*Charles A. Speer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Curator of Anthropology at Idaho Museum of Natural History
Office: Graveley 162
I was born and raised in South Texas. I received my PhD from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Anthropology in 2013. Following graduation, I served as a post-doctoral researcher at Texas State University in the Department of Anthropology and worked primarily from Clovis Period materials from the Gault Site. My research primarily focuses on geochemical analysis of knappable stone to determine mobility patterns of prehistoric hunter-gatherers. I am currently working on developing large databases of geochemical information of knappable stone throughout the Intermountain West, the Great Plains, and South Central North America with which to compare Paleoindian artifacts.
My other research areas focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the peopling of the New World, lithic technology, experimental archaeology, 3D modeling, and GIS predictive modeling. My biggest hope is to be a positive influence and mentor to students! I have been an avid flintknapper and primitive skills enthusiast for over 12 years. I personally enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, and kayaking.