James O'Connell is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of Utah. Professor O'Connell and Doug Bird have collaborated for many years on a range of projects, and have co-published a number of key theoretical reviews of human behavioral ecology and it's impact on archaeology. O'Connell has also served as a mentor and advisor for much of the Martu Ecological Anthropology Project. Over his career Professor O'Connell has revolutionized how archaeologists and ethnographers approach and understand human-environmental dynamics. He has spent many years involved in ethnographic and archaeological work in Australia, Africa, and North America, with many dozens of highly influential articles, edited volumes, and books.