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UUAC Administration


Brian F. Codding

Associate Professor, Anthropology

(Ph.D. Stanford U; Assoc. Prof). Human behavioral ecology, foraging economies, anthropogenic fire, gender division of labor, ethnoarchaeology, ethno-ecology, data analysis, GIS; Australia & North America

Assistant Director

Kenneth Blake Vernon

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Anthropology

Behavioral ecology, geographic and spatial modeling techniques, data management and data science in archaeology, climate, conflict, and human migration in the prehistory of the American Southwest.

Lab Manager

L. Brock James

Graduate Assistant, Anthropology

Behavioral ecology; Fire ecology; Procurement, conveyance, and use of lithic materials; Great Basin & Colorado Plateau Archaeology; East African Ethnography.



Joan Brenner-Coltrain

Adj. Associate Professor

(Ph.D. University of Utah). Archaeological method and theory, stable isotope chemistry, Great Basin, eastern Arctic.
(Ph.D. U Washington 1995; Prof). Zooarchaeology, evolutionary ecology, human paleoecology, North American Prehistory (especially California and the Great Basin)

J. Tyler Faith

Assistant Professor

(Ph.D. George Washington U, 2011; Assist. Prof.). Quaternary paleoecology, vertebrate paleontology, zooarchaeology, paleoanthropology, modern human origins, extinctions, Africa

Alexandra Greenwald

Assistant Professor


(Ph.D. UC Davis, 2017; Assist. Prof.). North American prehistoric archaeology and ethnography, human behavioral ecology, biological anthropology, and bioarchaeology.
(Ph.D. University of Washington 2014; Assist Prof.) North American pre-history; Arid West; Quaternary paleoecology; Archaeobotany; Palynology, Starch grain analysis

Duncan Metcalfe

Associate Professor Emeritus

(Ph.D. U Utah 1987; Assoc. Prof Emeritus). Archaeological method and theory, evolutionary ecology; western North America

James F. O'Connell

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

(Ph.D. UC Berkeley 1971; Dist. Prof Emeritus). Hunter-gatherer ecology, archaeological method and theory; Australia, Africa, North America 

Richard R. Paine

Associate Professor

(Ph.D. Pennsylvania State U 1992; Assoc. Prof). Archaeology, prehistoric demography, complex societies, human/land relationships; Mesoamerica, Europe

Affiliated Researchers

Adrian Bell

Associate Professor
Cultural Anthropology


(Ph.D. UC Davis, 2011; Assoc. Prof). Human ecology, evolutionary game theory and social evolution, economics of small-scale societies, Oceania
(Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2002). RED Lab Director -- paleoecology, fire history, climate change.

Benjamin Davies


Postdoctoral Researcher

(Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2018). Mobility, population dynamics, and the formation of archaeological landscapes.

Tom Flanigan

Forest Archaeologist / Heritage Program Manager
US Forest Service

(Ph.D. University of Utah, 2019). Lithic conveyance. Great Basin, Plains, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, NE Asia, Egypt, and Sudan.

Russell Greaves

Adjunct Associate Professor


(Ph.D. University of New Mexico) Human ecology, material culture, and behavioral variability among modern and past subsistence peoples.

Kristen Hawkes

Evolutionary Ecology
Distinguished Professor

(Ph.D. U Washington 1976; Dist. Prof). Human evolution, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, hunter-gatherers

Kate Magargal

Postdoctoral Researcher

(Ph.D. University of Utah, 2019). Fieldwork in the four-corners region of the US with Native communities reliant on firewood.

Mitchell J. Power

Associate Professor


(Ph.D. University of Oregon). Curator of the Garrett Herbarium (Utah Museum of Natural History), and Power Paleoecology Lab Director -- vegetation history, historical biogeography, fire, paleoecology and paleoclimatology

Alan R. Rogers

Population Genetics

(Ph.D. U New Mexico 1982; Prof). Population genetics, evolutionary ecology

Jerry D. Spangler

Executive Director

Colorado Plataeu Archaeological Alliance

Archaeological research and public outreach with the expressed purpose of furthering the protection and preservation of cultural resources of the Colorado Plateau.

D. Craig Young

Far Western Anthropological Research Group Inc., Great Basin Branch.

Principle, Director of cultural resources consulting and research. Environmental influences and geomorphological processes affecting archaeological site formation and, ultimately, people’s interaction with a changing landscape.
Last Updated: 4/13/21