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Iain McKechnie

Assistant Professor
Research Programs/Projects
Courses Taught at Hakai
Iain is a coastal archaeologist interested in the history of food and settlement as a medium for understanding human-environmental relations on the Pacific Northwest Coast. He is a specialist in zooarchaeology (the archaeology of animal bones) and historical ecology (contextualizing modern ecosystem observations with those from well before the 20th or 21st centuries). He is also keen on cartography, visualization of archaeological data, and digital archaeological techniques and technologies.
His research focuses on the human use of animals, with a particular concentration on fish, shellfish, and marine mammals along the British Columbia Coast. He explores how these ancient records broaden contemporary perspectives on present day resource management challenges and the legacy of Indigenous settlement, use, and care for coastal environments. 
Iain is an incoming faculty member and will be beginning his position in January 2016 with the support of the Tula Foundation. He will be participating in research with the Hakai Institute’s marine science programs as well as conducting ongoing fieldwork out of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in Nuu-chah-nulth territories in Barkley Sound along the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Contact: iim [at]