I take great pride and satisfaction in mentoring curious and motivated students, and strive to foster respectful, inclusive, safe, and collegial research settings. My goal as a mentor is to help student collaborators sharpen their critical mind, expand their theoretical tool box, nurture relevant and transferable skills, and pursue career paths of their choosing. Over the years, I have helped students develop research designs, explore key anthropological problems, acquire first-hand field experience, and access archaeological datasets and support networks. I am thrilled to see my mentees find their calling, develop their own projects, and make a difference in the world.


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José (BA, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, 2012) is a Peruvian archaeologist who is currently completing his Licenciatura professional degree at the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. José participated in the 2019 and 2022 field seasons of the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica Cerro San Isidro in Moro, Peru. For his thesis, he is analyzing pottery fragments from Cerro San Isidro focusing on vessel shapes and decorative styles to reconstruct past activity patterns and identities.


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Aja (BIS, LSU, 2022) is a MA student in anthropology interested in archaeology, material culture, gender, food, and museum studies. As an undergraduate, they studied anthropology, art history, and chemistry. Aja joined the MA program in August 2022 following a summer internship with LSU's Coastal Sustainability Studio.

Aja is currently developing a thesis project focusing on the South American collections housed at the LSU Museum of Art.


Haley is a Honors undergraduate student at LSU completing a BA in Anthropology, a BA in English, and a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has interests in art history, and things more generally, and is currently researching Moche iconography and plans to write her honors thesis on architecture and space.

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Madeline (BA in Anthropology, LSU, 2021) is a MA student in anthropology interested in archaeology, visual arts, museology, and material culture. She joined the MA program in August 2021 and in 2022 participated in the second season of excavations at Cerro San Isidro.

For her thesis, Madeline is currently researching the South American collections housed at the LSU Museum of Natural Science focusing on featherworks.


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Mathilde (BA in Anthropology, Tulane U, 2018) is a MA student in anthropology interested in bioarchaeology. She has field experience in Europe and Peru, and joined our graduate program in August 2021. In 2022, Mathilde participated in the second season of excavations at Cerro San Isidro.

Mathilde is currently investigating Andean archaeology and developing a thesis project focusing on the mortuary practices at Cerro San Isidro.

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Itzamara (BA in Anthropology, UCSB, 2020) is a MA anthropology student with field experience in the US and Peru. She joined our MA program in August 2021, and in January 2022 helped in founding the LSU Latinx Graduate Student Association.

Itzamara participated in the 2022 season of excavations at Cerro San Isidro and she is currently elaborating a thesis based on the excavations of the East Terrace that she helped supervise. 

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Corey (BS in Anthropology, U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016, MS in Cartography & GIS, U of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021) is an anthropology PhD student and mapping scientist with interest in Andean archaeology and the prehistory of Peru.

Corey joined our doctoral program as a Huel D. Perkins Fellow in August 2021 and in 2022 took part in the second field season at Cerro San Isidro. He is currently completing his coursework and elaborating a dissertation project.

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Amy (BA in Anthropology, Michigan State U, 2018, MA in Anthropology, Southern Mississippi U, 2020) is a PhD candidate and bioarchaeologist interested in the Maya colonial era. She specializes in long bone histology and is particularly interested in health, labor patterns, cultural hybridity, and the use of GIS to explore burial trends. Amy has field experience throughout the Midwest, Belize, and Southeast and is particularly interested in cultural heritage preservation and public education.

Amy is currently in the third year of her doctoral program at LSU researching bone histology at the archaeological site of Tipu in Belize. In March 2022, she presented results of her research at the 49th Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, for which she currently serves as Junior Co-Chair of the PPA Student Group.

Amy completed her general exams in September 2022 and is now set to write to her dissertation.


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Chris (BA in Anthropology, SUNY 2015, MA in Anthropology, Illinois State U, 2017) is a PhD candidate and bioarchaeologist with interests in paleopathology, diet, health, violence, and skeletal biology. He joined our program in August 2018 as a Huel D. Perkins Fellow. In 2019 Chris participated in the first season of excavations at Cerro San Isidro.

