Shannon Tushingham is an anthropological archaeologist with research broadly centered on human-environmental relationships and the evolutionary archaeology of hunter-gatherer-fishers in western North America. Her research program involves field, laboratory, and legacy collection studies in collaboration with indigenous communities that explore: (1) the behavioral ecology and evolution of hunter-gatherer socio-economic systems, (2) the evolution of psychoactive plant use by worldwide human cultures, and (3) equity and multivocality in STEM and the dissemination of knowledge. Current projects investigate women, leadership, and decision-making (past and present), the fundamental role of women in the development of storage based societies, and the historical ecology of coastal habitats and fisheries use.
This website is currently under construction and will showcase current by Dr. Tushingham and her students, including both scholarly activities and community outreach and education. So stay tuned! If you are interested in Dr. Tushingham and her collaborators’ ongoing research on the ancient use of psychoactive plants be sure to visit the Psychoactive Plants Project website.