Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Oregon (2003); M.A. Historic Preservation, University of Oregon (2003), M.A. Anthropology, University of Montana (1996); B.A. Criminal Justice, B.A. Anthropology, Eastern Washington University (1994)
Dr. Scott M. Fitzpatrick is an archaeologist who specializes in the archaeology of island and coastal regions, particularly the Pacific and Caribbean. Much of his research focuses on colonization events, seafaring strategies, adaptations to smaller islands, exchange systems, chronometric techniques, and human impacts on ancient environments. He has active field projects in Palau (western Micronesia); several islands in the Caribbean, including Carriacou, Mustique, Curaçao, Barbados, and Nevis; the Florida Keys; and the Oregon Coast.
Dr. Fitzpatrick is the founding Co-Editor of The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), Associate Editor for Archaeology in Oceania, and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports and Caribbean Journal of Science. Recent publications have appeared in Nature Scientific Reports, Science, Science Advances, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Archaeology in Oceania, Geoarchaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Economic Anthropology, International Journal of Paleopathology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Biogeography, Radiocarbon, The American Naturalist, and World Archaeology.
He also has edited several special issues of journals and volumes, including Voyages of Discovery: the Archaeology of Islands (Praeger, 2004), Island Shores, Distant Pasts: Archaeological and Biological Perspectives on the Pre-Columbian Settlement of the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2010), and Ancient Psychoactive Substances (University Press of Florida, 2018). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan), among others.
2022 (to date)
Matthew F. Napolitano, Elliot H. Blair, Laure Dussubieux, and Scott M. Fitzpatrick. 2022. Chemical Analysis of Glass Beads in Palau, Western Micronesia Reveals 19th Century Inter-Island Exchange Systems in Transition. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 45:103542.
Ryan S. Mohammed, Grace Turner, Kelly Fowler, Michael Pateman, Maria A. Nieves-Colon, Lanya Fanovich, Siobhan B. Cooke, Liliana M. Davalos, Scott M. Fitzpatrick, Christina M. Giovas, Myles Stokowski, Ashley A. Wrean, Melissa Kemp, Michelle J. LeFebvre, and Alexis M. Mychajliw. 2022. Colonial Legacies Influence Biodiversity Lessons: How Past Trade Routes and Power Dynamics Shape Present Day Scientific Research and Professional Opportunities for Caribbean Scientists. The American Naturalist 200(1):140-155.
Michelle J. LeFebvre, Traci A. Ardren, Victor D. Thompson, Scott M. Fitzpatrick, and Sara Ayers-Rigsby. 2022. In Support of Sustainability: Zooarchaeological Insights into Indigenous Human-Animal Interactions and Vertebrate Biodiversity in the Florida Keys, USA. Sustainability 14(11):6552.
Scott M. Fitzpatrick. 2022. ‘Detritus of a Coming World’: The Colonization of Islands as Microcosms for Human Impacts on an Interplanetary Scale. In Speciesism in Biology and Culture: How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries (Brian Swartz and Brent D. Mishler, eds). Springer International Publishing.
Greg Nelson, Taylor Dodrill, and Scott M. Fitzpatrick. 2022. A Probable Case of Leprosy from Colonial Period St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Southeastern Caribbean. International Journal of Paleopathology 36:7-13.
Richard Callaghan, Alvaro Montenegro, and Scott M. Fitzpatrick. 2022 . The Effects of Intra and Inter Annual Wind and Current Variation on Sailing Raft Travel along the Pacific Coast of the Americas. In Waves of Influence: Pacific Maritime Networks Connecting Mexico, Central America, and Northwestern South America (Charles Beekman and Colin McEwan, eds.). Dumbarton Oaks Washington D.C. (to be published Spring 2022).
Julien Louys, Todd J. Braje, Chun-Hsiang Chang, Richard Cosgrove, Scott M. Fitzpatrick, Masaki Fujita, Stuart Hawkins, Thomas Ingicco, Ai Kawamura, Ross D.E. MacPhee, Matthew McDowell, Hanneke J.M. Meijer, Philip Piper, Patrick Roberts, Alan H. Simmons, Gerrit van den Bergh, Alexandra van der Geer, Shimona Kealy, Sue O’Connor. 2021. No Evidence for Widespread Island Extinctions after Pleistocene Hominin Arrival. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (20) e2023005118. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2023005118
Scott M. Fitzpatrick, Matthew F. Napolitano, and Jessica H. Stone. 2021. What is the Most Parsimonious Explanation for Where Pre-Columbian Caribbean Peoples Originated? In The Archaeology of Island Colonization: Global Approaches to Initial Human Settlement (Matthew Napolitano, Jessica Stone, and Robert DiNapoli, eds.):231-264. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
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