I am an environmental archaeologist whose research focuses on human-ecosystem interactions along both the North American and European coastlines of the Atlantic. I combine analyses of tree rings, botanicals, shells and other faunal remains, and coastal palaeohydrology in order to better understand the localized manifestations of climate change episodes in the ancient past and how these shifts intersected with cultural trajectories. I am also working to employ deep-time archaeological and paleoenvironmental data to inform and improve coastal management policy in the 21st century.
M.A., University of Chicago, 2012
B.A., University of Virginia, 2011
Climate change, coastal environmental archaeology, historical ecology, Southeast and mid-Atlantic U.S., Atlantic Europe, dendrochronology, paleoethnobotany, shell middens, public archaeology
In press. Napora, Katharine G., Alexander Cherkinsky, Robert J. Speakman, Victor D. Thompson, Robert Horan, and Craig Jacobs. Radiocarbon Pretreatment Comparisons of Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) Wood Samples from a Massive Buried Deposit on the Georgia Coast, USA. Radiocarbon.
2019. Napora, Katharine G., James Bonsall, Stuart Rathbone, and Victor D. Thompson. Geoarchaeological Analysis of a Dunefield Shell Midden in Carrowdough Townland, County Sligo, Ireland. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 14(3): 394-410. https://doi.org/10.1080/15564894.2018.1531332
2018. Speakman Robert J., Carla S. Hadden, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin Cramb, K.C. Jones, Travis W. Jones, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katharine G. Napora, Katherine L. Reinberger, Brandon T. Ritchison, Alex R. Edwards, and Victor D. Thompson. Market Share and Recent Hiring Trends in Anthropology Faculty Positions. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0202528. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202528.
2018. Speakman, Robert J., Carla S. Hadden, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin Cramb, K.C. Jones, Travis W. Jones, Corbin L. Kling, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katharine G. Napora, Katherine L. Reinberger, Brandon T. Ritchison, Maria Jose Rivera-Araya, April K. Smith, and Victor D. Thompson. Choosing a Path to the Ancient World in a Modern Market: The Reality of Faculty Jobs In Archaeology. American Antiquity 83(1): 1-12.
2017. Thompson, Victor D., Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin E. Cramb, Katharine G. Napora, Jacob Lulewicz, and Brandon T. Richison. Plummets, Public Ceremonies, and Interactions Networks During the Woodland Period in Florida. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48: 193-206.
Selected Grants and Fellowships:
2018. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Human Adaptation to Long Term Environmental Change. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards. Victor D. Thompson (P.I.) and Doctoral candidate Katharine Napora (co-P.I.).
2017. Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant. The Graduate School, University of Georgia.
2016. Agnese N. Haury Visiting Scholar Fellowship. University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.
2014. Geoarchaeology of an Eroding Coastal Shell Midden in Co. Sligo, Ireland. National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grants.