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Graduate Students|UW Anthropology

UW Anthropology Graduate Students


Kristi Borzea

Kristi Borzea - Masters Student (Archaeology)

kborzea@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: Includes Paleoindian archaeology, faunal analysis, site formation processes and historic (specifically mining related) archaeology. I have excavation and survey experience in North Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.

Josh Boyd

Joshua Boyd - Masters Student (Archaeology)

jboyd9@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: My main interest in archaeology is having fun! Beyond that I like Rocky Mountain hunter and gatherers and particularly Paleoindian high altitude behavioral adaptations. In order to understand this I study lithic procurement, reduction and discard strategies as well as the organization of technology. I am also interested in high altitude communal hunting strategies. I love field work and am interested in the ways that excavation methods help inform natural and cultural site formation processes. I have worked on academic projects in the Gunnison Basin of Colorado, with the BLM and also a private consulting firm.
Les Brown

Leslie Brown - Doctoral Student (Bioarchaeology)

lbrown31@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: My main research interest is the stable isotope analysis of human and faunal remains to determine potential geographic mobility and possible diet. Through combining the data produced through these stable isotope studies with information from osteological and archaeological analyses, I hope to develop a more thorough understanding of the lives of the individuals in the populations being studied.  Recently I have been working with Late Horizon and Early Contact period populations from the central coast of Peru as well as populations from a 19th-century Oregon Trail outpost site in Wyoming. In addition to this research, I have also worked as a bioarchaeologist in central Mexico and participated in CRM work in both Georgia and Wyoming.
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Rachael Budowle - Doctoral Student (Cultural Anthropology)

rbudowle@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: I participate on the multi-university Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) project, which aims to explore the use of beetle-killed and other forest biomass as a bioenergy feedstock and provide rigorous scientific underpinnings to support a sustainable regional renewable energy industry. My related dissertation research examines how historical discourses have shaped perceptions of Rocky Mountain forests over time and how actors with various relationships to these forests engage in forest and related labor practices amidst changing ecological, institutional, and economic conditions. Additionally, I teach sustainability courses in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and serve on the UW Campus Sustainability Committee. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and my M.S. in Animals & Public Policy from Tufts University. I have several years of professional sustainability experience as an environmental educator and farmhand, recycling coordinator, instructor at Virginia Tech and UW, and sustainability coordinator at Virginia Tech and MIT.

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Laura Cannon - Masters Student (Archaeology)

lcannon1@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: I received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. My research interests include the analysis of lithic debitage and stone tools, prehistoric human use of high altitude, climate change effects on human behavior, and the effects of climate change impacts on cultural resources. For my master's thesis, I am analyzing lithic debitage to understand hunter gatherer mobility strategies at Paint Rock V, a rock shelter site on the western slopes of the Bighorn Mountains located in Paint Rock Canyon in Bighorn County, Wyoming.

Sean Carrol

Sean Carroll - Masters Student (Archaeology)

scarro10@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: Interests include lithics, lithic analysis, and tool stone sourcing. I am also interested in hunter-gatherer mobility and prehistoric settlement adaptation strategies and associated technology.

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Ragan Driver - Masters Student (Biological Anthropology)

ragurn@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: Modern Human Origins, skeletal morphology, energetics of bipedal locomotion (especially running), biocultural relationships, zooarchaeology, Northwestern Plains archaeology.

                                         
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Zach Garhart - Masters Student (Archaeology)

zgarhart@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

My research is focused on prehistoric hunter-gatherer archaeology in the Northwest Plains and Rocky Mountains.  I am especially interested in the prehistoric presence in the Bighorn Mountains and southeast Wyoming.  I direct the majority of my attention to subsistence strategies, lithic technology, human adaptation, experimental archaeology, and curatorial practices.  I have conducted field work in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana.

Justin Garrison

Justin Garrison - Masters Student (Cultural Anthropology)

jgarris6@uwyo.edu

Research interests: I am interested in cultural tourism in Japan, post-migration ethnicity, and cultural theory.

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Allison Grunwald -Doctoral Student(Archaeology)

agrunwa1@uwyo.edu

Research interests: prehistoric archaeology, paleopathology, zooarchaeology, human-animal relations, and ritual zooarchaeology. Other interests include Indo-European studies, British archaeology, developmental osteology and symbolism. So far I've done field work and lab analysis in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, England and Romani

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Brigid Grund- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

bgrund@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My research interests include applications of GIS in archaeology and anthropology, hunter-gatherer subsistence, soil microbiology in archaeological contexts, using archaeological information to help solve contemporary world problems, and the impact of archaeology on cultural memory. I'm also a fieldwork junkie, and I have worked on academic projects, in private CRM, for the Forest Service, and as a volunteer since I was in high school.

