• Environmental archaeology • Human responses to climate change • Archaeometry
In addition to his work at INSTAAR, Dr. Lee has worked for federal and state agencies and entities, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as well as a private consultant. He has directed field projects in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming and published articles in several respected journals, including Antiquity, American Antiquity, Arctic, and The Holocene as well as numerous reports, proceedings and book reviews. He advocates for the nascent field of ice patch archaeology through dozens of professional papers at international, national and regional conferences. He is a member of the Glacier National Park Cultural Resources Management Group (GCRMG) with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and the Blackfeet Nation as well as University of Wyoming and University of Arizona. Dr. Lee is on the Board of Directors of the Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve in Colorado as well as the Board of Directors for the Montana Archaeological Society.
He is featured in Visionlearning Profiles in Science.
- PhD: University of Colorado, 2007
- MA: University of Wyoming, 2001
- BS: Montana State University, 1996
- Camp Monaco Prize, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 2016
Dr. Lee researches the human ecology and landscape archaeology of alpine and high latitude environments with an emphasis on sharing the process and results with numerous audiences, including the professional scientific community, Native American communities, and the interested public.
His specialties include environmental archaeology (landscapes, icescapes, seascapes); human responses to climate change; archaeometry (isotopic analyses); and historical ecology.
Ice patch archaeology
The Glacier National Park Ice Patch Archeology and Paleoecology Project is a collaborative research effort between Glacier National Park, CU Boulder, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Blackfeet Nation, and units of the National Park Service. Melting ice poses a risk to previously preserved cultural and natural resources. The project partnership conducted cutting-edge, culturally informed fieldwork to survey, map, and sample stable ice patches in the park in 2010 and 2011. The research will be used to establish a National Park Service-wide protocol for the collection, documentation, analysis and curation of artifacts recovered from melting ice patches.
See a video about this research, "Ice Patch Archaeology."
- ANTH 101D: Anthropology and the Human Experience
- Montana State University
- ANTH 351: North American Archaeology
- Montana State University
- ANTH 4020/5020: Paleoindian Archaeology