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Adams,Jacob
Jacob Adams
Field of study: Ph.D. Candidate Archaeology
Advisor:
Email: jsadams@wsu.edu
Description: I am currently an archaeology Ph.D. student working with Dr. Andrefsky. My research interests include hunter-gatherer adaptations, lithic technology and the prehistory of Alaska. I have worked on field projects in Yellowstone National Park, Montana and Alaska. My dissertation work involves examining toolkit variability of late Pleistocene/early Holocene hunter-gatherers in Eastern Beringia, with an emphasis on experimental archaeology. In my free time I enjoy ice climbing, mountaineering, fly fishing, travel, and of course long walks on the beach.
 
 
 
Tiffany Alvarez
Field of study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Edward Hagen
Email:Tiffany.Alvarez@wsu.edu
I am a biomedical anthropologist interested in bio-cultural and evolutionary perspectives on health, disease disparities, disease dissemination, and sickness symptom expression.

In the past, my research has focused on human female life-history allocation challenges during acute illness; specifically the effect acute upper respiratory infection has on various aspects of sexuality.

Currently, my research concerns sex-biased disease susceptibilities caused by endocrine-immune interactions. I am especially interested in the role estrogen and progesterone play in mediating the maternal-fetal immune relationship and the trade-offs between maintenance (immunity) and current reproduction (pregnancy). Specifically, exploring the biological and behavioral mechanisms of the plant toxin defense network in cultural context and within a life history framework.

My areas of concentration include: Latin America, Toxicology, Human Reproductive Ecology, Ecological Immunity, Maternal Health.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Awoke Amzaye Assoma
Field of study: Ph.D. candidate Cultural anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Barry Hewlett
Email:awoke.assoma@wsu.edu
I am cultural anthropology PhD candidate focusing on cultural ecology (environmental anthropology). I am working with Dr. Barry Hewlett and Robert Quinlan. My research is on the enset agricultural system, its current status, and its future; my special focus is on the enset agricultural system of the Kore people in Amaro, South Ethiopian Regional State. I am also active faculty at Hawassa University (Anthropology Program, School of Behavioral Sciences), Ethiopia. In the past I had training in history (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, BA degree), in paleontology, human and animal anatomy and field methods (The University of Tokyo, Japan, MSc), and social anthropology (The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, MSc. I undertook paleoanthropological field research (for my MSC thesis, Tokyo) in southern Ethiopia. Moreover, I participated, as team member, in various paleoanthropological and ethnographic field research projects in Ethiopia. As one of my biggest achievements, I conducted research (with two of my colleagues, Dr. Yonas Beyene and Dr. Metasebia Bekele) and produced UNESCO heritage nomination file for inclusion of the Konso Cultural Landscape onto the World Heritage List, for which I was awarded certificate of recognition by the Ministry of culture and Tourism, Ethiopia, and UNESCO. I also wrote my MS thesis on the ‘Heritagization of Konso Cultural Landscape’.
 
Valda Black
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Erin Thornton
Email: valda.black@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student working with Dr. Erin Thornton in the Stable Isotope Lab.
I obtained my Bachelor and Masters degrees in Anthropology at CUNY Hunter College in New York. My MA thesis focused on using 3D geometric morphometric techniques to analyze intentional cranial modification heterogeneity and how it might relate to social identity in prehistoric Andean Peru. My dissertation work will continue in this region by incorporating skeletal analysis, ancient DNA, and stable isotope techniques to explore migration, lineage, and reformulation of identity.

 
 
