College of Engineering
Computer Science Department
Sanak Island, located off the southern Alaska Peninsula, was home to the native Aleut peoples for thousands of years. Their hunter-gatherer society depended heavily on the arctic and marine ecosystem for food resources.
In 2015, a team of archaeologists from Idaho State and Utah State universities went to the island and collected data about the Aleut population size and their diet.
This study constructed a dynamical model to mathematically predict the Aleut population over time in order to gain insights into how food resources affected the Aleut people’s ability to survive.
First Co-Presenter's Department
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Kiefer, Jack Conrad II and Thompson, Paden Allen, "Mathematically Predicting the Aleut Tribe Population Using Archaeological Data" (2018). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 89.