Graduate Teaching Assistant


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Concentration:

    • Archaeology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • MA in Anthropology, University of Louisville
    • BA in Anthropology, University of Louisville
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I am a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Colorado State University studying landscape archaeology. My research focuses on landscape modification, land use, and human-environment interactions in pre-Columbian Amazonia and Middle Paleolithic Portugal. In Brazil, I am interested in pre-Columbian landscape modification and the built environment in Amazonia and documenting and analyzing land use intensification and early forms of urbanism in tropical environments. In Portugal, I analyze occupational patterns of Neanderthals and modern humans at the Middle Paleolithic cave site Lapa do Picareiro to understand how caves were used during the Paleolithic.


Haws, Jonathan A., Michael M. Benedetti, Sahra Talamo, Nuno Bicho, João Cascalheira, M. Grace Ellis, Milena M. Carvalho, Lukas Friedl, Telmo Pereira, and Brandon K. Zinsious. 2020. “The early Aurignacian dispersal of modern humans into westernmost Eurasia.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117 (41).

Haws, Jonathan, Michael Benedetti, Milena Carvalho, Grace Ellis, Telmo Pereira, João Cascalheira, Nuno Bicho, Lukas Friedl. 2020. “Human adaptive responses to climate and environmental change during the Gravettian of Lapa do Picareiro (Portugal).” Quaternary International, August.

Ellis, Grace. 2020. “Cultural Forests of Amazonia: A Historical Ecological Analysis of Forest Management in Amazonia.” Furthering Perspectives, 9.

Haws, J. A., M. M. Benedetti, J. M. Cascalheira, N. F. Bicho, M. C. Carvalho, B. K. Zinsious, M. G. Ellis and L. Friedl. 2019. “Human occupation during the Late Pleniglacial at Lapa do Picareiro (Portugal).” In Human Adaptations to the Last Glacial Maximum: the Solutrean and its Neighbors, edited by Isabell Schmidt, João Cascalheira, Nuno Bicho and Gerd-Christian Weniger. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Kolarik, N., M. G. Ellis, A. E. Gaughan and F. R. Stevens. 2019. “Seasonal Differences in Tree Crown Delineation Using Multispectral UAS Data and Structure from Motion.” Remote Sensing Letters, 10 (9).