Bruce SmithCurator Emeritus (North American Archaeology)
1968 B.A. University of Michigan (Anthropology)
1971 M.A. University of Michigan (Anthropology)
1973 Ph.D. University of Michigan (Anthropology)
The logical structure of archaeological inference.
The prehistory of eastern North America with particular emphasis on the independent domestication of indigenous seed plants, the development of low level food production economies, and the evolution of late prehistoric maize-based Mississippian agricultural economies.
Human niche construction theory and general patterns of human niche construction.
The initial domestication of plants and the initial emergence of food production world-wide.
Smith, Bruce D. 1974. Predator‑prey relationships in the southeastern Ozarks: A.D. 1300. Human Ecology 2:31‑45.
Smith, Bruce D. 1977. Archaeological inference and inductive confirmation. American Anthropologist, 79:589-617.
Smith, Bruce D. 1978. Mississippian Settlement Patterns. New York: Academic Press. (editor)
Smith, Bruce D. 1978. Prehistoric Patterns of Human Behavior: A case study in the Mississippi Valley. New York: Academic Press.
Smith, Bruce D. 1984. Chenopodium as a Prehistoric Domesticate in Eastern North America: Evidence from Russell Cave, Alabama. Science 226:165‑167.
Smith, Bruce D. 1986. The Archaeology of the Southeastern United States: From Dalton to Desoto (10,500 B.P.‑500 B.P.). In Advances In World Archaeology, edited by Fred Wendorf and Angela E. Close. Orlando: Academic Press: Pp. 1‑92.
Smith, Bruce D. 1987. The Independent Domestication of Indigenous Seed‑Bearing Plants in Eastern North America. In Emergent Horticultural Economies of the Eastern Woodlands, edited by William Keegan. Southern Illinois University Center for Archaeological Investigations. Occasional Paper 7:3‑47.
Smith, Bruce D. 1990. Origins of Agriculture in Eastern North America. Science. 246:1566‑1571.
Smith, Bruce D. 1990. The Mississippian Emergence. Smithsonian Institution Press. (editor)
Smith, Bruce D. 1992. Rivers of Change: Essays on Early Agriculture in Eastern North America. Smithsonian Institutuion Press.
Smith, Bruce D. 1995. The Emergence of Agriculture. W.H. Freeman and Company (Scientific American Books).
Smith, Bruce D. 1995. The Origins of Agriculture in the Americas. Evolutionary Anthropology 3:174-184.
Smith, Bruce D. 1997. The Initial Domestication of Cucurbita pepo in the Americas 10,000 years ago. Science 276:865-996.
Smith, Bruce D. 1997. Reconsidering the Ocampo Caves and the Era of Incipient Cultivation. Latin American Archaeology 7(4):1-43.
Smith, Bruce D. 1998. Between Foraging and Farming. Science 279:1651-1652.
Smith, Bruce D. 2001. Documenting plant domestication: The consilience of biological and archaeological approaches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98:1324-1326.
Smith, Bruce D. 2001. Low Level Food Production. Journal of Archaeological Research 9:1-43.
Smith, Bruce D. 2003. Viviane Jaenicke-Despres, Ed. Buckler, Bruce D. Smith, M. Thomas Gilbert, Alan Cooper, John Doebley, Svante Paabo. Early Allelic Selection in Maize as Revealed by Ancient DNA. Science 302:1206-1208.
Smith, Bruce D. 2005. Reassessing Coxcatlan Cave and the early history of domesticated plants in Mesoamerica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:102-9438-9445.
Smith, Bruce D. 2006. Zeder, Melinda A., Eve Emshwiller, Dan Bradley, and Bruce D. Smith (eds.), Documenting Domestication: New Genetic and Archaeological Paradigms. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.
Smith, Bruce D. 2006. Documenting Domesticated Plants in the Archaeological Record. In Zeder, Melinda, . Eve . Emshwiller, Dan Bradley, and Bruce D. Smith (eds.) Documenting Domestication: New . Genetic and Archaeological Paradigms. University of California Press, Berkeley, California, pp. 15-24.
