Todd Braje, Ph.D. is a Professor of anthropological archaeology specializing in long-term human-environmental interactions, the archaeology of maritime societies, historical ecological approaches to understanding coastal hunter-gatherer-fishers, and the peopling of the New World.
He conducts much of his fieldwork on California’s Northern Channel Islands but also directs historical ecological projects in Baja Mexico, mainland southern California, and the Solomon Islands. Along with numerous academic journal articles detailing the results of his research, Dr. Braje has published two single-authored books and a co-edited volume. His most recent book is titled, Shellfish for the Celestial Empire The Rise and Fall of Commercial Abalone Fishing in California. Dr. Braje also serves as co-editor of the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.
Our projects focus on the deep history of maritime migrations and adaptations, human-environmental ecodyamics, and historical ecological approaches to understanding hunter-gatherer-fishers. We maintain field projects in Baja California, mainland coastal California, and the Solomon Islands. The majority of our archaeological field research has been conducted on California’s Northern Channel Islands where we investigate the 13,000 year history of human-environmental interactions and the application of archaeological records to modern fisheries management.