Department of Anthropology
Southern Methodist University
University of Missouri Research Reactor
Paleoindian Database of the Americas
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. My dissertation involved morphological and phylogenetic analyses of Paleoindian projectile points from eastern North America. I am interested in multidisciplinary approaches to anthropology and archaeology. My research combines aspects of evolutionary theory, physical geography, landscape ecology, middle-range research, and geoscience into studying human behavior. My Master’s thesis focused on the effects of rapid social change among a Native American community living on the peripheries of the three colonial powers in the New World in the mid 1600s.
Prior to coming to SMU, I was a Senior Research Specialist in the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor. While there, I conducted research involving the elemental and isotopic compositions of archaeological, geological, and environmental materials, produced technical reports for clients, and worked to preserve archaeological data generated at now-closed laboratories such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Manchester. I maintain a research affiliation with the laboratory, and continue to build on many of the projects I initiated while there.
On a personal note, I have one very well-behaved Keeshond named Circe. When I’m not writing or reading, I keep myself busy watching and reading science fiction, and riding and working on my motorcycle, but not at the same time.