Graduate Teaching Assistant

About

  • Office Hours:

    Wednesday 2-5PM
  • Role:

    Student
  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Concentration:

    • Biological Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Southern Connecticut State University: Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
    • The George Washington University: Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Curriculum Vitae:

Biography

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology: Southern Connecticut State University (2009-2012)

I received his B.S. in Anthropology with concentrations in both Biological Anthropology and Archaeology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012. Advised by Michael J. Rogers, my undergraduate honors thesis project focused on understanding Oldowan stone tool manufacture from the Paleoanthropological site of Gona, in the Afar region of Ethiopia. For that project I employed actualistic knapping experiments on a variety of tool stone raw materials to identify mechanical property characteristics that drove hominin selection of stones at the  2.6 million years old archaeological site of OGS-7.

Master of Arts in Anthropology: The George Washington University (2012-2015)

I received my M.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington University where my research focused on chimpanzee tool use. Specifically, my research was curtailed to chimpanzee nut cracking behavior and use of composite tools, social learning among juveniles, and how patterns of learned, shared behavior are passed down from generation to generation.

PhD. in Anthropology: Colorado State University (2018-Present)

Currently I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Colorado State University. As a paleoanthropologist, and under the supervision of my advisor, Dr. Michael C. Pante, my dissertation research focuses on understanding how the earliest members of the genus Homo  interacted with their sub-basin scale paleolandscapes and how these ancestors used their landscape to extract resources in order to survive. My research questions focus specifically on identifying patterns of Oldowan hominin land-use in the paleo lake basin at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). To reconstruct hominin land-use behavior, I focus on patterns of stone tool discard as a function of ecological properties like carnivore competition, vegetation structure, and the physical geography of the paleo lake basin. By identifying ranges of variation in stone tool discard, vegetation structure, competitive landscapes, and distance from sites to resources like the lake margin, and raw material outcrops for stone tool manufacture, researchers can begin to ask questions grounded in community and landscape ecological theory about how our ancestors navigated a highly competitive environment filled with a variety of positive and negative affordances.

Research Interests:

Paleolithic Archaeology, zooarchaeology, Taphonomy, GIS, Spatial Analysis, Community Ecology, Landscape Ecology

Publications

Briana L. Pobiner, Charles P. Higson, Kris Kovarovic, R. S. Kaplan, Jacklyn Rogers, & William Schindler. “Experimental Butchery Study Investigating the Influence of Timing of Access and Butcher Experience on Cut Mark Variables”. 2018