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James Gunn- Masters Student (Biological Anthropology)

jgunn2@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My interests are in education and medical anthropology.  My current research is in methods of teaching the four field approach to students, and the multiplicity of anthropologies..

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David Howe - Masters Student (Archaeology)

dhowe1@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: My name is David Ian Howe, and I received my B.A. in anthropology at the University of Tennessee: Knoxville. My central interests in anthropology are the archaeology and behavioral ecology of human hunter-gatherers, as well as the archaeology of prehistoric cultures. However, my leading interests within the subject of anthropology deal with the domestication of the dog, and the ecological relationship between dogs and humans. I also have a strong interest in projectile weaponry and experimental archaeology. I have no specified region, however my fieldwork background has been mostly based in the Southeast - specifically at the Topper Site in SC and the Cumberland River in Nashville, TN.

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Ken Humphrey- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

khumphr2@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My research interest is using existing data collected for cultural resource management archaeology to address research questions on prehistoric economies. I am further interested in adapting archaeological methodology used by the CRM community to efficiently integrate new data into current academic research. My entire career has been in cultural resources management (CRM) and I am currently the cultural resources program manager for the Wyoming Army National Guard.

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Connor Johnen - Masters Student (Archaeology)

cjohnen@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: My name is Connor Johnen and I am a Masters student at the University of Wyoming. I did my undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. My interests are in prehistoric site location, GIS, stone tool technology, patterns in the archaeological record, mountain environments and how humans utilized these mountain environments to name a few. I have done field work in Colorado and Wyoming primarily and have done fieldwork in both academic/research-based projects as well as in a CRM context. I look forward to graduating in the spring of 2016 and working before deciding whether to further my career in academia.

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Damian Kirkwood - Masters Student (Archaeology)

dkirkwo1@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in using microscopic cut mark analysis as a dating technique for distinguishing faunal assemblages in the transition between the Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric time periods. I am also interested in applying geographic information systems (GIS) in investigating the potential value of contemporary migratory data in conjunction with animal behavior of ungulates in the High Plains and prehistoric sites. Currently, I am using spatial analysis of faunal assemblages at mass kill sites to look for cooperative and “assembly line” butchering strategies and patterning.

Nathaniel Kitchel

Nathaniel Kitchel- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

nkitchel@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: The primary focus of my research to date focuses on Paleoindian subsistence behaviors in northeastern North America, particularly northern New England. Specifically I have investigated Paleoindian relationships with plant resources in the Northeast. I am also interested in lithics and flint knapping.

Justin McKeel

Justin McKeel- Masters Student (Archaeology)

jmckeel@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: My research interests include the archaeology of hunter-gatherer populations, North American prehistory, lithic analysis, and the history of archaeology. My past research extends from the Paleoindian period forward to 18th century pioneers in western Pennsylvania. I have conducted and engaged in fieldwork throughout the eastern United States, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic region. Currently I also serve as a regional advisory editor for the scholarly journal, North American Archaeologist.

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Madeline Mackie- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

mmackie@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:I am originally from Southern California and received by Bachelor’s from University of California, Davis.  I have participated in fieldwork in California, Nevada, and Wyoming and have worked for both CRM and the US Forest Service.  My research interests include North American hunter-gatherers, quantitative methods, three-dimensional photogrammetry, and locating children in the prehistoric record.
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Kevin Malloy- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

kmalloy1@uwyo.edu

Research interests:
My research is focused on the nearly forgotten park landscapes of medieval Scotland.  These giant earthwork or stone structures were typically associated with the elite echelons of society.  I am specifically interested in expanding the currently narrow view of parks as simple aristocratic hunting enclosures to explore parks as multi-functional, complex structures.  My primary focus is aimed at understanding the role of managed woodlands incorporated within parks, within the larger context of changing climates and widespread deforestation.  Were people building parks as a means of controlling an increasingly limited natural resource, timber?  How did these structures fit into the context of the wider medieval landscape?  My methodologies have been focused primarily on historical archival research, archaeological excavation, and paleoenvironmental records.  Aside from my current research, I am extremely interested in how people interact with their environments and shape and design the landscape.  Everything we do alters the landscape around us and there is clear evidence for it in the archaeological record.  This has led me to focus on various elements of zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions to try and understand how we change the land.
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Danielle Messing- Masters Student (Biological Anthropology)

dmessing@uwyo.edu

Research interests: I am interested in using zooarchaeology to aid public wildlife management decisions and better understand how we have interacted with animal species in the past (and hopefully how we can best interact with them in the future). My thesis involves using critical discourse analysis to examine wolf ecology and developments in conservation in the Yellowstone and Bridger-Teton area over the last several decades. I am double majoring in Environment and Natural Resources and am also interested in applying GIS in archaeological contexts. I have been involved with historical archaeology in Missouri related to the Boone family, applied marine zooarchaeology in Jamaica, and academic as well as CRM archaeology in Wyoming.

