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I study how the human-animal relationship interacts with environments across time and space. The broad spectrum revolution, the ways in which human colonization events (especially human colonization of Europe and the post-Columbian European colonization of the Americas) impact human-animal and human-environment interactions, and the role of the human-animal relationship in facilitating global and near-global distributions of particular types of animals (especially cats, dogs, horses, and honeybees) are just a few of the topics I work on.

I am Professor and Regents' Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. In this role I (among other things) teach archaeology classes; direct the Public Archaeology Master's program; and supervise graduate and undergraduate students in the Zooarchaeology Laboratory.

To learn more about my work, take a look at my curriculum vitae.


What does the zooarchaeology of the Southwest have to do with The Tale of Peter Rabbit? Our new publication in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports explores this and other bunny-related questions!

Our recent collaborative paper on horses and people in the early historic American West is now out in Science! Read more about it here.

Questioning Rebound is also now out in the world. Read more about this project here.


The UNM Zooarchaeology Lab contains a reference collection of comparative skeletal material (largely mammalian and avian taxa common in New Mexico and the greater US Southwest) as well as a small reference library, two 3D scanners, microscopes, and other analytical equipment.

The lab is open on a limited basis to visiting researchers. To arrange a visit, contact me!


Alum job news: Dr. Milena Carvalho  has joined the research team at ICArEHB, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.  

Meanwhile, Dr. Asia Alsgaard is now a postdoctoral researcher at  SapienCE (University of Bergen, Norway). Check out her TikTok to learn more about her current projects!


Information about my work (including how to contact me) can be found here. You can also find me on Academia, on Google Scholar, on ORCID, on ResearchGate, and (more rarely) on Twitter.