Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2015
Ansari Business Building Room 619
Office Hours Spring 2019: Tues/Thurs 3:00-4:30 PM, EJCH 204
Human-environmental dynamics, human behavioral ecology, zooarchaeology, isotope ecology, hunter-gatherers.
I am broadly interested in how patterns of human settlement, subsistence, and mobility are influenced by the changing environment and cultural factors that mediate human-environmental dynamics. In particular, much of my work focuses on how the distribution and availability of environmental resources, along with cultural factors that affect how people use those resources, influence the distribution of human settlement.
I am primarily involved in an active research project in California. My work on California's Channel Islands has been ongoing since 2004. There, I use a combination of hydrology and human behavioral ecology models to understand the establishment, expansion, and contraction of human settlement on the islands through time. My current work involves the use of stable isotopic signatures to reconstruct environmental change on both long-term (climate change) and short-term (ENSO, inter-annual variation, seasonality) scales and the effects on patterns of human mobility.
I am also interested in applying Human Behavioral Ecology models to the Classical World. This includes applying models to settlement patterns for Bronze Age Greece. I have also joined the Gardens of the Hesperides project in the Loukkos River Valley, Morocco, under the direction of Stephen Collins-Elliot of the University of Tennessee. In this project, I am using the Ideal Free Distribution model to trace changes in settlement patterns outside of the primary site of Lixus.
I have recently completed a project that I began as a post-doc in Australia's Western Desert. There, I collaborated with colleagues at Penn State University to understand past settlement patterns and use stable isotopic analysis of faunal remains to track patterns of anthropogenic fires in the past.
I am co-director (with Christopher Morgan) of the Human Paleoecology and Archaeometry Laboratory at UNR. This laboratory includes a comparative faunal collection of terrestrial and marine species with a particular focus on North America. The laboratory also includes capabilities for stable isotope and radiocarbon sample processing, including organic, carbonate, and bone collagen samples. I encourage students interested in similar theoretical or methodological research questions to contact me.
- Anth 202 - Archaeology
- Anth 440a/640a - Archaeology of North America
- Anth 445/645 - Zooarchaeology
- Anth 449C/649C - Lab Methods in Archaeology
- Anth 708 - Advanced Seminar in Quaternary Studies
- Jazwa, C.S. and K.N. Johnson. 2017. Erosion of Coastal Archaeological Sites on Santa Rosa Island, California. Western North American Naturalist, 78(3):302-327.
- Jazwa, C.S., D.J. Kennett, B. Winterhalder, and T.L. Joslin. 2017. Territoriality and the Rise of Despotic Social Organization on Western Santa Rosa Island, California. Quaternary International https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.11.009.
- Jazwa, C.S., A.E. Gusick, D.K. McKenzie, and K.M. Hoppa. 2017. Low-Density Lithic Scatter Sites and the Distribution of Toolstone on Santa Rosa Island. California Archaeology 9(2):223-258.
- Jazwa, C.S. and K.A. Jazwa. 2017. Settlement Ecology in Bronze Age Messenia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 45:157-169.
- Jazwa, C.S. 2017. Coastal Erosion and Archaeological Site Formation Processes on Santa Rosa Island, California. In Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes, edited by A. Caporaso, pp. 163-188. Springer, New York.
- Jazwa, C.S. and D.J. Kennett. 2016 Sea Mammal Hunting and Site Seasonality on Western San Miguel Island, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 36(2):271-291.
- Jazwa, C.S., D.J. Kennett, and B. Winterhalder. 2016. A Test of Ideal Free Distribution Predictions Using Targeted Survey and Excavation on California's Northern Channel Islands. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 23:1242-1284.
- Jazwa, C.S., C.J. Duffy, L. Leonard, and D.J. Kennett. 2016. Hydrological Modeling and Prehistoric Settlement on California's Northern Channel Islands. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 31:101-120.
- Jazwa, C.S., T.J. Braje, J.M. Erlandson, and D.J. Kennett. 2015. Central Place Foraging and Shellfish Processing on California's Northern Channel Islands. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 40:33-47.
- Jazwa, C.S. and I.R. Mather. 2014. Excavation of a Submerged Shell Mound in Ninigret Pond, Southern Rhode Island. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(2):268-288.
- Jazwa, C.S., D.J. Kennett, and B. Winterhalder. 2013. The Ideal Free Distribution and Settlement History at Old Ranch Canyon, Santa Rosa Island. In California's Channel Islands: The Archaeology of Human-Environment Interactions, edited by C.S. Jazwa and J.E. Perry, pp. 75-96. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
- Jazwa, C.S. and J.E. Perry. 2013. The Ecological, Environmental, and Cultural Contexts for Island Archaeology. In California's Channel Islands: The Archaeology of Human-Environment Interactions, edited by C.S. Jazwa and J.E. Perry, pp. 5-25. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
- Jazwa, C.S., L.H. Gamble, and D.J. Kennett. 2013. A High-Precision Chronology for Two House Features at an Early Village Site on Western Santa Cruz Island, California, USA. Radiocarbon 55(1):185-199.
- Kennett, D.J., S.F.M. Breitenbach, V.V. Aquino, Y. Asmerom, J. Awe, J.U.L. Baldini, P. Bartlein, B.J. Culleton, C. Ebert, C. Jazwa, M.J. Macri, N. Marwan, V. Polyak, K.M. Prufer, H.E. Ridley, H. Sodemann, B. Winterhalder, and G.H. Haug. 2012. Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change. Science 338:788-791.
- Jazwa, C.S., D.J. Kennett, and D. Hanson. 2012. Late Holocene Subsistence Change and Marine Productivity on Western Santa Rosa Island, Alta California. California Archaeology 4(1):69-97.
- Jazwa, C.S. 2011. Temporal Changes in a Prehistoric and Early Historic Cultural Landscape along the Southern Rhode Island Coast. In The Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes, edited by B.L. Ford, pp. 129-146. Springer, New York.
- Perry, J.E. and C.S. Jazwa. 2010. Spatial and Temporal Variability in Chert Exploitation on Eastern Santa Cruz Island, California. American Antiquity 75(1):177-198.