Melinda A. Zeder

Melinda A. Zeder, director of the Archeobiology Program at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution will lecture on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 163 of the Anthropology Building on the UNM Main Campus.

She will discuss the ways humans have brought a wide range of animals into domestic partnerships as livestock, transportation, and household pets and companions over the last 11,000 years.  Zeder will discuss the universal features of animal domestication and its impacts on the animals.  The lecture brings together archaeology, genetics and animal sciences to trace the three primary pathways that animals and their human partners have followed into domestication.

In addition to her duties at the museum, Zeder is an adjunct professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and an affiliated professor at the Center for Climate Change and Department of Anthropology at the University of Maine.  Her research interests include the domestication of animals, social and environmental implications of early agriculture in the ancient Near East; development of specialized subsistence economies in early complex societies; and the intersection of archaeology and genetics in documenting the domestication of plant and animal species.

The lecture is sponsored by the Journal of Anthropological Research.  It is free and open to the public.

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