Chris passed his general exams in September 2020 and is currently completing a dissertation tracking paleopathologies through time and space in ancient North America as seen in nonspecific stress markers. He presented preliminary results of his doctoral research at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held in Chicago from March 30 to April 3, 2022.


Cecil completed his undergraduate years at LSU studying anthropology, art history, and languages. He graduated in 2022 with a BA in Anthropology, a Bachelor in Interdisplicinary Studies, and a Distinguished Communicator Certificate offered by the Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) initiative.

Victoria completed her undergraduate studies in anthropology in December 2021. While at LSU, she developed an expertise in archaeology, remote sensing, and mapping science. She has worked on digitizing field drawings of ceramic objects from Cerro San Isidro in Peru and has become a versatile illustrator. In the field, Victoria interned as an archaeologist at the Kisatchie National Forest in northern Louisiana, as well as participated in various field expeditions in the US with LSU geomorphologist and G+A faculty Kory Konsoer.

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Monica (BA in Anthropology, U of Pennsylvania, 2015) is an anthropological archaeologist with interests in visual arts, zooarchaeology, museum studies, gender, cultural heritage, and science education. She participated in the 2019 season of the Cerro San Isidro project and reported the preliminary zooarchaeological results both in her thesis on "What the Shell? The Zooarchaeology of Cerro San Isidro, Peru" and at the 86th Annual Meeting of the SAA online. Monica has also contributed to the edited volume "Pre-Columbian Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador: Toward an Integrated Approach" (C. McEwan and J. Hoopes (eds), Dumbarton Oaks + Harvard U Press, 2021) based on research at the Penn Museum.

Monica is currently adapting results of her MA thesis into publications as well as pursuing a career as a professional writer.

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Elizabeth (BA in Archaeology, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2008, Licenciatura in Archaeology, 2011, MS in Archaeology and Certificate in Museum Studies, U of Memphis, 2016) is a Peruvian archaeologist and cultural heritage specialist studying the development of complex societies in the Central Andes. She is interested in the entanglements between material culture, cultural heritage preservation, and community outreach. At LSU, Elizabeth wrote a dissertation on the "The Ancient Occupation of Nivín, Casma, Peru: Co-Creating Heritage in Andean Archaeology." She was awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Graduate School (2020-2021) and her dissertation won the Josephine A. Roberts LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award (social sciences and humanities category). Elizabeth presented her research at multiple academic conferences and invited talks, and received several internal and external grants. She served as a Faculty Liaison of the Geography and Anthropology Society, as a Treasurer of Lambda Alpha Honors Society, and organized World Anthropology Day. Elizabeth's work has so far been published in The SAA Archaeological Record, SAA Advances in Archaeological Practice, and several of edited volumes.

Elizabeth is currently instructing anthropology and geography classes at SUNY Oneonta and BRCC, as well as adapting the results of her doctoral research into a series of publications.

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Jacob is a geoarchaeologist and paleoclimatologist specializing in human-environmental relations, especially the geochemistry of marine bivalves. Before joining our graduate program, Jacob completed a BA in Anthropology at LSU. In 2010, he participated in the archaeology fieldschool at Caylán where he gained first-hand experience in excavation techniques and developed a passion for Andean prehistory. He went on to complete a MA thesis analyzing “Production, Discard, and Urban Life at the Early Horizon Center of Caylán, Coastal Peru,” and a PhD dissertation "Reconstructing the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in Northern Peru: Perspectives from Donax Obesulus Geochemistry and Archaeomalacology." His dissertation work was realized under the dual supervision of myself and paleoclimatologist and G+A faculty Kristine DeLong.

Jacob presented his work at several conferences over the years including the AGU, AAG, SAA, and AAA meetings. In 2019, he won the Society for American Archaeology’s Douglas C. Kellogg Fellowship for Geoarchaeological Research. Jacob has published his research in the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology and Chemical Geology.

