Lee Ann Allen

(MA Anthropology, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Allen has conducted research on the federal acknowledgement process of the Piro/Manso/Tiwa Indian Tribe and the Pueblo of San Juan de Guadalupe in southern New Mexico. She also studied the issues many Native North Americans contend with and she performed a comparative study on tribal issues in India. Her final focus was on Indigenous Rights and NGOs in Central America. Her advisors were...

Adrienne Anderson

(MA Anthropology, 2012 University of Colorado Boulder) Adrienne’s focus is on Hominin paleodietary reconstruction and paleoecology. Her advisor was Matt Sponheimer.

Andie Ang

(BS Life Sciences, 2008 National University of Singapore; MS Biology, 2010 National University of Singapore; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2017 University of Colorado Boulder). Andie’s research interests are in the social behavior and feeding ecology of Asian colobine primates, in particular the threatened and untended species. She has worked on the banded leaf monkeys in Singapore and Malaysia, and the white-handed gibbons in Thailand. Through her research, Andie hopes to...

Somraj Basu

(MA Anthropology, 2012 University of Colorado Boulder) Basu’s focus is on the Development of Tibetan Medical Systems in Exile. His advisor was Carole McGranahan.

Traci Bekelman

(BA Biology, 1998 UC Berkeley; MPH, 2002 Johns Hopkins University; MA Anthropology, 2008 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2016 University of Colorado Boulder). Traci studies variation in diet and body size in urban areas in Central America. Thesis title: Evidence for a Positive Secular Trend in Obesity in Colombia. Her advisor was Darna Dufour. Recent Publications Tracy got the attention of news outlets such as MSN with...

Adam Blanford

(BA Anthropology, 2004 University of Cincinnati; MA Anthropology, 2006 Kent State University; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). Adam studied cultures of west Mexico, as well as applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing to archaeological field research. His advisor was Payson Sheets.

Porter Bourie

(BA Anthropology, 2004, The College of William and Mary; MA Cultural Anthropology, 2009, CU-Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). Bourie’s dissertation, entitled Knowledge-Networks of Climate Change and Development: How God and Technoscience Influence USAID Projects in Burkina Faso focuses on the interrelationships between the religious beliefs of rural communities of Niger and the development programs of international aid agencies. Specifically within these dynamics he is interested...

Alex Cowper

(BA Anthropology, 2011 Miami University; MA Anthropology, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder) Currently interested in the role of climate in early hominin speciation and dispersal patterns and plans to investigate these topics more thoroughly via the coring of ancient lake sediments in east Africa. Cowper’s work has also led her to study modern lake ecology. As a graduate research assistant in a limnology lab, she conducts chemical water quality analyses...

Chris Dixon

(PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Dixon’s research focused on Classic Period Maya agricultural production and organization. Her dissertation work emphasized the manioc beds discovered at Ceren, El Salvador in 2007 and the potential implications of these data for topics of land-use, feasting, communal labor, and the role of manioc in the diverse landscape of ancient Maya agriculture. Her MA thesis consisted of the reanalysis of ground-penetrating...

Esteban Jose Fernandez

(MA Anthropology, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Thesis title: Gold and Tribute in Aztec Tlapa: An Ethnohistoric and Experimental Analysis. His advisor was Gerardo Gutierrez

Robin Fiore

(MA Anthropology, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder) Robin Fiore is a diet preparation and animal nutrition research intern at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Bert Covert, her advisor, guided her MA research on silvered langurs in Vietnam.

Kate Fischer

(BA Latin American Studies, 2003 Carleton College; MA Anthropology, 2008 University of Colorado Boulder). Fischer’s research examines the rise of the welfare state in Costa Rica through its protection and support of the coffee industry since independence. She focuses on the challenges to both the welfare state and coffee production model since the 1980s, questioning the claims of both the foreign specialty coffee industry and certification programs such as Fair...

Rachel Fleming

(BA Anthropology, 2000 Dartmouth College; Masters Regional Planning, 2005 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; MA Anthropology, 2009 University of Colorado Boulder). Rachel’s research is in cultural anthropology, with a focus on urbanization, class mobility, and gender role change for young professional women in Bangalore, India. Her advisor was Carole McGranahan.

Jamie Forde

(BA Anthropology, 2002 University of California Santa Cruz; MA Anthropology, 2006 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder). Forde’s research focuses on the archaeology of central and southern Mexico, particularly Oaxaca, and the interdisciplinary uses of epigraphy and ethnohistory to better understand the transition from Postclassic to Colonial periods. His interests include social theory, ideology and relationships of power, iconographic analysis, and text-aided archaeology...

