Place of Work:
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Areas of Study:
Kristina Douglass is an archaeologist and human ecologist interested in how people and landscapes shape one another. She is an assistant professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Penn State University and is a research associate and former postdoctoral fellow of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Since 2011 Douglass has directed the Morombe Archaeological Project (MAP), based in the Velondriake Marine Protected Area of southwest Madagascar. This territory is home to diverse LID communities, including Vezo fishers, Mikea foragers and Masikoro herders. The MAP team is made up of Velondriake LID community members, and an international group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The MAP is anchored at Penn State to the Olo Be Taloha Lab (@OBTLab and https://obtlab.la.psu.edu) for African Environmental Archaeology, which Douglass also directs. Douglass is a mother, singer, dancer, Capoeirista, SCUBA diver and avid gardener, all of which intersect in essential ways with her work as an archaeologist.