Western Bioarchaeology Group Conference

The Western Bioarchaeology Group (WeBiG) was founded in 2012 with the mission of organizing an annual meeting in Western North America. The aim of an annual meeting is to facilitate collegial engagement and networking, and promote discussion of issues in bioarchaeological theory and method.


WEBIG ANNUAL MEETING: “EM(BODY)MENT” 2017

Reno, nevada 

October 6-7, 2017

WeBiG 2017

The University of Nevada, Reno will host the fifth annual Western Bioarchaeology Group (WeBiG) meeting on Oct. 6-7, 2017.  The conference will be held at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel. The Western Bioarchaeology Group (WeBiG) was founded in 2012 with the mission of organizing an annual meeting in western North America. The aim of an annual meeting is to facilitate collegial engagement and networking, and promote discussion of issues in bioarchaeological theory and method.

Guest speakers at the 2017 meeting will be: 


Christine Lee, Ph.D., California State University, Los Angeles (plenary speaker)

Tim Gocha, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Colleen Milligan, Ph.D., California State University, Chico 

Jessica Cerezo-Román, Ph.D., California State Polytechnic University at Pomona

Melanie Miller, PhD, University of California, Berkeley


General Information about Meetings and Governance

WeBiG aims to be inclusive and encourages student participation, with informal and low cost meetings. There is no membership requirement or membership fee. Participants pay a registration fee that covers the cost of each conference. Annual conferences include a plenary talk and reception on opening night, and one full day session of themed speakers and posters.  The annual conference is run entirely by volunteers from the sponsoring institution, and the current rotating Chair and steering committee that will host the meeting. 

Past meetings include the 2013 meeting at the University of California at Berkeley (co-organized by Sabrina Agarwal and Christina Torres-Rouff), the 2014 meeting at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (organized by Debra Martin),  the 2015 meeting at Arizona State University (co-organized by Brenda Baker and Kelly Knudson), and the 2016 meeting (organized by Alexis Boutin). Future meetings will be held at Chico State University in 2018.


The members of the WeBiG committee are as follows:

Debra Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

Sabrina Agarwal, University of California, Berkeley

Brenda Baker, Arizona State University

Alexis Boutin, Sonoma State University

Marin Pilloud, University of Nevada, Reno

Eric Bartelink, California State University, Chico

WeBig has a local committee drawn from the current host campus. Sonoma State University will host the fourth annual Western Bioarchaeology Group (WeBiG) meeting on October 6-78, 2017. The WeBiG 2017 conference will be organized by a committee of faculty advisors and students.

WeBiG 2017 Organizing Committee

o   Committee Chair: Marin Pilloud

o   Committee Co-Chairs: Kyra Stull and G. Richard Scott



FOR INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS CONTACT: westernbioarchaeologygroup@gmail.com