Publications

Bliege Bird R, Codding BF, and Bird DW (2016) Economic, Social and Ecological Benefits of Hunting, Sharing and Fire in the Western Desert of Australia. In: 21st Century Hunting and Gathering, Codding, B.F. and Kramer, K., eds. SAR press: Santa Fe, NM. (in press)

Codding BF, Bliege Bird R, Bird DW and Zeanah D. (2016) Alternative Aboriginal Economies: Martu Livelihoods in the 21st Century. In: 21st Century Hunting and Gathering, Codding, B.F. and Kramer, K., eds. SAR press: Santa Fe, NM. (in press)

Bliege Bird, R, and Power, E.A. (2015) Prosocial signaling and cooperation among Martu hunters. Evolution and Human Behavior 36: 389-397.

Zeanah D, Codding BF, Bird DW, Bliege Bird R, Veth P (2015) Diesel and damper: disintensification among the Martu of Western Australia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 39:51–62.

Bliege Bird R. (2015) Disturbance, complexity, scale: new approaches to the study of human-environment interactions. Annual Reviews of Anthropology 44:241–257.

Bliege Bird R and Codding BF (2015) The sexual division(s) of labor. In: Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn, eds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p 1–16. 

Price OF, Pausas JG, Govender N, Flannigan M, Fernandes PM, Brooks ML, Bliege Bird R. 2015. Global patterns in fire leverage: the response of annual area burnt to previous fire. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24:297–306.

Codding BF, Bliege Bird R, Kauhanen P, Bird DW. (2014) Conservation or co-evolution? Dynamic effects of Aboriginal burning and hunting on kangaroo populations in Western Australia. Human Ecology 42(5):659-669.

Scelza, B.A., Bird, D.W., and Bliege Bird R. (2014) Bush Tucker, Shop Tucker: production and consumption in an Aboriginal outstation. Journal of Ecology of Food and Nutrition 53(1) 98-117.

Jones, J.H. and Bliege Bird, R. (2013) The marginal valuation of fertility. Evolution and Human Behavior 35:65-71.

Bliege Bird, R., Taylor N, Codding B.F., Bird D.W. (2013) Niche construction and Dreaming logic: Aboriginal patch mosaic burning increases populations of varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Western Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 280(1772), DOI: 20132297.

Jones J.H., Bliege Bird R., & Bird D.W. (2013) To kill a kangaroo: understanding the decision to pursue high-risk/high-gain resources. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280: DOI: 20131210.

Bird D.W., Codding, B.F., Bliege Bird, R, Zeanah ,D.W., Taylor, C.J. (2013) Megafauna in a Continent of Small Game: Archaeological Implications of Martu Camel Hunting in Australia's Western Desert. Quaternary International 297:155-166.

Bliege Bird, R., Codding, B. F., Kauhanen, P. G., & Bird, D. W. (2012). Aboriginal hunting buffers climate-driven fire-size variability in Australia’s spinifex grasslands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(26), 10287–10292.

Bliege Bird, R., B. Scelza, D. Bird and E.A. Smith (2012) The hierarchy of virtue: mutualism, altruism, and signaling in Martu women’s cooperative hunting. Evolution and Human Behavior 33:64-78.

Codding, B. F., Bliege Bird, R. and Bird, D.W. (2011) Provisioning offspring and others: risk–energy trade-offs and gender differences in hunter–gatherer foraging strategies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278(1717): 2502-2509.

Codding, B.F., Bird, D.W. and Bliege Bird, R. (2010) Interpreting abundance indices: some zooarchaeological implications of Martu foraging. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:3200-3210.

Bird, D.W. and Bliege Bird, R. (2010) Competing to be leaderless: food sharing and magnanimity among Martu Aborigines.  In: The Emergence of Leadership: Transitions in Decision-Making from Small-Scale to Middle Range Societies. Kantner, J. and K. Vaughn, eds, pp .21-49.  School of American Research Advanced Seminar.

Bliege Bird, R, Codding, B.F.  and Bird, D.W. (2009) What explains differences in men's and women's production: determinants of gendered foraging and production inequalities among Martu Human Nature 20: 105-129.

Bird, D.W., Bliege Bird, R., Codding, B.F. (2009) In pursuit of mobile prey: Martu hunting strategies and archaeofaunal interpretation.  American Antiquity 74:3-29.

Bliege Bird, R., D.W. Bird, B.F. Codding, C. Parker, J. Holland Jones(2008) The fire-stick farming hypothesis: Anthropogenic fire mosaics, biodiversity and Australian Aboriginal foraging strategies. Proc Nat Acad Sci 105(39):14796-14801.

Bliege Bird, R. and D. Bird(2008) Why women hunt: risk and contemporary foraging in a Western Desert Aboriginal community. Current Anthropology 49(4):655-693.

Scelza, B. and Bliege Bird, R. (2008) Group structure and female cooperative networks in Australia’s Western DesertHuman Nature 19:231–248.

Bliege Bird, R. (2007) Fishing and the sexual division of labor among the Meriam.  American Anthropologist 109:442-451.

Bliege Bird R and Smith EA (2005) Signaling theory, strategic interaction, and symbolic capital.  Current Anthropology 46(2): 221-248.

Bird DW, Bliege Bird R and Parker CH (2005) Aboriginal burning regimes and hunting strategies in Australia’s Western Desert.  Human Ecology 33: 443-464.

Smith EA and Bliege Bird R (2005) Costly signaling and prosocial behavior.  In: Moral Sentiments and Material Interrests: The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life, eds H. Gintis, S. Bowles, R. Boyd, and E. Fehr. Pp 115-148.  MIT press: Cambridge.

