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Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 315
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e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de


Elspeth Ready

Senior Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig  

Phone: +49 341 3550 323
E-mail: elspeth_ready@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Office: level 1, room u1.15

Personal website: https://elspethr.github.io/

Research interests

I am an anthropologist and archaeologist with broad interests that originate in questions about the evolution of human subsistence adaptation and which have more recently led to a focus on using social network analysis to better incorporate social structural constraints and economic inequalities into behavioral ecological approaches to cooperation. Research based on my ethnographic fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic has focused on the role of traditional foods and food sharing in Inuit food security, resilience to climate change, and health and well-being. My archaeological research focuses on Neandertal subsistence ecology and on zooarchaeological methods.

Publications

2020

Koster, J., Mcelreath, R., Hill, K., Yu, D., Shepard, G., Vliet, N. V., Gurven, M., Kaplan, H., Trumble, B., Bird, R. B., Bird, D., Codding, B., Coad, L., Pacheco-Cobos, L., Winterhalder, B., Lupo, K., Schmitt, D., Sillitoe, P., Franzen, M., Alvard, M., Venkataraman, V., Kraft, T., Endicott, K., Beckerman, S., Marks, S. A., Headland, T., Pangau-Adam, M., Siren, A., Kramer, K., Greaves, R., Reyes-García, V., Guèze, M., Duda, R., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Gallois, S., Napitupulu, L., Ellen, R., Ziker, J., Nielsen, M. R., Ready, E., Healey, C., & Ross, C. (2020). The life history of human foraging: Cross-cultural and individual variation. Science Advances,6(26): eaax9070.
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Ready, E. (2020). Climate colonialism and “adaptive capacity“ in the Arctic. American Journal of Physical Anthropology,171(S69), 229-229.
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Ready, E., Habecker, P., Abadie, R., Dávila-Torres, C. A., Rivera-Villegas, A., Khan, B., & Dombrowski, K. (2020). Comparing Social Network Structures Generated through Sociometric and Ethnographic Methods. Field Methods,32(4), 416-432.
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Ready, E., Habecker, P., Abadie, R., Khan, B., & Dombrowski, K. (2020). Competing forces of withdrawal and disease avoidance in the risk networks of people who inject drugs. PLoS One,15(6): e0235124.
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2019

Morin, E., Beauval, C., Boileau, A., Ready, E., & Laroulandie, V. (2019). The number of distinct elements: Extending a landmark-based counting unit to other taxa. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,24, 773-784.
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Power, E. A., & Ready, E. (2019). Cooperation beyond consanguinity: Post-marital residence, delineations of kin, and social support among South Indian Tamils. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences,374(1780): 20180070.
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Ready, E. (2019). Why subsistence matters. Hunter Gatherer Research,3(4), 635-649.
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Ready, E., & Morin, E. (2019). Preliminary analysis of faunal remains from three Middle Paleolithic deposits in Charente, France. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,24, 290-301.
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2018

Bliege Bird, R., Ready, E., & Power, E. A. (2018). The social significance of subtle signals. Nature Human Behaviour,2(7), 452-457.
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Power, E. A., & Ready, E. (2018). Building bigness: Reputation, prominence, and social capital in rural South India. American Anthropologist,120(3), 444-459.
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Ready, E. (2018). Sharing-based social capital associated with harvest production and wealth in the Canadian Arctic. PLoS One,13(3): e0193759.
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Ready, E. (2018). Who, being loved, is poor?: Poverty, marriage, and changing family structures in the Canadian Arctic. Human Organization,77(2), 122-134.
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Ready, E., & Collings, P. (2018). Rethinking “big problems” in Arctic health. Anthropology News,59(1), e71-e76.
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Ready, E., & Power, E. A. (2018). Why wage earners hunt: Food sharing, social structure, and influence in an Arctic mixed economy. Current Anthropology,59(1), 74-97.
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2017

Morin, E., Ready, E., Boileau, A., Beauval, C., & Coumont, M.-P. (2017). Problems of identification and quantification in archaeozoological analysis, Part I: Insights from a blind test. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory,24(3), 886-937.
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Morin, E., Ready, E., Boileau, A., Beauval, C., & Coumont, M.-P. (2017). Problems of identification and quantification in archaeozoological analysis, Part II: Presentation of an alternative counting method. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory,24(3), 938-973.
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2016

Ready, E. (2016). Challenges in the assessment of Inuit food security. Arctic,69(3), 266-280.
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2015

Ready, E. (2015). Ensuring country food access for a food secure future in Nunavik. Arctic and International Relations Series: Quebec policy on the Arctic: Challenges and perspectives, (1), 50-54.
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2013

Morin, E., & Ready, E. (2013). Foraging goals and transport decisions in Western Europe during the paleolithic and early holocene. In J. L. Clark, & J. D. Speth (Eds.), Zooarchaeology and modern human origins: Human hunting behavior during the later pleistocene (pp. 227-269). Dordrecht: Springer.
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Ready, E. (2013). Neandertal foraging during the late Mousterian in the Pyrenees: New insights based on faunal remains from Gatzarria Cave. Journal of Archaeological Science,40(3), 1568-1578.
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2010

Ready, E. (2010). Neandertal man the hunter: A history of Neandertal subsistence. vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology,10(1), 58-80.
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