Following graduation, Jacob was hired as a postdoctoral researcher in the Schubert Lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He subsequently secured a tenure-track position at SUNY Oneonta, where he is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability.

Kaitlyn (BA in Anthropology, BA in Spanish, BA in International Studies, U of North Carolina-Wilmington, 2018) joined our program in 2019 and graduated in 2021. Her MA research focused on “Ancient Pottery Making at Cerro San Isidro, Nepeña Valley, Peru” and offered a morphometric and stylistic analysis of ceramic fragments over time.

Kaitlyn is currently Senior Archaeologist and the Oahu Island Manager for Scientific Consultant Services, an archaeological consulting firm based in Hawaii.

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Audrey (BA in Anthropology, BA in History, U of Alabama, 2018) joined our team at Cerro San Isidro in 2019 as field and laboratory assistant. For her MA thesis, defended in February 2020, Audrey followed her interests in mortuary archaeology and children, and researched “Moche Juvenile Burial Patterns” based on published and gray literature.

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Olivia is an archaeologist with interests in material culture, visual arts, gender, digitizing methods, and the Middle Ages.  As an undergraduate student in anthropology and art history at LSU, she worked on creating 3D models and reconstructions of architectural settings based on spatial data recovered at Caylán. Following her graduation from LSU in 2019, she went on to complete a MA in Archaeology at Newcastle University in the UK researching "Heirlooms and Amulets: The Social Significance of Bracteates in Early Anglo-Saxon England" under the supervision of Dr. James Gerrard.

Olivia worked as an assistant project manager II for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates and as of Fall 2022 is returning to Newcastle to pursue a doctorate and further explore her passion for Medieval archaeology.

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While completing her undergraduate degree in anthropology and international studies at LSU, Ashleigh trained in SketchUp Pro and worked on a series of 3D architectural reconstructions. She enrolled in the Honors thesis option, researched ancient Andean architecture, and wrote on "The Social Logic of Space in Early Horizon Peru: 3D Reconstructions of Residential Compounds at Caylán, Nepeña Valley." After graduating from LSU, Ashleigh went on to pursue a Master of Education at the University of West Florida where she graduated in 2021.

Following her graduation in 2021, Ashleigh worked as International Coordinator for Northeastern University. In August 2022 she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Public Health Analyst. 

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Sally completed her BA in Anthropology at LSU in 2018. In addition to taking several archaeology classes, she familiarized herself with 3D modeling and SketchUp Pro, and worked on series of architectural reconstructions and animations using pedestrian field data and drawings from Caylán in Peru.

Upon graduating, Sally was hired as an archaeologist by SURA and has recently moved into a new position with SWCA at their Baton Rouge office.

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Kimberly (BA in Anthropology, BA in Religious Studies, Florida State U, 2007, MS in GIS, Florida State U, 2009) is an archaeologist and mapping scientist who joined the LSU doctoral program in 2012 as a Huel D. Perkins Fellow. Building on her extensive field experience in the Peruvian Andes, Kimberly initiated an excavation project at the Cosma complex in the remote Cáceres District of the upper Nepeña Valley in the Cordillera Negra. With the financial support of the NSF, the National Geography Society, the Brennan Foundation, and the American Philophiscal Foundation, Kimberly's dissertation examined “Landscapes of Persistence and Ritual Architecture at the Cosma Complex, Upper Nepeña Valley, Peru.” Her dissertation was finalist for the LSU Alumni Association 2018 Distinguished Dissertation Award (social sciences and humanities category). Her work demonstrated the significance of Cosma’s initial founding as a major religious center from the Late Preceramic Period to today. Kimberly presented her findings at several conferences notably at the annual meetings of the SAA. She has so far published results of her doctoral work in the Actas del Congreso Nacional de Arqueología.

Kimberly is currently lecturer in anthropology and faculty professional development lead at Otero College in La Junta, Colorado.


