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James Coil
Archaeological Research Facility
2251 College Ave.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
coil@cal.berkeley.edu
James


In 2004 I completed my Ph.D. dissertation on pre-contact agricultural practices and environmental change in Kahikinui, Maui, Hawaii, and I am currently working as a lecturer at the University of California’s Santa Cruz campus. My general research interests include archaeobotany, paleoecology, prehistoric agriculture, and microscopy.

My most recent post-doctoral research at UC Berkeley took place as part of the collaborative NSF Biocomplexity project "Human Ecodynamics in the Hawaiian Ecosystem: 1200-200 B.P.", where my work was focused on the identification and interpretation of wood charcoal and plant microfossils from excavations on the islands of Maui and Hawaii. In March, I will begin a two-year post-doctoral research position in the Institute of History and Philology at Taiwan’s Academia Sinica.

I also operate a small consulting and contracting business called James Coil Research Services, through which I provide archaeobotanical field and laboratory analysis and training, as well as photomicroscopy services and research design consultation. For more information about JCRS, please click here.

Curriculum Vitae
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