Chris Fisher is a professor of anthropology at Colorado State University. He received his doctorate and MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. His work appears in edited volumes, including a co-edited book on intensification, Seeking a Richer Harvest: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change published by Plenum, The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience, and journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Anthropologist. He has conducted fieldwork in several areas of the United States, Mexico, Portugal, and Albania. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the Heinz Foundation, and other agencies. In 2007 Fisher received the Gordon R. Willey Award from the American Anthropological Association.
Stephen J. Leisz, PhD, Geographer, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
Steve Leisz is an assistant professor of anthropology and geography at Colorado State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, his MSc from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. His work appears in journals such as Regional Environmental Change, Agricultural Systems, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Mountain Research and Development, and Danish Journal of Geography, in addition to book chapters and technical reports. Steve’s research has focused on the human dimensions of land use / land cover changes in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia and on the use of spatial information tools (GIS, remote sensing, and GPS) to better understand the complexities of these changes. He has conducted research in northern Vietnam, Laos, the Islands of Flores and Sumba in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Melanesia.
Florencia Pezzutti, MA, Doctoral Student, Colorado State University (seasons 2009-present)
Florencia Pezzutti is pursuing her interdisciplinary PhD in Ecology with a focus on Archaeology from Colorado State University in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. She received her MA from Colorado State University and her BA from Kent State University. She is a native Argentinean and prior to studying in the U.S she attended the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) for two years in the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras. Her interests include: Mesoamerican states and empires, agricultural landscapes, agricultural intensification, maguey cultivation, GIS, and human-environmental interactions. She has been working in Mexico since 2006. Her MA research focused on agricultural terraces in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin.
Anna Cohen, MA, Doctoral Student, University of Washington (seasons 2009-present)
Anna Cohen is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Washington. She received MA degrees from the UW and the University of Chicago, and her BA from McGill University. Her dissertation research uses ceramic artifacts to assess the impacts of the Purépecha Empire on people living at Angamuco. Broader research interests include political authority, consumption, comparative urbanism, and the politics and ethics of archaeology and the sciences. Various stages of her doctoral research are supported by the National Science Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, the Burke Museum, and the Department of Anthropology at UW. Anna has also worked in various parts of the U.S., Albania, France, and India.
Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius, MA, Doctoral Student, University of Washington (seasons 2011-present)
Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Washington. He received his BA from the Universidad Veracruzana and MA degrees in Conservation and Anthropology from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and the UW. His research interests include community archaeology, heritage and the ethics of archaeological practice. Rodrigo has worked on archaeological projects in the southern U.S., Western Europe and the Mexican states of Jalisco, Yucatan and Veracruz. He is currently an International Fulbright Fellow and holds a CONACYT grant from the Mexican Science and Technology Consejo.
Kyle Urquhart, BA, MA Student, Colorado State University (2013, 2014 seasons)
Kyle Ryan Urquhart is an MA student at Colorado State University. He received his BA from the University of Colorado where his thesis focused on ceramics from a Middle Formative period site in coastal Oaxaca. His research applies GIS and LiDAR data to better understand neighborhood-level political organization at Angamuco.
Cinthya Cardenas, BA, MA Student, UADY (2013, 2014 seasons)
Cinthya Cardenas is a Master’s student in Anthropological Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida, and she received her BA in Archaeology from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. She is a trained bioarchaeologist and her thesis research examines biocultural comparisons among Prehispanic populations living in the Sayula Basin, Jalisco. Cinthya has been working on the ceramic and bioarchaeological collections from the Sayula Basin (especially the La Peña site) since 2006.
Claire Wilbert, MA, Field Lab Manager (2014 season)
Claire Wilbert is the LORE-LPB Field Lab Manager for the 2014 season. She received her MS in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder and her BA in Anthropology from Scripps College. She has extensive curatorial and database management experience on archaeological collections at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, the Williamson Museum in Georgetown, TX, and the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.
Corrie Ahrens, MA, Colorado State University (2010, 2011, 2013 seasons)
Corrie Ahrens was a project member for two years and served as our Field Lab Manager during the 2013 season. Her recent MA in Anthropology at Colorado State University focuses on the spatial layout and function of circular features at Angamuco. She received her BA from Washington State University where she studied Pacific Northwest archaeology. Broader research interests include subsistence practices, storage space and ceremonial activities associated with temezcals (sweat baths).
