Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Anthropology
Pei-Lin Yu, Ph.D.
Mark Plew, Ph.D.
Cheryl Anderson, Ph.D.
Camas (Camassia quamash) is well documented as a traditional native food source throughout the Northwestern United States and Canada. A better understanding of the historic distribution of camas in Idaho would help to distinguish root foraging in this region from the Pacific Northwest. Modern grazing, development, climate change, and other factors have decimated native camas in this region. This study uses a species distribution model (MaxEnt) to provide a well-informed geospatial projection of the historic distribution and habitat characteristics of camas in Southern Idaho. Understanding the most significant landscape and climate characteristics for camas allows us to estimate suitable habitats, and therefore the potential influence of camas on human diet breadth and mobility in the Late Archaic.
Johnson, Royce, "Using a Species Distribution Approach to Model Historic Camas (Camassia quamash) in Southern Idaho and Implications for Foraging in the Late Archaic" (2020). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1745.