Katherine Spielmann

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
USA
480-965-7212
Email: kate.spielmann@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Spielmann's current research concerns socio-ecological systems. She leads a collaborative team of archaeology and ecology faculty and students investigating the long-term ecological changes on Perry Mesa, Agua Fria National Monument, north of the Phoenix Basin that resulted from a pulse of occupation by farmers in the A.D. 1200s and 1300s. Other research interests are in archaeology, bioarchaeology, economic anthropology, exchange and social networks, and ritual economies in small-scale societies. Dr. Spielmann has focused much of her career on prehistoric economies, primarily in North America. She is especially interested in the ways in which economic intensification is fueled by increasing demands for food and goods in ritual, political, and social contexts. One of her primary contributions has been to demonstrate the variety of conditions under which small-scale societies with relatively simple political systems develop complex, specialized economies. She is also interested in the relationship between diet and health under different subsistence regimes. Dr. Spielmann teaches courses on the human dimensions of sustainability, North American archaeology, and economic archaeology.

Expertise

economics; diet; archaeology; socioecology; agrarian societies

Education

    Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1982

    M.A., University of Michigan, 1977

    A.B., Harvard University, 1976

Journal Articles

2011

Spielmann, K. A., M. C. Nelson, S. E. Ingram and M. A. Peeples. 2011. Sustainable small-scale agriculture in semi-arid environments. Ecology and Society 16(1):. DOI: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art26/ES-2010-3814.pdf. (link)

2006

Briggs, J. M., K. A. Spielmann, H. Schaafsma, K. W. Kintigh, M. Kruse, K. Morehouse and K. Schollmeyer. 2006. Why ecology needs archaeologists and archaeology needs ecologists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(4):180-188. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2006)004[0180:WENAAA]2.0.CO;2. (link)

Book Chapters

2012

Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, A. P. Kinzig, B. A. Nelson, J. M. Anderies, D. A. Abbott, K. A. Spielmann, S. E. Ingram, M. A. Peeples, S. A. Kulow, C. A. Strawhacker and C. A. Meegan. 2012. Long-term vulnerability and resilience: Three examples from archaeological study in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. In: Cooper, J. and P. Sheets eds., Learning to Live with Climate Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters.

2011

Spielmann, K. A., M. C. Nelson, S. E. Ingram and M. A. Peeples. 2011. Mitigating environmental risk in the US Southwest. Pp. 180-211 In: Miller, N. F., K. M. Moore and K. Ryan eds., Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural persistence in an ever-changing environment. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

2010

Kruse, M., H. Schaafsma, K. A. Spielmann and J. M. Briggs. 2010. Landscape legacies of prehistoric agriculture land-use in the Perry Mesa region, Central Arizona. In: Dean, R. ed., Anthropogenic Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives. Southern Illinois University Press.

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Posters

2010

Taylor, C., R. M. Aggarwal, H. Eakin and K. A. Spielmann. 2010. Local food in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Barriers and enablers as perceived by food system stakeholders. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability.

2008

Russell, W., H. Schaafsma and K. A. Spielmann. 2008. P.C. in the P-III (and beyond): Ceremonial racing as an integrative strategy in Central Arizona. Poster presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology meeting. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Schaafsma, H., M. Kruse, W. Russel, J. M. Briggs, K. A. Spielmann and S. J. Hall. 2008. Ancient agriculture of the Perry Mesa tradition in central Arizona: Interpreting ancient land-use and modern landscapes. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2011

Ingram, S. E., A. Dugmore, J. Areborg, G. Hambrecht, M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, T. H. McGovern, M. C. Nelson, R. Oram, M. Peeples, K. A. Spielmann and O. Vesteinsson. 2011. Climate hazards and social transformations in the North Atlantic region and in the U.S. Southwest, 900 to 1500 C.E. Presentation at the June 22-26 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences Conference, Iceland.

2008

Spielmann, K. A., J. M. Briggs, S. J. Hall, M. Kruse and H. Schaafsma. 2008. Legacies on the landscape: The enduring effects of long-term human-ecosystem interactions. Presentation March 19 at the 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Spielmann, K. A., H. Schaafsma, J. M. Briggs, S. J. Hall and M. Kruse. 2008. Legacies on the landscape: The enduring effects of long-term human-ecosystem interactions. Presentation at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology meeting. Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Conference Papers

2011

Trujillo, J. E., M. Kruse-Peeples, S. J. Hall, K. A. Spielmann and D. K. Nakase. 2011. Legacies on the landscape: Long-term socio-ecological interaction in the southwestern United States. In: Eaton, M. and P. Landres eds., May 24-28, 2010. Albuquerque, NM. Proceedings RMRS-P-000. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mount.

Reports

2009

Ingram, S. E. In: Spielmann, K. A., S. E. Ingram, S. A. Kulow, M. A. Peebles and C. M. Meegan eds., 2009. Salinas paleoclimate A.D. 1100 to 1700. Report submitted to the Western National Parks Association and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Aug 19, 2009.