Ryan Baker expects to receive his Master’s degree in Archaeological Studies in December 2018. His thesis will investigate the functional differences between portable ground stone and bedrock ground stone at Trinchera Cave in Southeastern Colorado. By doing this, it may help to determine if there was a point at which hunter-gatherers abandoned portable ground stone for more permanent features or if they were using them in conjunction with one another.
Amy Gillaspie expects to complete her Masters Degree in Spring 2019 as a student of Mesoamerican Archaeology, focusing work in the Belize River Valley. Her areas of interest are in the Late Classic Maya transition, Maya ancestor veneration practices, and terminal deposit rituals. Her research currently includes an iconographic study of Late Classic figurines from the Belize River Valley. She also works as an intern with Denver Museum of Nature and Science at the early ceramic Plains Woodlands site of Magic Mountain in Golden, Colorado."
The program's focus of applied anthropology and advocacy is why I am here. I want to work with Latino migrant populations and public health institutions to do more in depth research on the social determinants of health in order to make policy changes for equitable health care access and lifestyles in our Denver communities.
Hannah researches early human subsistence strategies, mobility, and taphonomy, with an emphasis on late Pleistocene humans. Her thesis uses faunal material to understand changes in human subsistence strategies during the upheaval between glacial and interglacial periods in South Africa. Additionally, she is conducting experiments on ostrich eggshell to create taphonomic parameters for archaeological material, which will enable archaeologists to differentiate between human and non-human marks on the shell. She administers the blog Post Cards from an Archaeologist, which describes life and research in the field.
Lucia Terpak was awarded the "2018 SRF Source Award" from the Source Research Foundation for her novel research on ibogaine and addiction. Lucia presented at the 2017 Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings on explanatory models and barriers to care experienced by low-income Type II diabetes patients. She works as a research associate and evaluator for the Community Partnerships project at The Colorado Trust and as a TA for a health policy class. Lucia is interested in Critical Race Studies, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse & Addiction, Mental Illness, Public/Applied Anthropology, and Collaborative Research Methodologies.
Drake studies health equity among migrant populations. She is interested in the interplay of globalization and so-called "lifestyle illnesses." These illnesses, inadequately blamed on lifestyle, are epidemic among nations in the "developing" world, ignoring the socio-political factors that influence the spread of disease. Drake's research has followed Latino as well as Polynesians populations. In the spring of 2019, she will be conducting fieldwork in the US Virgin Islands, investigating the impacts of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on concepts of citizenship among residents.
Ellie Gustafson is a Biological Anthropology student who expects to earn her Master’s degree in 2020. She is interested in paleoanthropology and comparative anatomy. She is hoping to use geometric morphometrics to study the basicranium and how it relates to bipedalism. She is also hoping to get a certificate in GIS.