BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ezra Zubrow, PhD, of Amherst, a University at
Buffalo archaeologist of international renown whose recent research
has taken him from India to Finland, and from Northern Quebec and
Egypt to Kamchatka, has been elected a Fellow of the scholarly
Society of Antiquaries of London, the world's premiere learned
society for heritage.
This distinguished international association was founded in 1707
(although its roots extend into the 16th century) to encourage,
advance and further the study and knowledge of the antiquities and
history of Britain and countries abroad. Fellows, elected by
existing members of the society in recognition of their significant
achievement in the heritage field, are entitled to use the initials
FSA after their names.
Fellows include directors of national museums and galleries,
heads of university departments and directors of conservation
charities, as well as well-known authors, journalists and
broadcasters, bishops, peers and members of parliament, and members
of other professions, all distinguished by their expertise in
various aspects of heritage studies. Stephen Dyson, PhD, Park
Professor of Classics at UB, was elected a fellow in 2009.
Zubrow is a professor in the UB departments of anthropology and
geography in the UB College of Arts and Sciences and senior
research scientist at the National Center for Geographic
Information Analysis Laboratory (UB), which he helped to found. He
also is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of
Toronto, and an honorary Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at
Cambridge University and was the Yip Fellow in 2008 and 2010 at
Magdalene College, Cambridge.
His work reflects a diverse set of academic interests -- arctic
archaeology and anthropology, climate change, human ecology and
demography -- and a deep interest in such social issues as
heritage, disability and literacy, Nordic archaeology, ecology,
simulation models and global information systems.
Since 2004 he has worked intensively with teams of US, Finnish,
Canadian and Russian scientists in the Arctic regions of St. James
Bay, Quebec; Yli-ii, Finland and Kamchatka, Siberia to understand
how humans living 4,000 to 6,000 years ago reacted to climate
This study, which has collected a vast array of archaeological
and paleoenvironmental data, began with the Social Change and the
Environment in Nordic Prehistory Project (SCENOP), a major
international research study by scientists from the U.S., Canada
and Europe of prehistoric sites in Northern Quebec and Finland.
Early phases of the study were headed by Zubrow along with
scientists at McGill University (Montreal) and Finland's Oulu
A later phase of the study, called the International Circumpolar
Archaeological Project (ICAP) was funded by the National Science
Foundation's Arctic Social Sciences Program of the Office of Polar
Programs. Headed by Zubrow, it focused on a third sub-arctic
region: Siberia's remote Kamchatka peninsula, a rough and extremely
volcanic wilderness region the size of California.
In addition to his academic work, Zubrow is a longtime union
activist. He is the immediate past president of the UB Buffalo
Center Chapter of United University Professions, the SUNY
faculty/professional staff union, and currently serves as its vice
president for academics.
This month, he was elected president of the UB Faculty Senate,
the elected, official representative body of the Voting Faculty at
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.