My research aim is to explore the changes in man-animal relationship and the changes in environment (both natural and man-made). I analyze animal bones excavated from archaeological sites in order to investigate the degree of human impact on other organisms and the surrounding environment. Also within the focus of our research is how the changes in natural environment have affected on human subsistence and society.
Domestication, one of the most significant changes in human history, eventually made the birth of civilization possible, although it turned out to be also a cause of later global environmental degradation. Our current research focus on the process of animal and plant domestication and transition to a food producing economy. In particular, through the field works in Southwest Asia (Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Iran), I investigate the domestication processes of artiodactyls and the economic and social changes. In order to comprehensively understand the relationship of human and environments in the past, present, and future, we collaborate with specialists of various fields, namely molecular biology, environmental science, cultural and physical anthropology. An interdisciplinary study on the domestication process of wild boar has been conducted using the morphological and genetic data obtained from both modern and archaeological specimens from the Eurasian Continent as well as islands of Southeast Asia.