BIOGRAPHY: I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis in 2006 and am currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. My research focuses on the archaeology of hunter-gatherers and the way climate change, migration, and population dynamics affect behavior. I use GIS and models derived from behavioral ecology to analyze foraging economies and the way these interact with and inform social and political structure, particularly for groups living in marginal environments like mountains and deserts. Most of my fieldwork is in the American west, especially California’s Sierra Nevada and Wyoming's Wind River Range, where I've modeled how late Holocene settlement patterns were used to adapt to changing climatic and environmental regimes.
I also work in East Asia, where I'm interested in the spread of modern humans into East Asia and the adoption of agriculture in north China, correlating these phenomena with fundamental changes in settlement, technology, and environment. I have subsidiary interests in geoarchaeology and lithic analyses and am currently looking at the environmental and behavioral variables conditioning the success or failure of different types of foraging economies in marginal and high-altitude environmental settings worldwide.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Hunter-gatherers, evolutionary and behavioral ecology, stone tools, cultural geography; North America, China.
SUBJECTS TAUGHT: Archaeological Theory, World Archaeology,Geoarchaeology, Archaeology of North America, Principles of Archaeology, GIS in Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management Policy, Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology; Archaeological Field Methods