INSTITUTIONS AND FACILITIES
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
I have worked with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for over eight years. Crow Canyon’s mission is to conduct archaeological research, provide hands-on education to the public, and highlight Indigenous knowledge and perspectives (learn more). In August 2021, I started a postdoc with the Research Institute at Crow Canyon (learn more).
UNM Center for Stable Isotopes (CSI)
The CSI was founded in 2014, supports interdisciplinary research worldwide, and is one of the most cutting-edge stable isotope facilities in the country (learn more). I started working with the CSI in 2015 at the start of my PhD program. The CSI is also the home of the internationally recognized short course IsoCamp (learn more).
Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) Division of Fishes
The MSB Division of Fishes traces its origins to the late 1930s and is home to over 4,000,000 fish specimens. Many of these specimens are historically collected native fishes of the U.S. Southwest, an imperiled fauna. My work with the division started in 2015 and continues today. Learn more.
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology was founded in the early 1930s, and its mission is to better understand human diversity in the U.S. Southwest and the world. I was named a Hibben Doctoral Research Fellow of the Maxwell Museum in 2020. The museum and its collections were instrumental in helping me complete my dissertation work. Learn more.
UNM Zooarchaeology Lab
I called the UNM Zooarchaeology Lab home from 2015 to 2021. Directed by Emily Lena Jones, this lab supports some of the most diverse zooarchaeological research in the country. Students of the UNM Zooarchaeology Lab work in many regions/time periods, such as Paleolithic Europe, Pleistocene/Holocene Thailand, Bronze/Iron Age Asia, Contact Period Argentina, Pleistocene/Holocene Mesoamerica, Contact Period U.S. Pacific Northwest, and the U. S. Southwest/Mexican Northwest from the Pleistocene to the Historic Period. Learn more.
UNT Zooarchaeology Lab
Lisa Nagaoka and Steve Wolverton direct the UNT Zooarchaeology Lab, which is where my passion for zooarchaeology began and was fostered. This lab focuses on many areas of research including human behavioral ecology, quantitative archaeology, applied zooarchaeology, Pleistocene extinctions, Pacific Islands archaeology, and the pre-Hispanic U.S. Southwest. Learn more here and here.
I learned stable isotope preparation techniques and the principles of isotope ecology from Seth Newsome and his lab. This team consists of a diverse array of interdisciplinary researchers with intense passion for tracing energy flow in ecological systems. Learn more.
Turner Aquatic Conservation Lab
Tom Turner and his team are devoted to the conservation and restoration of native fishes around the country, but especially in the arid U.S. Southwest. Tom is deeply interested in the historical ecology of fishes in New Mexico, and his dedication to the topic helped fuel my own. Learn more.
Eric was a Crow Canyon Zooarchaeology Intern working on faunal analysis from the Haynie Site (see projects for more details). He is a master’s student at the University of North Texas, where his thesis project focuses on evaluating and applying identification criteria for various postcranial skeletal elements of deer (Odocoileus spp.) and pronghorn (Antilocapra americana).
Alex worked as a Research Assistant on the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award (BCS 2005346) associated with my PhD work. She graduated from UNM in 2021, has a keen interest in the evolution of human biomechanics, and is currently working on her PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Learn more about Alex.
Miranda completed her Honor’s Thesis, Tracking Individual Raptors in the Archaeological Record: Implications for the Study of Ritual Economies in New Mexico, and graduated from UNM in 2019. I worked with Miranda as a graduate student mentor from 2017 until she graduated, and her research forms the core of the Individuals from Isotopes project (see here). She is currently a PhD student in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Learn more about Miranda.