Jeff Bryant

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Anthropology, California State University - Chico, 2013
B.A. Anthropology, Humboldt State University, 2010

Contact:
jeffbryantarch@gmail.com

Research Interests:
Geoarchaeology, Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction, Soils and Sediments, XRF, Paleobotany, Ethnobotany, Pollen, Fungal Spores, Ecological Resilience, Inequality, Agriculture, Grazing, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Ethnopedology, Zooarchaeology, Otolths, Trade Networks, Visual Anthropology.

Area of Study / Field site:
Mesoamerica

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Robert Rosenswig; Archaeology

CV Link
Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile

I'm interested in the use of geoarchaeology to explore the dialectical relationships between people, and their ecosystems over time. My fieldwork experience spans 7 countries, from the Steppes of Mongolia, to the neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. For my PhD dissertation research, I'm focusing upon the the introduction of grazing animals in colonial Mesoamerica using a combination of proxies, including sediment, pollen, micro-charcoal, and fungal spores associated with herbivore feces. An important component of my work is the utilization of remote sensing and geographic information systems to answer spatial questions. Apart from my dissertation, I'm studying fish otolith thin-sections to examine seasonality, and source estuaries from the post-classic fish trade at the Post-Classic Maya site of Mayapan.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching assistant, State University of New York at Albany, 2015-present.
-Two sections Inca Aztec Maya.
-Two lab sections of Introduction to archaeology.
-Two lab sections of Human Evolution.
Senior Teaching Staff Humboldt State University Belize Archaeology Field School, 2012, Teaching Assistant and soil survey crew chief for Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon.
Teaching Staff Humboldt State University, Belize Archaeology Field School 2011, Staff Teaching Assistant and excavation crew chief for Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon.
Teaching Assistant, Humboldt State University, 2010. Archaeology of the Northwest.

RESEARCH AND FIELD EXPERIENCE
-Geoarchaologist, in support of Tim Beach and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach on Geoarchaeological survey and sediment coring in northwestern Belize. Summer 2016.
-Tree Ecology survey for Dr. Nicholas Brokaw, Belize, Summer 2016.
-Paleoecology Intern, New York State Museum. Spring 2016 to present.
-Student Associate at the Institute of Mesoamerican Studies. 2014- present.
-Field Director, Foundations of Agriculture at Mayapan. Summer 2015.
-Soils specialist and excavation group leader, Cerro Jazmín Archaeological Project. Spring 2015.
-Sally Casanova PreDoc Internship for Dr. Ian Hodder, Stanford University, Çatalhöyük. 4/14-8/14
-California State University Graduate Equity Fellowship 1/13-12/13.
-Curation Internship, Bureau of Land Management, DC. 12/2011 to 12/2012
-Research Assistant, Cultural Resources Facility, 9/09 to the 8/11.
-GIS geodatabase designer, Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Settlement Survey Project. 2010.
-GIS internship, Bureau of Land Management, Northwest Digital Heritage Project, 2010.
-Field school student, Khanuy Valley Archaeology Project, Mongolia, University of Pittsburgh, 2010.
-Costa Rican Primate Field Program at Le Selva Biological Research Station, Costa Rica, Humboldt State University, Dr. Mary Glen 2009

AWARDS AND GRANTS
-2016, Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grant.
-2016, Mamont Scholar Designation. Mamont Foundation.
-2015, Christopher DeCormier Award. Institute for Mesoamerican Studies.
-2015, California Doctoral Incentive Program. California State University Chancellor's Office.
-2013-14, Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. California State University Chancellor's Office.
-2013, Graduate Equity Fellow, California State University Chico.
-2010, Presidential Scholar, Humboldt State University.
-2009, Presidential Scholar, Humboldt State University.
-2005, ACTF American College Theatre Festival Leadership Award
-2003, Gary Flores Memorial Scolarship. Stage 1. Newark California.
-2003, nea Sue Anne Big Crow Memorial Award. For works in human and civil rights.
-2003, PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays certificate of appreciation.
-1999, California Parks and Recreation Society Volunteer of the year award For outstanding work with Milpitas Alliance for the Arts.

PUBLICATIONS

 

-2013 The Deaccession of Problematic Artifacts from CA-But-261. On file at the California State University Chico Archaeology Conservation Laboratory.
-2013 Soils. Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Archaeology Project 2012 Field Report, Programme for Belize Archaeology Project, edited by Sarah Boudreaux and Marisol Cortes- Rincon. Institute for Belize Archaeology.
-2013 Soils. Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Archaeology Project 2012 Field Report, Programme for Belize Archaeology Project, edited by Sarah Boudreaux and Marisol Cortes- Rincon. University of Austin Press.
-2016 (expected) Spatial Visualization: Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Settlement Project, edited volume, University of Colorado Press. Peer Reviewed.
-2016(expected) Marisol Cortes-Ricon, Jeff Bryant, Spatial Visualization: DosHombres to Gran Cacao, Settlement Project,, edited volume, Published University of Colorado Press. Peer Reviewed.
-2011 Soils- Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Archaeology Project 2011 Field Report, Programme for Belize Archaeology Project, edited by Sarah Boudreaux and Marisol Cortes- Rincon. University of Austin Press.