LCA research asks What do Humans Eat and Why? To answer this question we 1) research problems at the intersection of anthropology, human evolutionary biology and ecology, and 2) develop computational tools to address these problems.
Current lab research revolves around three interrelated topics:
- The evolutionary ecology and behavior of modern and prehistoric foragers.
- Paleoenvironmental reconstructions contextualizing behavior.
- Theoretical and methodological development of models linking archaeological data to behavior and morphology.
Research in the Laboratory for Computational Anthropology (LCA) asks “What do Humans Eat and Why?” We aim to answer this question by
1. researching and shedding light on problems at the intersection of anthropology, human evolutionary ecology and biology and,
2. developing computational and statistical tools to address these problem.
Current lab research addresses three general and interrelated areas:
1) The evolutionary ecology and behavior of modern and prehistoric foragers
2) Paleoenvironmental reconstructions contextualizing forager behavior, and
3) Theoretical and methodological development of models that link archaeological data to behavior and morphology.
Specifically, we are currently testing hypotheses about how climate, spatial and temporal variation, habitat variation, prey abundance, foraging strategies, and hunting weaponry affect the dietary composition of prehistoric and modern human small-scale populations.
Below you can find software programs which I have written (in R) to conduct methods I developed or implemented. Programs are freely available to the scientific community. These programs have been tested and debugged but I cannot gurantee that they are completely bug free. If errors are found, please contact me.
Anthropology provides an excellent forum for the initiation of lifelong learning. I therefore strive to stimulate students’ intellectual capabilities and instill enthusiasm for learning about the variation in human evolutionary behavior and and how to successfully answer scientific questions about this topic.
I currently teach several courses in Archaeology and Quantitative/Computational Anthropology. Descriptions for my primary undergraduate and graduate courses are provided below.