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Kenny (BA in Anthropology, BS in Physics, LSU, 2015) completed a MA thesis researching feasting practices and ceramic assemblages at Huambacho, Samanco, and Caylán in the lower Nepeña Valley, Peru. His work explored the distribution of the material remains of ceramic vessels and their potential usage in different functional and discard contexts at various locations. Kenny's thesis investigated “Pots, Pans, and Politics: Feasting in Early Horizon Nepeña, Peru.” He presented his research the 83rd Annual Meeting of the SAA in Washington, DC in 2018 as well as published an article in Ñawpa Pacha. Kenny also published in ABD (Artifacts, Bones, Discourse) Journal on foodways and foodstuffs related to death in cultures worldwide, and how archaeologists and anthropologists might identify foods for the dead at burial sites and other death-related contexts.

Kenny joined our doctoral program in 2017 and was researching ceramic assemblages, macrofloral and macrofaunal ecofacts, and broader-scale environmental changes and settlement patterns – when the COVID-19 pandemic interfered.  He is currently instructing courses in the Department of Geography & Anthropology at LSU.

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Shelly (BA in Spanish, Auburn U, 2012) is an archaeologist specializing in 3D imaging, GIS, and ceramic analysis. She joined our MA program in Anthropology in August 2014 and graduated in 2016. As part of her thesis work, Shelly traveled to the Sechin Museum in Casma, Peru, to analyze pottery fragments from the 2009 and 2010 excavations at Caylán. Shelly's thesis describes “Ceramic Technology, Production, and Exchange as Seen Through Macroscopic Analysis of Pottery Fragments from the Early Horizon Center Caylán, Nepeña Valley, Peru” and results of her work have been presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the SAA in Orlando in 2016.

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Jenna (BA in Archaeology, U of Calgary, 2008) completed her MA thesis on “Mortuary Practices and Social Identity at the Late Middle Sicán Matrix 101, Lambayeque Valley, Peru.” Her thesis examined the social identity of 172 sacrificed individuals from a mass grave in the Sicán Religious Precinct. Frequencies of skeletal pathologies, compared to a database of Sicán elites and Muchik commoners led her to discern the sacrificed individuals had a higher social status. In 2014, we collaborated in the survey and mapping of looted burial contexts at Caylán. The results of that research were presented at the 5th Meeting of the Southeast Society for Amazonian and Andean Studies in Jackson in 2015. She subsequently started a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Alabama investigating Casma-Chimú relations (~1100-1400 CE) based on excavations at the site of Pan de Azúcar in the Nepeña Valley.

Jenna is currently writing her dissertation at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.



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Ashley (BA in English, Wake Forest U, 2012) started the MA program in Anthropology in 2013 and graduated in 2015. In 2014, she participated in the detailed mapping and spatial analysis of Caylán's stone buildings. Ashley used the architectural and spatial data to write a thesis on “Early Horizon Community Organization and Neighborhoods as Seen Through the Spatial Analysis of Residential Architecture at the Urban Center of Caylán, Peru.” She presented results of her work at the 80th Annual Meeting of the SAA in San Francisco and the 4th Meeting of the Society for Amazonian and Andean Studies in Baton Rouge in 2015, and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the SAA in Vancouver in 2017. Her thesis work was adapted into a publication for the Archaeological Papers of the AAA.

Ashley is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Pool.

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Steve Treloar (BA in Anthropology, Kansas State U, 2012) joined our survey team in Peru in 2013. That season, we mapped defensive systems in the lower Nepeña Valley as part of Steve's MA research on warfare during the first millennium BCE. Steve utilized handheld GPS units and GIS viewshed analyses to map fortifications and defensive structures at Caylán, Samanco, and Huambacho. His thesis unpacked “Early Horizon Defensive Structures and the Role of Warfare in the Lower Nepeña Valley, Peru.” Results of his research have been presented at several conferences including the 79th Annual Meeting of the SAA in Austin in 2014 and the 81st Annual Meeting of the SAA in Orlando in 2016.

