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UW Anthropology

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Sarah Allaun - Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

Research Interests: I received my B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 2015. My broad research interests include paleoenvironmental studies, Late Pleistocene human-environmental interaction, geoarchaeology, lithic technologies, raw material procurement strategies, and applications of geo-spatial analysis, all within the context of early Paleoindian archaeology. More specifically, I am interested in looking at the Clovis presence in Northern México to breakdown the artificial geopolitical boundaries of the knowledge of the Clovis occupation of North America.
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Emily Brush - Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research Interests: I received my B.S. in Anthropology and History, with a minor in American Indian Studies, from Iowa State University. My research interests include high elevation occupations, hunter-gatherer seasonal movements, and ice patch archaeology. I have done fieldwork in the Absaroka Mountains of northwest Wyoming and on a Middle Stone Age site in Ethiopia. My current research focuses on prehistoric population densities at high elevations.

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Rachael Budowle - Doctoral Student (Cultural Anthropology)

Research Interests: I work on the community-based, participatory Growing Resilience and Gardens for Health & Healing research projects, both of which examine gardens and food system efforts as interventions for people living with health disparities on the Wind River Reservation and in Albany County, WY. My dissertation research investigates how people make sense of their wellbeing in these contexts and if and how self-determination and agency surrounding food and health affects wellbeing. Additionally, I teach sustainability courses for the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and co-chair the UW Campus Sustainability Committee. I received my B.S. from Virginia Tech and my M.S. from Tufts University. I have several years of professional 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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Alex Craib -Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I received a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  My research interests include the Paleoindian occupation of North America (from initial migrations to the Pleistocene/Holocene transition), land use studies, lithic technology, exchange networks, and the interactions between climate, environment, and mobility.  I have worked on numerous academic and CRM projects in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, Wyoming, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), and Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia).

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Ebony Creswell - Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research Interests: I completed my undergraduate degree at UC-Davis in California and have worked in CRM for almost 3 years.  Some of my research interests include looking at regional mobility and diet, as well as gender and age biases in the archaeological record. What interest me most is health, how diseases spread, and how this affected pre-historic populations. I am passionate about engaging the public in anthropology and making academic work in our field relatable to a broad population. I also enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my dogs.

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Jessica Droke - Doctoral Student (Bioarchaeology)

Research Interests: I received my B.A. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and my M.S. in anthropology from the University of Indianapolis. My research interests include taking a population-based, bioarchaeological approach to the diet of Neandertals and Upper Paleolithic Modern Humans. My previous research has focused on dental microwear texture analysis, which I hope to expand into a more holistic approach to diet including dental macrowear, dental calculus and stable isotope analysis. I have worked on academic and CRM projects in Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Pernosano, Italy.


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Tony Fitzpatrick -Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I have a B.A. in anthropology from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University. I have worked in CRM for three years, mainly in Wyoming. My current research is using stable isotope analysis of fauna to learn more about the climate, and possibly resource procurement at the Hell Gap site.

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Alex Garcia-Putnam -Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I received a B.A. in anthropology from Skidmore College and an M.A. in anthropology from East Carolina University. My research interests include paleopathology, stable isotope applications in bioarchaeology (especially diet and mobility/migration reconstruction), how violence and health disparities influence social identity, and how these are visible in the bioarchaeological record. I have worked on academic and CRM projects in North and South Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, and internationally in Petra, Jordan.

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Carlton Gover - Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I received my B.S. in Anthropology from Radford University and I am an enrolled Tribal Member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. My research interests include: Paleoindian & Plains Indian lithic analysis, peopling of the New World, Prehistoric Chiefdom Societies, Paleoindian & Plains Indian subsistence strategies, and Prehistoric Caddoan Language populations migrations.

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Allison Grunwald -Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

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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Ken Humphrey- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

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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Jordan Jensen - Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research Interests: I am Jordan Jensen, I am from a small town in South Dakota and received my B.S. and B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Martin. My research interests are in high-altitude occupations, use of plant foods, and generally subsistence strategies. I take almost any opportunity to get outside and love hiking, fishing, hunting, and backpacking as well as running. I also like video games and reading and am interested in traditional crafts; so I blacksmith and do some hand woodworking.

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Madeline Mackie- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

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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Brooke Mankin- Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I am a Wyoming native and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming before deciding to continuing pursuing my graduate education here as well.  I participated in archaeological work in Croatia and Italy before turning my attention to North American archaeology.  My research interests focus primarily on hunter-gatherer archaeology across the High Plains and Rocky Mountain region.  I am also very interested in landscape archaeology and linkages between environment and culture.  My current work focuses on identifying settlement patterns based on environment and topography in the prehistoric occupation of caves and rockshelters in the Pryor Mountains of southern Montana. 

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Danielle Messing- Masters Student (Biological Anthropology)

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.

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Paul Santarone- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

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

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Rachael Shimek - Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

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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Sarah Stagg- Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I am originally from Colorado and I received my B. A. in Anthropology from Brigham Young University. I have done field work in both Utah and Colorado. My current research involves the spatial distribution of rock art.

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Heidi Vanetten- Masters Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I received a BA in anthropology with a minor in physical geography from Weber State University. My current research interests involve environmental and landscape archaeology, as well as changes  in land use practices and paleoclimates . I also love prehistoric art, particularly rock art. I hope to use archaeology to solve current land use issues as well as better understand the prehistoric record. My focus lies in the Paleoindian period as well as desert/mountain ecosystems. I have previously excavated in the Great Basin and I'm enjoying learning about the other side of the Rocky Mountains while working on data from the Hell Gap site. I also have experience with optically stimulated luminescence dating.

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Wesley Vanosdall - Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

Research interests: I graduated with my B.S. in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014.  In 2015 I was accepted into the anthropology graduate program at UW on the MA/PhD track.  Since beginning my studies in anthropology as an undergraduate, I have participated in archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis of artifacts and human remains from historic and prehistoric sites in Middle Tennessee, Kenya, Mexico, and Wyoming.  My current research involves a bioarchaeological study of individuals associated with the 19th-century Overseas Chinese community in Evanston, Wyoming. More broadly, my research interests include the concept of identity, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, mortuary rituals, public archaeology, anthropological theory, and experiential education as it relates to anthropology.

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