Rebecca's present research focus is on various aspects of prehistoric human migration, interaction, and colonization in Oceania. She has laboratory experience in the preparation and analysis of ancient DNA from humans and commensal species, microfossils, stable isotopes, and, in the operation of several analytical instruments, including ATR-FTIR, LA-ICP-MS, pXRF, and SEM-EDS. She is working on an M.S. thesis based on microfossil analysis of archaeological sediments she collected during two seasons of fieldwork in Fiji's Sigatoka Valley with the intent of answering questions about the timing and nature of subsistence agriculture in prehistoric Fiji. In the future Rebecca plans to complete a PhD and pursue a position in academia that will allow her to continue refining laboratory techniques for application in archaeology.
Ethan is interested in many aspects of anthropology, but most specifically archaeology. His research focus is the archaeology of the Snake River Plain in Idaho. He is mainly interested in lithic analysis, specifically of obsidian and its characteristics. He is trained in obsidian analysis using pXRF. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from Idaho State University in December of 2016. After completing his M.A. at Idaho State University he would like to obtain a Ph.D. in Archaeology/Anthropology and work for a university or the federal government as an archaeologist.
First year graduate student, with an emphasis in archaeology and lithic technologies. My research thesis topic is over prehistoric glue, and the strength behind this primitive material. I have experience creating lithic tools as well as using the portable XRF, in terms of scanning obsidian samples.
Ann received her B.A. in Anthropology from Idaho State University in May of 2012. Her primary interests are the preservation of historic/prehistoric cultural sites and educating others about the importance of preserving them, as well as making archaeological discoveries and information accessible to a wide audience. While she is still finding her niche, she's interested also in pottery for its techniques and as an art form. After completing her M.A. at Idaho State University she would like to obtain a Ph.D. in Archaeology/Anthropology and work for a museum, university, or the federal government as a BLM archaeologist.
Michelle graduated with her Master of Arts in Anthropology degree in 2017. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her thesis research focused on stable isotope analysis of faunal remains from Historic Jamestowne in Virginia. She hopes her research will provide more of an in-depth analysis on the colonists' diet during the first few years of life in the Americas. Michelle hopes to work as an archaeologist at the Jamestown site in Virginia or as a bioarchaeologist researching stable isotope analysis of human diet.
Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 and is now a first year graduate student aspiring to a Master of Science degree. Her emphasis is in biological anthropology with a specified interest in forensic anthropology. Within this field, Hannah is interested in ancestry estimation techniques with populations from Central and South America along with ancestry estimation techniques involving postcranial remains. Hannah has also completed a minor in biology to assist in her degree with anthropology. She hopes to one day bring a forensic anthropology program to the University of British Columbia in Canada or work alongside law enforcement in either a state or national capacity.
Cortney graduated with her Master of Arts in Anthropology degree in 2016. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Nevada at Reno. Cortney works in skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. Her current work is looking at location and frequencies of rib fractures in motor vehicle accidents. She hopes to one day work in human rights and in association with an international forensic anthropology team.
Shanda is a new graduate student who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in Spring 2017. She is now going for her Master of Science in Anthropology with an emphasis on biological anthropology. Her current research focus is human osteology, more specifically, how culture interacts with the human skeleton. Her future plans include working in the field as a bioarchaeologist and eventually getting her Ph.D. in Anthropology.
Ely graduated with a Master of Science degree in Anthropology in 2016 focusing on human osteology, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. His Master’s project focused on evaluating the potential utility of multivariate statistical models for estimating age at death of subadult skeletal remains. He also enjoys participating in the recovery and identification of human remains in association with local law enforcement. He hopes to work full time in a forensic science position at a local agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kiley Heaps completed her undergraduate studies in Linguistic Anthropology at Idaho State University in May 2015. She is now working towards a dual master's degree in Anthropology and Geographic Information Systems. Her focus is directed towards public land and natural resources which includes studies in the environment, political structures and policies, and of course, people.
Jaime completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology in May 2016. As a first year graduate student she is presently enjoying having an opportunity to work with undergraduate students in a classroom setting and online. Her Masters research will be focused in applied anthropology, particularly concerning the human relationship with the environment. She plans to complete a PhD in anthropology, and pursue a career as a professor and researcher.
Kassandra graduated with her Master of Arts in Anthropology degree in 2017. Kassandra studies the biological and cultural interactions of sex from a positive sexuality framework including topics such as sex education, human mating systems and practice, evolutionary influences on sexuality and non-monogamies such as polyamory. She is working towards becoming a college professor and research scientist.
Julie’s interests develop from climate change, environmental policy, social psychology, sustainability discourse and justice augmentation. She accesses perspectives of worldview, memory, place and identity to answer questions about volunteerism, human security, and precarity, under the overarching theme of environment. Currently engaged in a research project in Sonoma County, California; Julie also worked as an intern with a grassroots action group working to build community resilience. She attended COP21 in Paris, France last December as a delegate with Observer status for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Julie’s experience at COP21 and lessons learned there are detailed in an article published in the July 2016 issue of Practical Anthropology.
Lilian (Lily) Urrutia complete her undergraduate studies in Anthropology at Idaho State University in May 2015. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Anthropology at Idaho State University with an emphasis in cultural anthropology. Her graduate thesis focuses on the relationship between people and technology; particularly the relationship between people and video games. Lilian’s research interests also include visual anthropology and popular culture studies. As a Latina student, Lilian, enjoys advocating diversity within anthropology, as well as bringing to light the continuing struggles of minority students in the field. After completing her MA, she hopes to continue researching her various interests in the field.