Smith, Bruce D. 2006. Zeder, Melinda, Eve Emshwiller, Bruce D. Smith, and Dan Bradley. Documenting Domestication: The Intersection of Genetics and Agriculture. Trends in Genetics. 22:139-155.
Smith, Bruce D. 2006. John Doebley, Brandon Gaut, and Bruce D. Smith. The Molecular Genetics of Crop Domestication. Cell. 127:1309-1321.
Smith, Bruce D. 2006. Eastern North America as an Independent Center of Plant Domestication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103:12223-12228.
Smith, Bruce D. 2007. The ultimate ecosystem engineers. Science 315: 1797-1798.
Smith, Bruce D. 2007. Niche construction and the behavioral context of plant and animal domestication. Evolutionary Anthropology 16:188-199.
Smith, Bruce D. 2007. Winnowing the archaeological evidence for domesticated sunflower in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: E45.
Smith, Bruce D. 2009. Bruce D Smith and Richard A. Yarnell. Initial formation of an indigenous crop complex in eastern North America at 3800 B.P. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 106:6561-6566.
Smith, Bruce D. 2009. Melinda A. Zeder and Bruce D. Smith. A Conversation on Agricultural Origins: Talking Past Each Other in a Crowded Room. Current Anthropology. 50:681-690.
Smith, Bruce D. 2009. Resource resiliency, human niche construction, and the long-term sustainability of pre-Columbian subsistence economies in the Mississippi River Valley corridor. Ethnobiology 29:167-183.
Smith, Bruce D. 2011. General Patterns of Niche Construction and the Management of Wild Plant and . Animal . Resources by Small-scale Pre-industrial Societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366:836-848.
Smith, Bruce D. 2011. The Subsistence Economies of Indigenous North American Societies (editor). Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Publications / Rowman-Littlefield. Landover, Maryland.
Smith, Bruce D. 2011. Shaping the Natural World: Patterns of Human Niche Construction by Small-Scale Societies in North America, In The Subsistence Economies of Indigenous North American Societies, Bruce D. Smith, editor). Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Publications / Rowman-Littlefield. Landover, Maryland. P. 593-610.
Smith, Bruce D. 2012. A Cultural Niche Construction Theory of Initial Domestication. Theoretical Biology 6:260-271.
Smith, Bruce D. 2013. The domestication of Helianthus annuus L. (sunflower). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-013-0393-3
Smith, Bruce D. and Zeder, Melinda A. 2013. The Onset of the Anthropocene. Anthropocene 4:8-14.
Kistler, Logan, Álvaro Montenegro, Bruce D. Smith, John A. Gifford, Richard E. Green, Lee A. Newsom, and Beth Shapiro. 2014. Transoceanic drift and the domestication of African bottle gourds in the Americas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1318678111
da Fonseca, Rute R., Bruce D. Smith, Nathan Wales, Enrico Cappellini, Pontus Skoglund, Matteo Fumagalli, José Alfredo Samaniego, Christian Carøe, María C. Ávila-Arcos, David E. Hufnagel, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, Filipe Garrett Vieira, Mattias Jakobsson, Bernardo Arriaza, Eske Willerslev, Rasmus Nielsen, Matthew B. Hufford, Anders Albrechtsen, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, M. Thomas P. Gilbert. 2015. The origin and evolution of maize in the American Southwest. Nature Plants. http://doi.org/10.1038/nplants.2014.3.
Smith, Bruce D. 2015.. A comparison of niche construction theory and diet breadth models as explanatory frameworks for the initial domestication of plants and animals. Journal of Archaeological Research http://doi.org/10.1007/s10814-015-9081-4.
Smith, Bruce D. 2016. Neo-Darwinism, Niche Construction Theory, and the Initial Domestication of Plants and Animals. Evolutionary Ecology.
Wales, Nathan, Melis Akman, Ray H. B. Watson, Fatima Sanchez Barreiro, Bruce D. Smith, Kristen Gremillion, M. Thomas Gilbert, Benjamin Blackman. 2018. Ancient DNA reveals the timing and persistence of organellar genetic bottlenecks over 3,000 years of sunflower domestication and improvement. Evolutionary Applications http://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12594.