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BSc Anthropology, Michigan State University
MSc Archaeological Science, University of Oxford
MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
Abigail earned her BS in Anthropology from Michigan State University (2007), her MS in Archaeological Science from University of Oxford (2009), and her MA in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University (2014). In the course of her fieldwork, Fisher has worked on three continents, at sites temporally ranging from 2000 B.C. to AD 1860.
Her focus is the use of bones in the reconstruction of human and animal migration and movement, diet, and lifestyle. For her current work, Fisher uses zooarchaeology and archaeological science, specifically stable isotope analysis, to study the relationship between foragers and farmers using dogs as dietary proxies for humans. Her main research area is the North American northern Great Plains, where the complex relationship between migrating farmers and indigenous foragers is largely understudied.
Prior to entering into the PhD program at SMU, Abigail was an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Wayne County Community College District and Oakland Community College in Michigan.
Entered program in 2013
Region of Study:
North American northern Plains
Honors and Awards:
2017 Steed Travel Award (SMU Department of Anthropology)
2017 Graduate Research Grant (SMU Institute for the Study of Earth and Man)
2017 Graduate Student Travel Grant (SMU Dedman Graduate Student Assembly)
2017 Graduate Student Travel Grant (SMU Office of Research and Graduate Studies)
2016 Cynthia Kordecki Scholarship (North Dakota Archaeological Association)
2016 Garry Weber Archaeology Fund (SMU Department of Anthropology)
2015 Steed Travel Award (SMU Department of Anthropology)
2015 Graduate Student Travel Grant (SMU Office of Research and Graduate Studies)
2014 Graduate Research Grant (SMU Institute for the Study of Earth and Man)
Fisher, Abigail E. (2016) Methods for the identification of dog and dog/wolf hybrids from wild canids in the Northern Plains: Introduction and Update. NDAA Newsletter. Bismarck, ND.
Battillo, Jenna M., and Abigail E. Fisher (2015) Reconstructing Meat Consumption through Biomarker Analyses of Paleofeces. Ethnobiology Letters 6(1): 111-113.
Fisher, Abigail E., and Richards, M. Thomas (2012) "Isotopic and zooarchaeological investigation of later medieval and post-medieval cattle husbandry at Dudley Castle, West Midlands." Environmental Archaeology. 17(2): 151-167.