Justin Brown
Field of study: Ph.D. student Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Rob Quinlan
Email: Justin.brown2@wsu.edu
Justin has a MS in Ecology and is a PhD student interested in biocultural anthropology. His current research will test experimental methods to operationalize culture without introducing language barriers. If these methods prove reliable, he hopes to implement them broadly in cross-cultural research. These methods will be used to supplement his current experimental research exploring within- and between-sex differences in density-dependent cultural and biological moderation of mate preference and intra-sexual trust. In the future Justin hopes to explore these phenomena in non-experimental settings and study biocultural interactions across stages of biological and cultural development. Justin is particularly interested in the effects of environmental stability and acculturation on cultural variation within generations, cultural fidelity across generations, and concomitant effects on mating strategies.
Dominic Bush
Field of study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Erin Thornton
Email: dominic.bush@wsu.edu
I am currently an archaeology MA student working with Dr. Erin Thornton. I received my bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. I am primarily interested in zooarchaeology and using the analysis of animal remains to infer various cultural aspects of past societies. Specifically, I am focused on changes in Mayan animal use in response to the arrival of the Spanish. My current research is based in the Central Petén Lakes region in northern Guatemala. In the past, I worked with a 19th century Midwest fur-trapping assemblage, which included stable isotope analysis. I have also worked on archaeological projects in Ireland and the Philippines.
Judith Card
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Nancy McKee
Email: judith.card@wsu.edu
I am a kinship anthropologist, focusing on issues of child circulation, adoption, and the myriad ways that humans create families and relatedness. My interests are also in feminist anthropology and queer and trans lifeways.
 
 
 



Molly Carney
Field of study: PhD Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Jade d’Alpoim Guedes
Email:molly.carney@wsu.edu
Description: Broadly, I am interested in environmental archaeology. I used paleoethnobotanical and geoarchaeological methods to study the ways in which prehistoric people interacted with their natural and built environments. My research focuses on the signatures of prehistoric architecture of the Columbia Plateau with a particular emphasis on household archaeology and hunter-gatherer mobility. My other research interests include geomorphology, site and landscape formation processes, paleoclimate reconstructions, cultural resource management and heritage outreach, and indigenous collaboration and methodologies. I have worked in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.
Peter Crivellaro
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Steve Weber
Email: peter.crivellaro@wsu.edu
I am currently an M.A./Ph.D. student working with Dr. Julia Cassaniti. My research explores the ways in which subjective experiences are shaped by religious and metaphysical beliefs and convictions. My interests relate to the fundamental differences in conceptualizations of the self, mind, and world, with a particular emphasis on understanding how and where the line is drawn between the ‘internal’ and ‘external’ in the context of distinct cultural and religious backgrounds. My field work will be based primarily in Buddhist monasteries of Thailand.
Brooke Ann Coco
Field of Study: MA Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Jeanette Mageo
Email:brookeann.coco@wsu.edu
My academic interests fit within the realm of psychological anthropology as well as its broader application towards a more inclusive psychology, which transcends the boundaries of biomedicine through the acknowledgment of alternative models of health and healing. My thesis research seeks to explore idioms of distress within the socio-political climate in which they exist, specifically nervios within the highlands of Ecuador. Eventually, my dissertation research will expand upon this work by examining the impact of migration and acculturation on traditional conceptions of nervios among Ecuadorians living in the United States.

Will Damitio
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: william.damitio@wsu.edu
I am currently an M.A. student focusing on archaeology under Dr. Shannon Tushingham. My current research focuses on pipes and smoking in the Pacific Northwest of North America, especially in the Columbia River Plateau. I am utilizing a combination of geographic information system approaches and chemical residue analyses of artifacts to create a better understanding of the antiquity of smoking practices in this region.

I received my B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Western Washington University. While there, I participated in the marine invertebrate component of a large zooarchaeological project analyzing a site on the Olympic Peninsula. I have also been involved in archaeological collections management, in which I maintain an interest.
 
 
 
 
Jessica Devio
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Erin Thornton
Email: jessica.devio@wsu.edu
Description: I am an archaeology PhD student working with Erin Thornton and Jade d'Alpoim Guedes. I received my BA from Florida Atlantic University and my MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. For my MA thesis, I studied food preparation at a Late Classic housing group at Xunantunich in Belize. My research used starch grain analysis to identify the function of an assemblage of chert bladelets. My research suggests that they were used to process a variety of different plant materials.
My dissertation research continues my research on Maya consumption using Paleoethnobotany as my primary method of analysis. I am interested in using a multi-proxy analysis incorporating macrobotanical, starch and phytoliths to understand consumption practices of the Maya. I am particularly interested in increasing our understanding of tuberous plant consumption. More broadly, I am interested in the production, distribution and consumption of plant materials, and their role in the formation of Mesoamerican foodways.
Andrew Frierson
Field of study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Shannon Tushingham
Email: andrew.frierson@wsu.edu
I am currently an archaeology M.A. student working with Dr. Tushingham. My research interests include lithic technology and the prehistory of the Great Basin. I have worked in South Carolina, Washington, and Oregon. My thesis will examine variations in the lithic assemblage from Rock Creek Shelter (35LK22) located in southern Oregon to answer questions about mobility patterns, land use, and sedentism. I am also interested in cultural resource management and experimental archaeology.
Katie Flores
Field of study: Ph.D. student, Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Marsha Quinlan
Email:katherine.e.flores@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in cultural anthropology working with Dr. Marsha Quinlan. I am interested in medical anthropology, particularly reproductive health and its place within traditional medical systems in transitioning societies. I am also interested in ethnobotany. My dissertation will focus on contraception use among the Sidama in SW Ethiopia. I served as a research assistant for the Dr. Courtney Meehan’s INSPIRE project and assisted with data collection in Ethiopia. I am further collaborating with Dr. Meehan on a project exploring the cultural transmission of breastfeeding and post-partum practice norms among the Sidama.
 
