Dr Gerry Bigelow
Associate Professor in History, Bates College, Maine
Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Dr Gerry Bigelow is a distinguished academic and university educator who has held lecturing positions within various US universities since 1981. In addition, from 1987-1995, he was Curator of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Gerald Bigelow has conducted research in the archaeology, ethnohistory and historical ecology of various regions across the North Atlantic and is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed and popular publications, including recent articles in the world-leading journals, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology (2017), Quaternary Geochronology (2015) and Environmental Archaeology (2015). He is also author of numerous research reports relating to his field projects in Greenland, Shetland and Maine and his specialisms in medieval and post-medieval artefacts, and zooarchaeology. In 2007 he was a co-founder of the peer-reviewed Journal of the North Atlantic.
He has participated in archaeological projects in the Northeastern US, Greenland, Iceland, the United Kingdom, and France, but his primary study area is Shetland. As director of the NSF-funded (US National Science Foundation, US) ‘Shetland Islands Climate and Settlement Project’, (2010-4), Bigelow coordinated a team of archaeologists, geologists, biologists and historians studying the causes and human impacts of extreme environmental changes on Shetland coasts over the past two thousand years. He has a strong record of national and international grant success, including 2 US NSF and several Historic Environmental Scotland awards for his project work in Shetland.