Colleen Strawhacker

Research Scientist I


PhD, Arizona State University, 2013


Social sciences data management; anthropology; environmental science; human and environmental interactions

  • dataARC

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Expeditions

  • May 2014: Organized a session on data management in the social sciences for the International Congress for Arctic Social Sciences
  • Ongoing: Collaborating with the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO, pan-North Atlantic), The Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES - Sweden), a consortium of Scottish Universities with expertise in climate science (St. Andrews and Edinburgh), and HumLAB (Sweden) to develop interoperable databases to analyze and visualize long-term human ecodynamics across the North Atlantic
  • Ongoing: Participating in a collaboration between archaeologists in the U.S. Southwest (The Long-Term Vulnerability and Transformation Project —LTVTP) and the North Atlantic (NABO) to develop comparative research strategies for studying the relationship between ancient people and climate

Upcoming Fieldwork

  • Archaeological excavation in the Mývatn region of Iceland in August 2014

Current Research

  • Developing cyberinfrastructure for the Arctic social sciences
  • Studying how ancient peoples in marginal environments (including the North Atlantic and the U.S. Southwest) mediated risk to food shortfall and incorporated adaptations to ongoing climate change
  • Researching the relationship between soil management and long-term irrigation systems in arid environments, including coastal Peru and the U.S. Southwest


Society for American Archaeology

International Arctic Social Science Association

Resilience Alliance

Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance



Strawhacker, C. A. 2017. O’odham Irrigated Agriculture Response to Colonialization on the Middle Gila River, Southern Arizona. In New Mexico and the Primería Alta: The Colonial Period in the American Southwest, p. 331-354, eds. J. G. Douglass and W. M. Graves. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado.


Nelson, M. C., S. E. Ingram, A. J. Dugmore, R. Streeter, M. A. Peeples, T. H. McGovern, M. Hegmon, J. Arneborg, K. W. Kintigh, S. Brewington, K. A. Spielmann, I. A. Simpson, C. Strawhacker, L. E. L. Comeau, A. Torvinen, C. K. Madsen, G. Hambrecht, and K Smiarowski. 2016. Climate challenges, vulnerabilities, and food security. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(2): 298-303. doi:10.1073/pnas.1506494113.

Strawhacker, C., Grant Snitker, Katherine Spielmann, Maryann Wasiolek, Jonathan Sandor, Ann Kinzig, and Keith Kintigh. 2016. Risk Landscapes and Domesticated Landscapes: Food Security in the Salinas Province. In Landscapes of Social Transformation in the Salinas Province and the Eastern Pueblo World, p. 103-118, ed. K. A. Spielmann. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.


Woodson, M. K., J. A. Sandor, C. Strawhacker, and W. D. Miles. 2015. Hohokam Canal irrigation and the formation of irragric anthrosols in the Middle Gila River Valley, Arizona, USA. Geoarchaeology 30(4): 271-290, doi:10.1002/gea.21513.

Torvinen, A., M. Hegmon, A. P. Kinzig, M. C. Nelson, M. A. Peeples, C. Strawhacker, K. G. Schollmeyer, and L. Swantek. 2015. "Transformation without collapse: Two cases from the U.S. Southwest. In Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation in Complex Societies, eds. R. K. Faulseit and J. H. Anderson, 262-286. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.


Hall, S. J., J. Trujillo, D. Nakase, C. Strawhacker, M. Kruse-Peeples, H. Schaafsma, and J. Briggs. 2013. Legacies of prehistoric agricultural practices within plant and soil properties across an arid ecosystem. Ecosystems 16(7): 1,273-1,293, doi:10.1007/s10021-013-9681-0.

Strawhacker, C. 2013. Historic O’odham irrigated agriculture and colonial forces on the Middle Gila River, Southern Arizona. In Transformations During the Colonial Era: Divergent Histories in the American Southwest, eds. J. Douglass and W. Graves. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado.

Strawhacker, C., P. L. Pulsifer, and S. Gearheard. 2013. New efforts to ensure the proper management and curation of social science data from the Arctic. Northern Notes Issue 40 (Autumn/Winter 2013).

Torvinen, A. L., M. Hegmon, A. P. Kinzig, M. C. Nelson, M. A. Peeples, K. G. Schollmeyer, C. Strawhacker, and L. Swantek. 2013. Transformation Without Collapse: Two Cases for the American Southwest. In Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Reorganization in Complex Societies: Proceedings of the 29th Annual SIU Visiting Scholars Conference, ed. R. Faulseit, Southern Illinois University.


Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, B. A. Nelson, J. M. Anderies, D. A. Abbott, Katherine A. Spielmann, S. Ingram, M. A. Peeples, C. Strawhacker, C. Meegan. 2012. Long-term vulnerability and resilience: three examples from archaeological study in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology. J. Cooper and P. Sheets, eds. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.


Nelson, M. C., and C. Strawhacker (eds). 2011. Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.


Larson, K. L., E. M. Cook, C. Strawhacker, and S. J. Hall. 2010. The influence of diverse values, ecological structure, and geographic context on residents' multifaceted landscaping decisions. Human Ecology 38(6): 747-76, doi:10.1007/s10745-010-9359-6

Related Resources

Colleen Strawhacker

North Atlantic Biocultural Organization

Long-term Vulnerability and Transformation Project