Nichole Fournier
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Shannon Tushingham
Email: nichole.fournier@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D student of archaeology working with Dr. Shannon Tushingham. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from North Carolina State University, where I focused on Forensic Anthropology. I have an interest in research that draws on multiple disciplines to answer anthropological questions and is applicable to fields outside of anthropology, particularly genetics, human biology, and public health. I plan to use my background in human osteology in conjunction with several aspects of archaeological science in order to answer questions regarding human variation and population history. For my dissertation research, I plan to study a prehistoric human population living in the San Francisco Bay Area during a period of resource stress caused by a major drought. Using osteological, ancient DNA, and isotopic evidence, I will explore whether certain groups, such as ages or sexes, were more influenced by this resource stress and use this information to reconstruct population history.
Samantha Fulgham
Field of Study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Shannon Tushingham
Email: samantha.fulgham@wsu.edu
I am interested in mapping prehistoric subsistence and environmental changes in Hunting and Gathering communities in the Pacific Northwest using a combination of zooarchaeology and paleoethnobotany. My thesis research will be on a site on Galiano Island excavated by Professor Grier, and will most likely involve a combination of zooarchaeological and paleo-botanical analysis of a sea urchin feature. My B.A of Anthropology was completed at UC Santa Barbara in 2015 where I worked on shell midden analysis, and conducted an independent research project identifying groundstone from a local Chumash site.


 
 
 
 
 
Andrew Gillreath-Brown
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Tim Kohler
Email: andrew.d.brown@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in Archaeology working with Dr. Tim Kohler. My research interests include modeling, agriculture, paleoclimate, computational archaeology, environmental archaeology, and research that surrounds how humans respond to environmental change.
I received a MS in Applied Geography, specializing in Environmental Archaeology, in August 2016 from the University of North Texas. My Master’s thesis research was directed toward understanding the spatial variability of soil moisture on a small scale in the central Mesa Verde region (CMV). In an area with limited moisture and agricultural features, I wanted to understand where farming may have taken place on the landscape (using soil moisture) and how settlement patterns in relation to agricultural fields changed over time on a local level, particularly leading up to the depopulation of the CMV.
My dissertation research will focus on experimenting with paleoecological data (e.g., pollen) to assess whether or not different approaches are feasible for paleoclimatic field reconstructions. In addition, I will also use pollen data to generate vegetation (biome) reconstructions. By using tree-ring and pollen data, we can gain a better understanding of the paleoclimate and the spatial distribution of vegetation communities and how those changed over time. These data can be used to better understand changes in demography and how people responded to environmental change.
I also currently serve as an Executive Board Member for the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology and an Editorial Assistant for Ethnobiology Letters.
Sydney Hanson
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Jade d'Alpoim Guedes
Email: sydney.hanson@wsu.edu
Description: I am interested in the relationship between past humans and their environments, particularly in Asia. My thesis research is focused on changes in prehistoric subsistence practices in Thailand as evidenced by plant remains. I am also interested in Columbia Plateau archaeology.

