Dr. Zavodny is an environmental archaeologist specializing in zooarchaeology, bioarchaeology, and isotope geochemistry. She received her BA from Wake Forest University and MA and PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research investigates how prehistoric human and animal populations successfully adapted to uncertainty and risk posed by marginal landscapes, resource scarcity, and/or changing climate and environments. She is additionally interested in how studying past resilience, sustainability, and biodiversity can help us approach present-day social and environmental problems. Dr. Zavodny currently works in Croatia evaluating the scale, timing, and continuing effects of intensive livestock husbandry practices from the Neolithic (~6000-4000 BC) onwards, but has also participated in archaeological projects in Albania, Italy, Portugal, and Mexico.

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