Research

I consider myself to be a prehistoric hunter-gatherer archaeologist and human behavioral ecologist.  However, my research interests are broad; ranging from experimental archaeology,  evolutionary ecology, human origins, primatology,  peopling of the Americas, megafaunal extinctions, ethnoarchaeology, to ethnocynology. As anthropology encompasses a wide range of sciences - biology, geology, and zoology being my favorites - I like to incorporate them into anthropological theory

 
 
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Experimental Archaeology

My master's thesis at the University of Wyoming was based on a projectile point ballistics experiment. In a controlled setting, with a mounted bow rig and ballistics gel, I launched obsidian projectile points of various sizes in order to determine their function, and apply the results to the ongoing debate regarding the bow and atlatl transition in prehistoric North America. 


Ethnocynology

No matter where you go in the world, you're bound to find a culture of humans - be them in the desert, a remote island, or the forests of Siberia. Along with these humans, however, you will also find an equal or greater amount of dogs padding contently or wearily around them. For more than 20,000 years, humans have lived alongside domesticated dogs (Canis lupis familiaris) - this fascinates me.  

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Cinematography and Social Media 

Obviously, a major part of my anthropological career is based upon my passion for filming and sharing my thoughts on social media. My personal Instagram, Facebook, and Medium accounts are pretty much used for sharing informative posts. 

Excavating a rock shelter in the Bighorn Mountains.

Ballistics Gel Data 

Mapping and testing various rock shelters in Wyoming