I am a zooarchaeologist - an archaeologist who studies animal bones from archaeological sites. I do field research on occasion, but much of my work is in the lab, where I use animal remains to understand how prehistoric humans interacted with - and influenced - their environments. My current research focuses on two very different times and places: the late prehispanic and historic periods in New Mexico, where I study landscape impacts associated with European contact (and particularly with the introduction of sheep, cattle, and other Old World domestics); and the Upper Paleolithic and early Mesolithic of Spain and France, where I investigate human use of patchy landscapes and changing exploitation of small prey such as the wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). For more information, see my curriculum vitae, my academia.edu page, and my ResearchGate profile.
As a member of the faculty at the University of New Mexico's Department of Anthropology, I teach introductory undergraduate classes as well as advanced seminars in zooarchaeology and environmental archaeology for graduate students. In addition, I am the faculty advisor for our graduate Master's in Public Archaeology program, and I advise select students in our Ph.D. program as well. Contact me at elj [at] unm [dot] edu if you'd like more information on either program. NOTE: I am unfortunately currently not accepting Ph.D. students; I will put a notice here when this changes.