 
Kathryn Harris
Field of study: Ph.D. Candidate Archaeology
Advisor: William Andrefsky, Jr.
Email: kaharris@wsu.edu
Description: My research explores lithic technological organization, human behavioral ecology, and the conditions under which people choose to change their social organization. I have worked in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Mongolia; my dissertation research examines the development of sociopolitical complexity on the Columbia Plateau. More recently, I have become involved in a research project that explores the archaeological evidence for the foraging to pastoralism transition in northern Mongolia.

My other interest is in public policy. I believe that anthropology is useful well beyond the ivory tower, and that the time is ripe for anthropologists to become the agents of social change we are primed to be. I currently serve as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Graduate and Professional Student Association at WSU and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.
Paige Hawthorne
Field of study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Colin Grier
paige.hawthorne@wsu.edu
I am currently an archaeology MA student working with Dr. Colin Grier. My research interests include hunter-gatherer societies' subsistence and environment through stable isotope ecology and zooarchaeological methods. Currently, my thesis involves the analysis of prehistoric avian remains found in coastal areas of British Columbia and how this influences social aspects of resource exploitation. I am also interested in public archaeology and heritage outreach to local communities.

Cynthiann Heckelsmiller
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Marsha Quinlan
Email: c.heckelsmiller@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology, studying ethnobotany with Marsha Quinlan. I am interested in how indigenous people adapt to modern development changes, especially related to plant use and knowledge. I completed my MS in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, where my fieldwork and dissertation focused on plant food use and ethnic identity as subsistence strategies change for Maasai in NE Tanzania. My past fieldwork also includes looking at TEK, land rights, and conservation with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Northern British Columbia. My PhD thesis will expand on the connections between subsistence, cultural identity and transmission in East Africa. Outside of anthropology, I am still a field botanist at heart, and can be found somewhere in the bush with a hand lens and my research assistant/dog.
Chaise Jung
Field of study: MA Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Jeannette Mageo
Email: chaise.jung@wsu.edu
I am a cultural anthropology M.A. student interested in psychological anthropology. My research will focus on the relationship between the individual and culture in regards to different conceptualizations of self within a cultural construct. In other words, the relationship between individual and cultural ideas of personhood. Additionally, I am interested in the way this relationship manifests within the mind; such as an individual’s dreams. I currently plan to focus my research in the South Pacific region.


Athar Khan
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Jade d’Alpoim Guedes
Email: athar.khan@wsu.edu
I am a PhD Student with a research interest in application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu-Kush (HKH) Mountain Ranges. A part of his research is to find how climate change adaptation policies are viewed in the local discourses and what material consequences that has in practice.
I have received M.Sc. degree in Forestry from Pakistan Forest Institute Peshawar and M.Sc. in Carbon Management from University of Central Lancashire UK. I worked as a director of the Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) in Pakistan, participatory forestry expert and advisor for FAO in Afghanistan and Biodiversity Specialist with IUCN Pakistan.
Sreenidhi Krishnan
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Clare M. Wilkinson
Email: sreenidhi.krishnan@wsu.edu
I am currently a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology and my research interests include looking at the production and significance of material culture in everyday life, understanding the capacity of religious practices in deciding the gender dynamics within media and industry, the content produced and its subsequent role in shaping production processes and workplace culture. Areas that specifically interest me are creative direction, art, costuming and design within the Hindi television industry.
Areas of concentration: Anthropology of media, Visual culture, Indian Television, Production Cultures, Postcolonial Theory.
Avery Lane
Field of Study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Courtney Meehan
Email: avery.lane@wsu.edu
I am an MA/PhD student in the Biocultural lab. My primary research interests are cross-cultural variation in the microbiome of human breastmilk and the human gut, how this variation is shaped by genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and sociocultural factors, and its implications for the adaptive nature of cooperative breeding and the evolution of sociality.
 
Aaron Lightner
Field of study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Edward Hagen
Email:aaron.lightner@wsu.edu
I am an MA/PhD student primarily interested in human cooperation and cognitive ecology. In particular, I am currently investigating the impact of socially learned frames on economic decision making and its implications for existing models of human cooperation. This explores a broader research question asking to what extent human nature and social context shape individual beliefs and preferences involved in economic exchange. This research primarily draws from experimental economics, evolutionary psychology and game theory.
 
