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Sarah Allaun - Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

sallaun@uwyo.edu

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)

ebrush1@uwyo.edu

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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Alex Craib -Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

acraib@uwyo.edu

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)

ecreswel@uwyo.edu

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)

jdroke@uwyo.edu

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)

tfitzpa2@uwyo.edu

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)

agarci34@uwyo.edu

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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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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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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Brooke Mankin- Masters Student (Archaeology)

bmankin@uwyo.edu

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)

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.

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Paul Santarone- Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

psantaro@uwyo.edu

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

 

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Sarah Stagg- Masters Student (Archaeology)

sstagg1@uwyo.edu

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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Wesley Vanosdall - Doctoral Student (Archaeology)

wvanosda@uwyo.edu

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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