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Graduate Students

TJ Brown is interested in Pacific Northwest coast archaeology and the development of social-complexity. He is also interested in better understanding sampling and statistical inference in archaeology and lithic analysis.

Lisa Catto focuses on ways archaeological projects can better engage the public through outreach and interpretation, including use of social media. Her interests include cultural resource management, Northwest Coast archaeology, Native American studies, and GIS.

Ridhi D'Cruz is a socio-cultural anthropologist interested in grounding the contemporary sustainability movement (especially the Australian design philosophy - Permaculture) in Traditional/Local Ecological Knowledge using themes like food, shelter, appropriate technology, craft, music and medicine.

Joshua Dinwiddie is studying technological innovation and intensification, with regard to the ground slate technologies of aquatic hunter-gatherers of the northern Northwest Coast.

Emily Hopkins is studying Biological Anthropology with an emphasis on Paleoanthropology. Currently, she is focusing on the functional morphology of the human pelvis and the evolution of childbirth.

Justin Junge is studying archaeology with a focus in Arctic, sub-Arctic, and Pacific Northwest regions. His interests include prehistoric technologies, zooarchaeology, and cultural transmission.

Michael Kilman focuses on Visual Anthropology. He is interested in economic and sustainable development, ethnographic film, participatory media, and collaborative ethnography. His areas of interest are Native Americans and the Middle East. Currently he is working with Dr. Jeremy Spoon on an ethnographic film project in the Great Basin.

Rachel Lahoff is studying applied anthropology with a focus on environmental anthropology. She is interested in the relationship between indigenous peoples and protected areas, specifically integrating Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) perspectives into protected area interpretation in the Great Basin region.

Brian Lefler is an ethnoecologist working towards the inclusion of local peoples and the integration of their knowledge and practices with conservation and land management initiatives. His current research examines Southern Paiute (Nuwuvi) ecological knowledge and management of pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Great Basin and contributes to a collaborative co-stewardship project among seven Nuwuvi Nations, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service in two southern Nevada protected areas.

Monica Mogilewsky is a PhD student in The School of The Environment pursuing interdisciplinary research in Anthropology and Environmental Sciences and Resources. She is interested in the impact of anthropogenic change on the survival, ecology, and behavior of lemur populations in Madagascar.

Jesse Morphet-Brown is studying the issues of identity as they pertain to mixed and multi-racial individuals in the US and the French Caribbean.

Reno Nims is studying archaeology with a focus on zooarchaeology and the Pacific Northwest coast. He is also interested in cultural contact, the development of social inequality, coastal California and the American Southwest, and studying identity through faunal analysis.

Patrick Rennaker is studying archaeology with an emphasis in zooarchaeology. He is interested in looking at ways faunal remains can be used to help reconstruct paleo-environments in the Pacific Northwest.

Shoshana Rosenberg is studying zooarchaeology. She is interested in Pacific Northwest subsistence patterns, applying zooarchaeology to environmental conservation, and issues in methodology.

Emily Shepard is interested in Northwest coast plank houses, household archaeology, and culturally modified trees.

Stephanie Simmons is studying historical archaeology, focusing on the Western United States. Her main interests are in refuse behavior, consumerism, and bottle-glass technology.

Cerinda Survant focuses on the politics of representation, particularly in museums, protected areas, and other public settings. Her current project examines the interpretation of archaeological sites in protected areas across the Great Basin.

Roy Watters is a PhD student in The School of The Environment pursuing interdisciplinary research in Anthropology and Environmental Sciences and Management.

Kendra Wendel is studying applied environmental anthropology. Her thesis focuses on Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) ethnohydrological knowledge and perceptions of ecological restoration. This research identifies avenues for collaborative resource stewardship among Nuwuvi and federal land management agencies in two southern Nevada protected areas.

Dianna Woolsey is studying the historical archaeology of the Pacific Northwest, with interests in public agency cultural resources management and historic sites interpretation. Her thesis project examines the remains of the fur-trading post of Fort Astoria/Fort George at the mouth of the Columbia River.