Cara Kubiak


M.Sc.: Archaeological Science, University of Oxford, 2016

B.A.: Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2013          

Supervisor: Michael Richards

Archaeology Isotope Laboratory


Research Areas: Paleoecology, Zooarchaeology, Stable Isotope Analysis

Research Interest:

I am interested in the past diet and ecology of both humans and animals, and in the development of new approaches that make use of the stable isotope makeup of the individual amino acids in collagen to infer an organism’s interaction with its environment in the past. I am also interested in environmental changes over time and the human and animal adaptations to and influence on these changes.

Ph.D. /M.A. Research:

I am working on learning about the lives of Pleistocene megafauna in British Columbia through the stable isotope composition of their remains.

MA Thesis:   

A Combined Biomolecular Approach to Zooarchaeology and Neanderthal Subsistence at Vindija Cave, Croatia

Other Activities:

Mushroom and edible plant identification and cultivation. Fermenting foods and beverages. Cooking. Cultural resource management. Caving.


2017  (Deviese, Thibaut., Ivor Karavanic, Daniel Comeskey, Cara Kubiak, Petra Korlevic, Mateja Hajdinjak, Siniša Radovic, Noemi Procopio, Michael Buckley, Svante Pääbo, and Tom Higham). Direct dating of Neanderthal remains from the site of Vindija Cave and implications for the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition. PNAS 114(40): 10606-10611.

Conference Presentations:   

2016  (Kubiak, C., T. Higham and M. Buckley). Comprehensive Biomolecular Analysis of Faunal Remains from Vindija Cave, Croatia [Poster Presentation]. 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology. Sept 16:  Oxford, UK


CRM survey in Ohio, 2014