Hannah MacIntyre
Field of Study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Nancy McKee
Email: Hannah.macintyre@wsu.edu
I am a second year cultural anthropology MA student working with Dr. Nancy McKee. My interests lie in Educational Anthropology and its application to meaningful and lasting education reform efforts at the state and national levels; and the examination of structural and material impacts of public institutions in shaping contemporary human experience including the development of self. The focus of my thesis work is on the educational access of LGBTQIA public school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in north Texas. My professional background prior to graduate school is comprised primarily of community education, public education and advocacy, working in outreach and education for an AIDS Service organization in north Texas (5years) and the 6 years preceding my studies at WSU were spent in a variety of secondary classroom settings as a social studies teacher (specific classes taught: World Geography, US History, Government, and Economics).
 
Jessica McCauley
Field of study:Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Julia Cassaniti
Email: jessica.mccauley@wsu.edu
I study cultural anthropology, with a focus on psychological and medical anthropology. My background is in mental health counseling within a holistic framework. I am interested in local health and healing practices, particularly the engagement of body, mind and spirit in healing. I spent the summer of 2014 researching the djinidon healing practice, which includes djinn possession (Muslim spirits) in Bamako, Mali, as a Lemelson/SPA (Society for Psychological Anthropology) Student Fellow.
 
 
 
Brandon McIntosh
Field of Study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Erin Thornton
brandon.m.mcintosh@wsu.edu
My research interests include the prehistoric cultures of the Great Basin, U.S. Southwest, and Mesoamerica, stable isotope ecology, zooarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and conservation biology. My research includes stable isotope analysis in connection to the faunal component of the archaeological record for the purpose of understanding prehistoric relationships between humans and their animal neighbors, and the archaeology of environmental change. I seek to understand cultural and biological change through evolutionary and niche construction theory. My Master’s thesis research was directed toward understanding turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) domestication, and the exploitation of freshwater fish species as strategies for resilience in subsistence and market trade at the Postclassic site of Isla Cilvituk (Campeche, Mexico). My dissertation research combines zooarchaeological, isotopic and ancient DNA analyses to explore turkey use and domestication in the Jornada, Mimbres and Casas Grandes regions of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico.




Galen Miller-Atkins
Field of study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Luke Premo
Email:galen.miller-atkins@wsu.edu
I am currently a Ph.D student working under Dr. Premo.
My research interests include the origins of behavioral modernity, mobility, time-perspectivism, agent-based modeling, and the Middle Stone Age record in southern Africa. My research includes combining agent-based modeling with distributional archaeology in order to explore landscape use through time. Ultimately I want to understand how the archaeological record allows or prevents us from answering questions pertaining to cultural change and differentiation. I have worked in southern Ohio, Dmanisi, Georgia and South Africa. For my M.A. thesis I investigated how local extinctions and time-averaging affect the spatial scale of cultural similarity in simulated assemblages. Currently I am exploring mobility strategies, lithic variability, and time-averaging in the South African Paleolithic
 
Piyawit "Jiw" Moonkham
Field of study: MA, Cultural Anthropology
Advisor:Julia Cassaniti
Email:piyawit.moonkham@wsu.edu
I am currently an MA student in Cultural Anthropology working with Dr. Julia Cassaniti, Colin Grier, and Jade D’Alpoim Guedes on a project that connects social memory and myth to historical landscape change in Thailand . My project examines northern Thai legends and folktales of the naga (a kind of magical serpent) as clues to the ways that people have modified their landscape and communally adapted to disasters in the region, especially in periods after historical floods and earthquakes. I also am working on developing a theoretical approach that integrates archaeological and cultural theories to understand patterns of interaction and relations between human, objects, and the environment of early historic settlements in Thailand, in locally-structured transitions to its complexity. My research interests also include the social networks involved in collective memory, and ethnohistorical archaeology of changing landscapes relating to historical disasters and climate changes in northern Thailand and mainland Southeast Asia.
 