Bliege Bird R. and D. Bird(2005) Human hunting seasonality.  In: Primate Seasonality, ed. D. Brockman and C. van Schaik, pp. 243-266. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Bird DW and Bliege Bird R (2005) Evolutionary and ecological understandings of the Economics of Desert Societies: comparing the Great Basin USA and the Australian Deserts.  In Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives, P.M. Veth, M. Smith, and P. Hiscock (eds), pp. 81-99.  London: Blackwell Scientific.

Bird DWand Bliege Bird R (2005) Mardu children’s hunting strategies in the Western Desert, Australia: foraging and the evolution of human life histories.  In Hunter Gatherer Childhoods, B.S. Hewlett and M.E. Lamb eds, pp. 129-146. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Bird DW, Bliege Bird R, and Parker CH (2004) Women who hunt with fire.  Australian Aboriginal Studies 2004(1): 90-96.

Carter M, Barham A, O’Connor S, Veth P, Bird DW, and Bliege Bird R (2004) The Meriam Islands archaeological project:  preliminary results of excavations on Mer and Dauar, eastern Torres Strait. In: Torres Strait Archaeology and Material Culture, ed I. McNiven and M. Quinnell, pp. 163-182. Memiors of the Queensland Museum:  Brisbane.

Bird DW, Bliege Bird R, and Richardson JL  (2004) Meriam ethnoarchaeology: shellfishing and shellmiddens.  In: Torres Strait Archaeology and Material Culture, ed I. McNiven and M. Quinnell, pp. 183-197. Queensland Museum:  Brisbane.

Carter M, Barham A, Bird DW, O'Connor S, and Bliege Bird R. (2004) Archaeology of the Murray Islands, Torres Strait: implications for a regional prehistory.  In: Woven Histories, Dancing Lives: Torres Strait Islander Identity, Culture, and History, R. Davis, ed., pp. 234-258.  London: Australian Aboriginal Studies Press.

Smith EA, Bliege Bird R, and Bird DW (2003) The benefits of costly signaling: Meriam turtle hunters and spearfishers.  Behavioral Ecology 14(1)116-126.

Bliege Bird R, Bird DW, Smith EA, and Kushnick G, (2002) Risk and reciprocity in Meriam food sharing.  Evolution and Human Behavior 23:297-321.

Bliege Bird R. and Bird DW (2002) Constraints of knowing or constraints of growing? Fishing and collecting among the children of Mer.  Human Nature 13:239-267.

Bird DW and Bliege Bird R (2002) Children on the reef:  slow learning or strategic foraging?  Human Nature 13:269-297.

Hawkes K and Bliege Bird R (2002) Showing off, handicap signaling, and the evolution of men’s work.  Evolutionary Anthropology, 11:58-67.

Bliege Bird R, Smith EA, and Bird DW (2001). The hunting handicap: costly signaling in male foraging strategies.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 50:9-19.

Smith EA and Bliege Bird R (2000) Turtle hunting and tombstone opening: public generosity as costly signaling. Evolution and Human Behavior 21:245-261.

Bird DW and Bliege Bird R (2000) The ethnoarchaeology of juvenile foraging:  shellfishing strategies among Meriam children.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 19:461-476.

Bliege Bird R (1999) Cooperation and conflict: The behavioral ecology of the sexual division of labor. Evolutionary Anthropology 8:65-75.

Bird DW and Bliege Bird R (1997) Contemporary shellfish gathering strategies among the Meriam of the Torres Strait Islands, Australia: testing predictions of a central place foraging model. Journal of Archaeological Science 24:39-63.

Bliege Bird R and Bird DW (1997) Delayed reciprocity and tolerated theft:  the behavioral ecology of food sharing strategies.  Current Anthropology 38(1):49-78.

Bliege Bird R, Bird DW, and Beaton JM (1995) Children and traditional subsistence activities on Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Australia.  Australian Aboriginal Studies 1995(1): 2-17.

 

Commentaries, Book Reviews, and Other Publications

Codding, B.F., D.W. Bird, and R. Bliege Bird (2015). The real cost of closing remote communities. Arena Magazine http://arena.org.au/the-real-cost-of-closing-remote-communities-by-brian-f-codding-douglas-w-bird-and-rebecca-bliege-bird/.

Codding BF and Bliege Bird R (2012) Should I stay or should I go now? The spatial dynamics of foraging and diminishing returns. Comment on J. O’Connell and J. Allen ‘The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: modeling the colonization of Sahul. Australian Archaeology 74:18-19.

Codding BF, Bliege Bird R, Bird DW (2011). Women, men, risk and energy: a reply to Koster’s paradox of Aché foraging. Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1458.

Bird DW, Bliege Bird R, Parker CH (2010) Burning and hunting in Australia’s Western Desert. In: Human Ecology: contemporary research and practice. D.G. Bates and J. Tucker, eds., Pp 127-142. Springer.

Bird DW, Bliege Bird R, Parker CH (2004). Women who hunt with fire: Aboriginal resource use and fire regimes in Australia’s Western Desert.  Arid Lands Newsletter, 54(1): ISSN 1092-5481.

Bird DW and Bliege Bird R (2001) Comment on K. Hawkes et al.:  Hunting and nuclear families: some lessons from the Hadza about men’s work.  Current Anthropology 42(5).

Hawkes K, Bliege Bird R, and Bird DW (1998) Comment on D.S. Wilson: Hunting, sharing, and multilevel selection, Current Anthropology 39(1):89-90.

Bliege Bird R., Smith EA, and Bird DW (1997) Quantitative ethnography and the study of human social behavior.  Anthroquest.

Bird DW and Bliege Bird R (1997) The science of foragers:  evaluating variability among hunter-gatherers.  Antiquity 71:477-480.