- Dean's Research Associate
McDonel Hall E-29
- Indigenous archaeology
- Environmental archaeology
- Historical ecology
- Applied archaeology
- Small-scale societies
- Ancient fisheries
Gabriel M. Sanchez joined the Department of Anthropology as a College of Social Science Dean’s Research Associate after earning his degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Gabriel is trained in anthropological archaeology and North American archaeology and specializes in indigenous and environmental archaeology. Working through the lens of historical ecology, he studies ancient fisheries along the Pacific Coast of North America and how data from archaeological sites can inform contemporary resource management and conservation. He is the director of the Coastal Archaeology and Zooarchaeology Laboratory. Currently, Gabriel is involved in a collaborative and community-based participatory research project with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and California State Parks to investigate the native range of California’s endangered salmon species, which are vulnerable to extinction or extirpation. The research will define which salmon were native to coastal streams to help resource managers prioritize stream protection and restoration, water allocation, and inform land-use practices.
Current Research Projects
An Evaluation of the Timing, Development, and Scale of Anthropogenic Landscape and Seascape Management in Central California
Archaeology as Conservation Science: Investigating the Historical Range of California’s Endangered Salmon
Historical Ecology of Anthropogenic Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore and the Santa Cruz Coast
2020 Sanchez, Gabriel M. Indigenous Stewardship of Marine and Estuarine Fisheries?: Reconstructing the Ancient Size of Pacific Herring Through Linear Regression Models. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 29: 102061.
2019 Rick, Torben, Todd Braje, Thomas Wake, Gabriel Sanchez, Robert DeLong, and Kent Lightfoot. Seventy Years of Archaeological Research on California’s Farallon Islands. California Archaeology 11(2):1-21.
2018 Sanchez, Gabriel M., Kenneth W. Gobalet, Roberta Jewett, Rob Q. Cuthrell, Michael A. Grone, Paul Engel, and Kent G. Lightfoot. The Historical Ecology of Central California Coast Fishing: Perspectives from Point Reyes National Seashore. Journal of Archaeological Science 100: 1-15.
2018 Sanchez, Gabriel M., Brendan J. Culleton, Michael Buckley, Jon M. Erlandson, Douglas J. Kennett, Robert L. Losey, and Torben C. Rick. Radiocarbon Dating Legacy Collections: A Bayesian Analysis of High-Precision AMS 14C Dates from the Par-Tee Site, Oregon. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 21: 833-848.
2017 Lightfoot Kent G., Edward M. Luby, and Gabriel M. Sanchez. Monumentality in the Hunter-Gatherer- Fisher Landscapes of the Greater San Francisco Bay, California. Hunter Gatherer Research 3(1): 65-85.
2017 Sanchez, Gabriel M., Jon M. Erlandson, and Nicholas Tripcevich. Quantifying the Association of Chipped Stone Crescents with Wetlands and Paleoshorelines of Western North America. North American Archaeologist 38(2): 107137.
2016 Sanchez, Gabriel M., Jon M. Erlandson, Torben C. Rick, Douglas J. Kennett, and Brendan J. Culleton. High-Resolution AMS 14C Dates for the Par-Tee Site (35CLT20) and Prehistoric Whale Hunting on the Oregon Coast. Radiocarbon 58(2): 397-405.