Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie
Office: Raum 710, D.G.
Understanding changes in human paleoecology during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, when human cultures and demographics were changing drastically, is a key theme in archaeology. But exploring this connection between environmental conditions and human behavior ideally requires paleoenvironmental and archaeological datasets that are directly comparable. Several sites from the Swabian Jura of Southwest Germany have assemblages that fit these criteria; large microvertebrate assemblages, that are ideal for paleoenvironmental reconstruction, are commonly found in direct association with archaeological remains. Despite this, few studies have reconstructed regionally-specific paleoenvironmental and climatic change during the period from the Late Glacial to the early Holocene (associated with the Magdalenian and Mesolithic in the Swabian Jura), leaving a significant gap in our ability to interpret site use, landscape use, and settlement patterns in the Swabian Jura during the Magdalenian (approximately 16,300 to 12,700 years ago) and Mesolithic (approximately 9,500 to 5,000 years ago) cultural periods.
My dissertation uses archaeofaunal remains from two rockshelters in the Swabian Jura, Langmahdhalde and Helga Abri, to reconstruct three components of human paleoecology during the Late Glacial and early Holocene: human subsistence behavior, human and non-human site use, and paleoenvironmental and climatic reconstruction. I am using macrofaunal remains associated with human activity from Langmahdhalde to reconstruct human subsistence behavior and taphonomic analyses of the microfaunal remains from Langmahdhalde to reconstruct non-human predator use of the site. Lastly, I will reconstruct local-scale paleoenvironments and climates using the microfauna from both sites, as well as, stable isotopic analysis on macrofauna from Langmahdhalde.
Oct. 2016 – present: PhD Student
Institute for Natural Scientific Archaeology, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.
Committee: Prof. Dr. Nicholas J. Conard, Dr. Britt M. Starkovich, Dr. Henri Thomassen, Dr. Dorothée G. Drucker.
Student in the Everest Graduate Research Program.
May 2013: Master of Science, Anthropology
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. Emphasis in Archaeology.
Research Title: Trans-Holocene moisture change in northern Baja California – the woodrat assemblage from Abrigo de los Escorpiones.
Committee: Dr. Jack M. Broughton, Dr. Brian Codding, Dr. Andrea Brunelle.
June 2010: Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
Minor in French. University of California, Davis, USA.
Graduated with Highest Honors.
Honors Thesis Title: Suid bone marrow yields and their applications to resource choice in the archaeological record.
Advisor: Dr. Teresa E. Steele. Phi Beta Kappa.