I began in archaeology as a 15-year old high school student excavating at the Thunderbird Paleoindian site near Front Royal (VA), and have been at it ever since. My undergraduate education was in Anthropology (with a minor in soils) at the University of Maryland (B.A. 1977). I then crossed the country for graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, doing coursework in archaeology and Quaternary sciences (the latter through the Quaternary Research Center). After earning my M.A. (1979) in Anthropology /Archaeology, I was a Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution (1981-1982), then returned to the University of Washington to complete my Ph.D. (1984).
Newly-minted degree in hand, I joined the SMU Department of Anthropology as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 1984, and never left. I am now the Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory, and the Executive Director of the Quest Archaeological Research Program. In addition, I hold an extramural appointment as Affiliate Professor in Prehistory, Climate and Environment, at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and I am a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In Spring 2019, I am a Beaufort Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.
I am a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 1998), and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2009), The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (2009), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2013).