Alexandria Halmbacher

(BA Anthropology, 2011 University of Cincinnati; BA Anthropology, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). Alexandria has worked at the Archaeological site of Cerén in the Zapotitán Valley in El Salvador. She is interested in studying the political relationships between the Zapotitán Valley Archaeological sites. Her advisor was Payson Sheets.

Amy Harrison-Levine

(BS Natural Resources/Anthropology, 1992 Michigan State University; MA Anthropology, 1998 Kent State University; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2016 University of Colorado Boulder). Harrison-Levine has participated in a wide range of studies regarding the behavior and ecology of living primates. Her dissertation will focus on human/non-human primate forest resource overlap in Vietnam. Results of this research will help target limited resources to conservation interventions identified as most important for the preservation...

Guy David Hepp

(BA Anthropology and English [Creative Writing] 2004 University of Colorado; MA Anthropology, 2007 Florida State University; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder). Hepp specializes in the archaeology of southern coastal Mesoamerica. His research has focused on the analysis of iconographic material culture as an indicator of past social interaction. Hepp’s dissertation research explores the origins of sedentism in coastal Oaxaca, Mexico during the Early Formative period (ca...

Michaela Howells

(PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Michaela is primarily interested in reproductive ecology and human biology. Her dissertation research addresses the relationship between psychosocial stress and pregnancy outcomes in Samoan women. Her advisor is Darna Dufour. Michaela’s Dissertation Title is ” Maternal psychosocial stress and neonate outcomes on the Pacific island of Tutuila.” Michaela has recently accepted a position as a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the...

Jennifer Ida

(BA Anthropology, 2012 Wagner College; MA Anthropology, 2016 University of Colorado Boulder). Jennifer’s research interests lie at the intersection of human and animal health and explore this intersection from a biocultural perspective. Of particular interest to her are the biocultural influences on both perceived and actual risk of zoonotic disease transmission in indigenous communities in Latin America. Her Master’s fieldwork will be conducted with the Wayuu on the Colombian-Venezuelan border,...

Quyet Le Khac

(BS Biology,1999 & MS Biology, 2007 College of Science – Vietnam National University, Hanoir; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). Quyet studied the behavioral ecology and conservation of Vietnam primates. He is interested in primate positional behavior, especially the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus). His work focuses on biodiversity conservation in Vietnam. His advisor was Bert Covert.

James Millette

(BS Anthropology, 2003 Emory University; MA Anthropology, 2007 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2016 University of Colorado Boulder). Jim is interested in understanding the behavioral, ecological and biological effects of primate tooth wear. His work combines both field and lab based approaches to better understand how loss of dental function may impact health status, reproductive success and the ability to survive, as well as the role of...

Christopher Morris

(BA Germanic Studies and Anthropology, 2001 University of Colorado; MA Anthropology, 2007 University of Colorado; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). Chris’s research concerns pharmaceutical bioprospecting, medicine and bioangst, indigeneity, NGOs and traditional governance in Eastern Cape, South Africa and Germany. His advisor was Donna Goldstein. Dr. Morris is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York...

Brian Naze

(PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Naze is interested in prehistoric hunter-gatherers with an emphasis on the Paleoindian occupation of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. His dissertation research addressed the current controversy over the nature of Paleoindian band mobility patterns, with the traditional school of thought maintaining the view of highly mobile big game hunters and the alternative viewpoint arguing for mobility strategies more analogous to...

Jonathan O'Brien

(BA Anthropology, 2000 University of Florida; MA Anthropology, 2006 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). O’Brien studies the feeding and sensory ecology of South East Asian colobines. Specifically, he is looking at habitat variation within black shanked doucs (Pygathrix nigripes) and the status of silvered langurs (Trachypithecus margarita) in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. His work focuses on the conservation of primates within...

Lindsay Ofrias

(MA Anthropology, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Lindsay is primarily interested in contemporary issues surrounding oil development and environmental restoration in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Lindsay graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a MA in Anthropology as well as a Graduate Certificate on Environment, Policy and Society. Her advisor was Donna Goldstein. Lindsay will be pursuing her PhD at Princeton University.

Katy Putsavage

(BA Anthropology, 2001 University of Maryland; MS Museum and Field Studies, 2008 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder). Putsavage’s research interests are in museums and archaeology of the Southwest US. Her master’s thesis research focused on Mesa Verde ceramic mugs. Katy’s dissertation research is focusing on the social changes which occurred in the southern Southwest after AD 1130. She is working at the...

