Constance Browne

Connie BrownePh.D. in Environmental Biology and Ecology, University of Alberta, 2009
M.Sc. in Biology, Lakehead University, 2003
B.Sc. in Biology, University of New Brunswick Saint John, 2001
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  • Resource selection and movement patterns by Middle Palaeolithic hominins

My research is a cross-disciplinary project, we use data analysis methods that have typically been used in the field of wildlife ecology and apply them to datasets of lithic materials used by Middle Palaeolithic hominins. 

We use geographical information systems (GIS) and multivariate statistics to determine how variables such as lithic quality, rock size, lithic source extent, terrain difficulty, and path distance influence which lithic source areas were selected by hominins and how they likely moved across the landscape to reach these sources (e.g., least-cost paths vs. straight-line paths).

Selected publications

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Wilson, L. and C.L. Browne.  Change in raw material selection and subsistence behaviour through time at a Middle Palaeolithic site in southern France.  Journal of Human Evolution: In press.  

Browne, C.L. and L. Wilson. 2013. Evaluating inputs to models of hominin raw material selection: map resolution and path choices. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(2013): 3955-3962.

Browne, C.L., and L. Wilson. 2011. Resource selection of lithic raw materials in the Middle Palaeolithic in southern France. Journal of Human Evolution 61(2011): 597-608.

Browne, C.L., and C.A. Paszkowski. 2010. Factors affecting the timing of movements to hibernation sites by western toads. Herpetologica 66(3): 250–258.

Browne, C.L., and C.A. Paszkowski. 2010. Hibernation sites of western toads (Anaxyrus boreas): characterization and management implications. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5(1): 49-63.

Browne, C.L., C.A. Paszkowski, A.L. Foote, A.E. Moenting, and S.M. Boss. 2009. The relationship of amphibian abundance to habitat features across spatial scales in the Boreal Plains. Ecoscience 16(2): 209-223.

Browne, C.L.  2009.  Distribution and population trends of the Canadian toad (Anaxyrus hemiophrys) in Alberta.  Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division. Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 126, Edmonton, AB. 30 pp.

Browne, C.L., and S.J. Hecnar.  2007.  Species loss and shifting population structure of freshwater turtles despite habitat protection.  Biological Conservation 138:421-429.

Browne, C.L., and S.J.  Hecnar.  2005.  An effective method for trapping map turtles (Graptemys geographica) and other basking freshwater turtles.  Herpetological Review 36(3): 145-147.

Eaton, B.R., C. L. Browne, C.A. Paszkowski, Z.C. Eaton, and R. Chapman.  2005.  Bufo boreas (Western toad).  Seed dispersal.  Herpetological Review 36(1): 52-53.

Browne, C.L., and J.M. Terhune.  2003.  Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina, Linnaeus) abundance and fish migration in the Saint John Harbour.  Northeastern Naturalist 10(2):131-140.