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currently serve as a Professor of Anthropology at California State
University, Long Beach (CSULB). I am part of the faculty of that forms
the basis of a (virtual) Program in Archaeology and a founding member of
a multi-disciplinary institute for the study of materials, environments
and society.Â At CSULB, I teach classes in Introductory Archaeology,
World Prehistory, Eastern North American Prehistory, Artifact Analysis,
GIS, Statistics, Method and Theory, Foundations of Anthropology Field
Research Design, Geophysical Techniques, and the Scientific Study of
research focuses on the use of evolutionary theory to generate
scientific explanations about human cultural change in the
archaeological record.Â I see this focus as a critical challenge for the
social sciences and that our ability to be able to due this task vital
to our future.Â My perspective is fairly idiosyncratic to my background
but lodged in the philosophy of science and evolutionary biology.
recent studies include the development of theoretical models and the
construction of methods for studying patterns of change caused by
cultural transmission and the process of natural selection in cultural
addition, I have interests in remote sensing to efficiently and
non-destructively study the record.Â This work includes the use of
magnetometry, resistivity, conductivity, thermal imagery and ground
penetrating radar.Â My field research has taken me from the Mississippi
river valley to Easter Island to California and coastal Guatemala.
I work at CSULB, a state school located in the ethereal world of southern California. We offer BA andÂ MA degrees in AnthropologyÂ though Iâ€™ve been working on creating some more focused and useful degrees.Â The archaeology program at CSULB consists of a focused group of courses that train students within anthropology. We have a dynamite group of MA students doing work on a huge variety of topics -- most of which end up as posters at the SAA meetings and/or publications.