Ivy Rieger

(BA Anthropology, 2005 Georgia State University; MA Anthropology, 2007 Florida State University; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder). Ivy works in the Mixtec community of San Juan Mixtepec, located in Oaxaca, Mexico, and investigates the ways in which members of this transnational migratory community negotiate various identities through the lens of their fiesta cycle. She will begin her dissertation research in 2013 and will live and work...

Anna Schneider

(BA Anthropology & Museum Studies, 2011, Colorado College; MA Anthropology, 2016 University of Colorado Boulder). Anna is interested in Mesoamerican ethnohistory, representations of the Basin of Mexico, and the interaction of Spanish and native groups from the 16th century onward. Her current research deals with how the landscape of the Basin of Mexico was altered by the establishment and expansion of Tenochtitlan and later Mexico City. As a dual degree...

Kristin Schwagerl

(BA Anthropology & Sociology, 2011 Gustavus Adolphus College; MA Anthropology, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder). Kris's research interests include hominin origins and dietary reconstruction. She has done field work in South Africa as part of the Mossel Bay Archaeology Project. Her previous independent research and experimentation has focused on ostrich eggshell and red ocher. Kris’s advisor was Matt Sponheimer.

Jakob Sedig

(BS Anthropology, 2007 Illinois State University; MA Anthropology, 2010 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2015 University of Colorado Boulder). After completing a Master’s Thesis examining projectile points from the northern Southwest, Jakob has moved south, into the Mimbres region. His dissertation research will examine how the Mimbres people adapted to environmental changes, and how they interacted with their prehistoric neighbors (the Hohokam and the Ancestral Puebloans). Jakob...

Caitlin Sommer

(MA Anthropology, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Thesis title: Animacy, Symbolism, and Feathers from Mantle’s Cave, Colorado. Her advisor was Steve Lekson.

Magdelena Stawkowski

(BA Anthropology/History, 2003 University of Delaware; MA Anthropology, 2007 University of Colorado Boulder; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder). Stawkowski examines the social consequences of six decades of nuclearism that left a legacy of radioactive contamination in Kazakhstan. She argues that the radioactive realities of communities living in close proximity to the nuclear test site known as the Polygon and the current nuclear activities in uranium mining...

Philip Duran Stephens

(MA Anthropolgy, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Philip’s focus was on biocultural perspectives in modern medicine; working towards a better doctor-patient relationship. His advisor was Darna Dufour. Philip continued his education at CU Medical School. Philip passed away on the 26th of December, 2014. Philip stated, "I enjoy finding meaningful ways to learn and travel, and have been lucky enough to make some wonderful memories while doing so."

Michael Strinden

(MA Anthropology, 2014 University of Colorado Boulder) Thesis title: An Evaluation of the Oral Microbiome and Potential Zoonoses of Two Ubiquitous South African Strepsirrhines, Otolemur crassicaudatus and Galago moholi. Faculty Advisor: Michelle Sauther

Kendall Tallmadge

(MA Anthropology, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Kendall Tallmadge is interested in indigenous self-representation and collaboration in museums and other cultural tourist attractions. Her thesis research examines Ho-Chunk cultural tourism and the role it played and continues to play in both the Native and non-Native Wisconsin Dells community. She is also a dual degree student in the Leeds MBA program with a focus in management and entrepreneurship. Her advisor was...

Hoang Mai Thach

(MA Anthropology, 2009 University of Colorado Boulder). Hoang wrote his thesis on the “History of Research on Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkeys in Vietnam and an Analysis of their Daily Ranging Behavior in Khau Ca, Ha Giang Province”. He earned his B.Sc. from Hanoi University of Science in 2001 and has gone on to doctoral studies at Rutgers University.

Marnie Thomson

(BA Anthropology, 2004 Washington University in St. Louis; MA Social Sciences, 2006 University of Chicago; PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2016 University of Colorado Boulder). Thomson’s research is in cultural anthropology, with a focus on the politics of humanitarian intervention across the borders of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her advisor was Carole McGranahan. Summer 2017 News Marnie has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology in...

Lawrence Ray Ulibarri

(PhD Doctor of Philosophy, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder) Larry’s dissertation research involved the socioecology and conservation of red-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nemaeus) in Son Tra Nature Reserve, Da Nang City, Vietnam. With the habituation of a group of doucs, his observations allowed him to study the influences of modularity, intragroup scramble competition, intergroup contest competition, ranging, group structures and organization, activity budgets, and feeding ecology. His project with Da Nang...