Kevin Mieras

Kevin Mieras- Masters Student (Archaeology)

kmieras@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My research interests include GIS predictive modeling of prehistoric archaeological sites, primarily high altitude paleoindian sites in the Rocky Mountain west. 

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Christopher Nicholson-Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

cnichol5@uwyo.edu

Research Interest: My main research interests in anthropology are related to using different computational and GIS models of climate and the environment to examine human behaviors, specifically with an evolutionary ecology perspective.  I am interested in how climatological variables influence hunter-gatherer mobility and foraging patterns and the proximate mechanisms governing these behaviors.  Additionally, I have done zooarchaeological research at bison sites on the Great Plains, ethnoarchaeological work in South America, Upper Paleolithic studies in Germany, and am currently involved in projects in the southern Caucuses of Armenia and the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.

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Spencer Pelton- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

spelton@uwyo.edu

Research interests: I received my B.S. in anthropology from Middle TN State University and my M.A. in anthropology from Colorado State University.  I have conducted archaeological survey and excavation in the eastern woodlands of the southern Appalachian Mountains, the western Great Basin desert of northern California and Nevada, and the alpine tundra and high plains of Wyoming and Colorado. I am interested in the study of foragers through an evolutionary framework and my research pertains to thermoregulatory adaptation among modern and ancient hominins.

Megan Preston

Megan Preston- Masters Student (Biological Anthropology)

mpresto2@uwyo.edu

Research interests: I am interested in studying Neanderthals, specifically the regional and clinal variations between distinct Neanderthal groups. My other interests include Osteology, Paleoanthropology, Post-war studies, and Genetics.

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Christopher Rowe- Masters Student (Archaeology)

crowe2@uwyo.edu

 After earning my B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I completed an internship with the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC). I spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an Archeological Technician for the U.S. Forest Service on the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands in Nebraska and South Dakota. This afforded me the opportunity to work in one of my favorite environments, the badlands. I enjoy the challenge of conducting research in such a dynamic environment. I believe that engaging in public outreach is fundamentally important to the field of Archeology and actively seek opportunities to do so.

Paul Santarone

Paul Santarone- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

psantaro@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: Paleoindian (especially Clovis) archaeology, technology, lithics, experimental archaeology, archaeological field method.

Christina Servetnick

Christina Servetnick- Masters Student (Archaeology)

cservetn@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My research interests include gender archaeology, the foodways of the Plains and Rocky Mountains, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. I have worked in California, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and Wyoming.

Stacy Sewell

Stacy Sewell - Doctoral Student (Cultural Anthropology)

ssewell1@uwyo.edu

Research interests: Currently I am interested in religious change and the effects of colonialism, particularly the imposition and adoption of Christian ideals and their integration into native religions. Some regions of interest include the northwest coast of the United States, specifically cultures of the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island, the Great Plains, and Arctic Alaska.

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Rachael Shimek - Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

rshimek@uwyo.edu

Research interests: Rachael’s research involves the human-canid relationship in prehistory, focused on how dogs are used as tools in hunter-gatherer societies. She is interested in zooarchaeology, human and non-human skeletal pathology, and mobility and is regionally focused on the Great Plains of North America. She has conducted field work in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.

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Jessica Starks - Masters Student (Archaeology)

jstarks@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My research interests include: hunter-gather archaeology, North American prehistory, lithics, GIS application to archaeology, geoarchaeology, archaeological field methods, museum studies, curation, and cultural records. My research focus is on North American prehistoric hunter-gatherers. Specifically, I am interested in the land use and mobility of Plains Paleoindians. My field work has predominately been in my home state of Oklahoma as well as other Southern Plains states. I have also had the opportunity to work on sites in New Hampshire and Wyoming.

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Cassidee A. Thornhill- Masters Student (Archaeology)

cthornhi@uwyo.edu

Research Interests: I am currently interested the Euro-American Contact period on the high plains. Specifically the introduction of the horse into Native American lifeways. There is currently debate on how influential the horse ways to natives on the plains. I am hoping that by examining Equus caballus remains in the archaeological record the relationship between horses and Native Americans can be better understood.

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Ana Vides Porras - Doctoral Student (Cultural Anthropology)

avidespo@uwyo.edu

Research interests: My research is focused on relational and social aspects of traditional medicine in Guatemala, specifically the Maya case.  I am interested in understanding the different social layers that interact when patients use traditional healers, including the nuclear and extended family and other members of the community. I am currently exploring the construction of a “therapeutic unit” composed by the healer, the patient and other family members that enhances treatment compliance and efficacy. I have been working for two years with healers, Maya councils and other PhD. students in the reconstruction of Maya traditional healing practices with five Mayan ethno linguistic groups.

Norbert Wasilik- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

norbertw@uwyo.edu

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