Lupita Zetina, MA, Doctoral Student, UNAM/INAH-Veracruz (2011, 2013 seasons)
Lupita Zetina es estudiante de Doctorado en Antropología de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras y el Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Sus principales líneas de investigación son arqueología demográfica/paleodemografía; relación población-ambiente; análisis regionales de patrones de asentamiento y difusión de la protección y conservación del patrimonio arqueológico. Recibió su Maestría en Ecología Humana por el Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional y su licenciatura en Ciencias Antropológicas por la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. Ha participado en múltiples proyectos de investigación arqueológica y etnográfica durante doce años de experiencia en gran parte del área Maya (Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas y sur de Veracruz).
Karine Lefebvre, PhD, Université de Paris I (2013 season)
Karine Lefebvre recently completed her PhD, “Settlement Patterns in the Acámbaro Region from the Late Postclassic to the 16th Century,” at the Université de Paris I. For the past eight years, she has used ethnohistoric sources, historic texts, and archaeological materials to examine political, economic, and religious changes during the Postclassic to Early Hispanic periods in the Acámbaro region (Guanajuato-Michoacán). Karine has also collaborated on the Chupícuaro project and worked at archaeological sites in the Zacapu Basin, Michoacán, and at various medieval and Roman sites in France.
Andrea Torvinen, MA, Doctoral Student, Arizona State University (2010, 2011 seasons)
Andrea Torvinen is currently a PhD student in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. She received her MA in Anthropology from Arizona State University and BA degrees in Anthropology and Geology from Albion College. Her research interests include Mesoamerican complex societies, ceramic petrography, exchange networks, and GIS. Her dissertation research is focused in the Zacatecas region of Mexico, and she has participated on field projects in Arizona and Illinois.
Marion Forest, MA, Doctoral Student, University of Paris 1 (2010, 2011 seasons)
Marion Forest is a PhD candidate at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne/French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). For her dissertation, she is examining the relationship between space and society at the urban proto-Tarascan Malpaís Prieto site in Zacapu, Michoacán. Marion was Resident Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos (CEMCA) in Mexico City between 2010 and 2012, and is Co-Director of the Uacúsecha Project in Zacapu. In Spring 2011, she was a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University where she was a part of the interdisciplinary project, “Urban Organization through the Ages: Neighborhoods and Open Space.”
Lydie Dussol, MA, PhD Student, University of Paris 1 (2011 season)
Lydie Dussol is a PhD student in Archaeology at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research examines paleoenvironmental conditions at the Maya site of Rio Bec, Yucatán. Lydie enjoys paleoethnobotany, ethnomedicine and archaeological method and theory, and she has excavated at Constantine (Bouches-du-Rhône, France) for several field seasons.
Jason Bush, MA, Colorado State University (2009, 2010 seasons)
Jason Bush received his MA in Anthropology from Colorado State University in 2011 and is currently a Forensic Archaeologist at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) based in Honolulu, HI. His MA thesis focused on the spatial distribution of plaza groups using remote sensing data at Angamuco. Research interests include long term socio-ecological change, Mesoamerican architecture, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and 3D modeling. Previous to his work in Mexico, Jason participated on field projects in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, Colorado, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
Alejandro Uriarte-Torres, MA, El Colegio de Michoacan/INAH-DF (2010 season)
Es estudiante del programa de maestría en arqueología de El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C. Estudió la Licenciatura en Ciencias Antropológicas en la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (Mérida). Sus áreas de interés son los patrones de asentamiento y la arqueología espacial, SIG, la economía política, los sistemas de organización sociopolítica, los orígenes de la complejidad social en Mesoamérica, la arqueología doméstica y los sistemas de caminos prehispánicos. Ha realizado trabajo de campo arqueológico Dzibilchaltún y diversos sitios del norte de Yucatán desde 1998, e investigación etnográfica en Campeche, México. Actualmente se encuentra desarrollando una tesis sobre la organización sociopolítica en el norte de Yucatán durante el Formativo.
Francois Dengah, PhD, University of Alabama (2009 season)
Francois Dengah received his PhD in Medical Anthropology in 2013 from the University of Alabama. He received his MA and BA from Colorado State University, where he focused on religion and mental health. Francois is a medical anthropologist who focuses on religious movements in Brazil, but he is also interested in spatial analysis, social statistics and archaeological survey methodology. He has participated on field projects in Mexico, Albania, France, and various parts of the U.S.