Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis

I currently serve as Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Davis. In the past, I have taught classes on World Prehistory, the Origins of Agriculture, Prehistoric Technologies, Archaeometry, Andean Prehistory, the Archaeology of California and the Great Basin, and Introductory Archaeology. I run the archaeometry lab in 306 Young Hall.

My research interests include Hunter-Gatherer adaptations to different environmental and social conditions, the origins and transmission of technologies, especially lithic and pottery technologies, the development of incipient leadership, and land tenure and resource ownership among hunter-gatherers. I have employed various analytical techniques, including Stable Isotope Analysis, Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), X-Ray Flourescence (XRF), Electron Microprobe (EM), and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) to address these topics. I have conducted fieldwork in Western North America, Southern Peru, and Northwestern Europe.

I also currently edit the longstanding book series, Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology, published through Springer. If you are interested in having your manuscript or edited collection of papers considered for the series please contact me (email or phone are best). We are always looking for new and innovative books for the series.