Steve is currently senior archaeologist for the environmental consultancy firm ERM where he leads CRM projects in the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors across the SE US.

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Caitlyn (BA in Anthropology, Texas State U, San Marcos, 2010) is a GIS specialist and archaeologist who completed her MA thesis in Andean archaeology in 2013. For her thesis research, Caitlyn traveled to Peru where she collected data on irrigation practices, water management, and the ancient occupation of Nepeña. Caitlyn's thesis explored “Emergent Irrigation Agriculture and Settlement Patterns in the Lower Nepeña Valley, North-Central Coast of Peru” and results of her research were incorporated in an article published in Americae .

Caitlyn currently works as an implementation manager for the real-time GIS company Sedaru.

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Jessica joined our field team at Caylán as a field assistant. Based on excavations in 2009 and 2010, she completed her undergraduate thesis entitled "Excavaciones en el Conjunto E de Caylán, valle de Nepeña: espacio residencial de élite del Formativo Tardío y Final" under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Vega-Centeno at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima. Her work explored activity patterns and residential life at one of Caylán's many residential compounds. Results of her research were included in a co-authored chapter for Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru edited by I. Johnson, D. Pacifico & R. Cutright (UPress Colorado, 2021).

Jessica currently works as an archaeologist for the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in Lima.

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Kyle (BA in Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois U,  2008) is a archaeobotanist who joined the Caylán team as field assistant in 2009. In 2011, Kyle started the MA program in anthropology at LSU focusing on the analysis of soil samples recovered during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2013, Kyle presented his thesis work at several conferences including the 78th Annual Meeting of the SAA in Honolulu and the 112th Annual Meeting of the AAA in Chicago, and results of his analyses were published in Andean Past.

Kyle is currently teaching at Heartland Alliance in Chicago.

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Beverly (BA in Anthropology, California State Polytechnic U-Pomona, 2008) joined the graduate program at LSU in 2010. In 2012, she completed a thesis exploring “Late Formative Plant Use and Diet at Caylán (Peru) as Seen Through the Analysis of Macrobotanical Remains and Human Feces.” Beverly's MA research was featured in articles published in Americae and Andean Past. Following graduation, Beverly worked as a collections manager at Chatsworth Plantation located in  Baton Rouge and later served as a collections and data manager for the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands program located at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

Beverly moved to Oregon in 2018 and currently works as an archaeology technician with the USFS Sisters Ranger District.

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Emily (BA in Anthropology, UBC, 2009) joined our field crew at Caylán in 2010 as a bioarchaeologist and field/lab assistant. While in Nepeña, she analyzed skeletal remains from Moche phase grave contexts from the site of Huambacho excavated in 2004. Emily used the results of the skeletal analyses to write her MA thesis on"Demography, paleopathology, and health status of the Moche remains in Huambacho, Peru: a comprehensive osteological analysis" under the supervision of forensic anthropologist and G+A faculty Mary Manhein.

Emily is currently director of research and strategy at Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara, California.

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Matt graduated with a BA in Anthropology from LSU before joining our team in Peru in 2009. While in the MA program between 2009 and 2011, he participated in excavations at Caylán and collected data from one of the plazas for his thesis “Social Life and Ancient Andean Public Landscapes: Actions and Performances as Seen Through the Use of a First Millennium BCE Plaza at Caylán, Peru.” Results of Matt's MA research were published in Ñawpa Pacha and Antiquity. Matt later pursued a doctorate at the University of East Anglia where he graduated in 2015 under the mentorship of Dr. George Lau. His dissertation explored the ancient seaside life at Samanco and results of his PhD research have been published in the Journal of Field Archaeology, the Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers, and Contributions in New World Archaeology.

Matt is currently the Acting Heritage Program Manager for the Kisatchie National Forest in Pineville, Louisiana. He is also adjunct assistant professor in LSU's G+A department.