 
 
Lori Phillips
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Erin Thornton
Email: lori.phillips@wsu.edu
I am currently an archaeology M.A. student working with Dr. Erin Thornton. My research interests include stable isotope analysis, zooarchaeology, bioarchaeology, and the ancient Maya. Before coming to WSU, I worked on archaeological projects in both South Africa and Central America, but my current research is based in the Maya region. For my M.A. thesis, I am studying turkey husbandry at the Postclassic site of Mayapan (Yucatan, Mexico) through integrated zooarchaeological and isotopic analyses. In addition to my MA work, I have also been participating in excavation and faunal analysis of several sites located near extensive wetlands in central/northern Belize. For my dissertation, I will use these faunal assemblages in conjunction with stable isotopes analyses (carbon, nitrogen and sulfur) to explore ancient Maya aquatic resource use.
Katie Richards
Field of Study: Archaeology
Advisor: Andrew Duff
Email:katie.richards@wsu.edu
I am currently a Ph.D. student in Archaeology working with Andrew Duff. My research primarily focuses on the prehistoric cultures of the American Southwest and Great Basin, with a special interest in the Fremont cultural area. My research interests include ceramic studies, architecture, and social organization. For my thesis project I created a typology of Fremont painted ceramic designs and examined the implications of the similarities of painted designs across the Fremont region. My dissertation research will expand this and explore the relationships between the Fremont and the Ancestral Puebloans as well as examine the function of painted pottery in the Fremont region. I have worked in Petra, Jordan, Idaho, Nevada, and at Fremont, Promontory, and Ancestral Puebloan sites across Utah.
 
 
 
Jennifer Roulette
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Marsha Quinlan
Email:jennifer.roulette@wsu.edu
My research focuses on the intersection of medical anthropology and child development, within the context of sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically, I explore children’s ethnomedical knowledge and theories of disease causality, including how it is acquired and how it develops throughout childhood. Ultimately, I want to use this knowledge to build culturally and developmentally appropriate health education material. My first ethnographic research was with the Aka foragers and Ngandu horticulturalists of the Central African Republic. More recently I begin to conduct research with Maasai agro-pastoralists in northern Tanzania, which involves a mixed-methods approach to collect ethnomedical data evaluating how Maasai people across the lifespan think and feel about health issues that impact their lives. It also involves working with the local school to disseminate core findings about an antibiotic resistance research project and developing health education material about germ theory and hand washing.
Mulye Tadesse
Field of study: Ph.D. student Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Robert Quinlan
Email: mulye.tadesse@wsu.edu
Currently I am attending my PhD in Cultural Anthropology program. For my PhD research I am working on migration, social networks and remittance in the Southern Nation, Nationalities and Population Region of Ethiopia.
Amanda Thiel
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Marsha Quinlan
Email: amanda.thiel@wsu.edu
I am an MA student of cultural anthropology working with Dr. Marsha Quinlan. I study ethnobotany, the interrelationship of plants and people, and more broadly, how people fit into and think about their local natural environment. My thesis research is on Q’eqchi’ Maya home gardens in rural Guatemala. I have previous personal and academic experience in ethnomedicine, medicinal plants, and sustainable wild-harvesting practices. I also own and operate a herbal products company, Isla Botanica, based on San Juan Island, WA.
Emily Whistler
Field of study: Ph.D. student Zooarchaeology
Advisor: Colin Grier
Email: emily.whistler@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Colin Grier in the Salish Sea region. My research interests include: Zooarchaeology, Birds, Coastal Foraging strategies, Isotopes and aDNA, Conservation Ecology, and Social aspects of hunting.

Ashenafi Zena
Field of study:Archaeology
Advisor: Andrew Duff
Email: ashenafi.zena@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student and currently working on the stelae of Gedeo, South Ethiopia. My research interests include monumentality, cultural landscape and historical archaeology.
Mario Zimmerman
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Steve Weber
Email: mario.zimmermann@wsu.edu
I'm a PhD student in Archaeology and I'm specializing in Paleoethnobotanics. Having achieved B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan at Merida, Mexico, my research and professional experience falls within Mayan Archaeology. I'm particularly interested in human-environment interactions, the impact and strategies of tropical pre-Columbian agriculture, as well as the social aspects of food distribution. My dissertation research focuses on the identification of areas of food preparation and consumption within pre-Columbian residences by ways of chemical residue analyses and the subsequent identification and analyses of micro-botanical elements (starch grains). The goal of my project is to obtain data relating to crop variety, diet and socioeconomic differentiation within and amongst urban Maya settlements. My background well as working as a CRM and public archaeologist on both pre-Columbian Maya and historical sites on the Yucatan Peninsula.