Graduate Students


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Porter Burns

Degree: BA Geography, Texas Christian University, 2021

Research interests: airline fleet inventory, route networks

Hobbies: watching sports and movies, plane spotting photography

Advisor: Dr. John Bowen

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Victoria Capell

BS Anthropology and BA Religious Studies, Central Washington University, 2021

Research interests: zooarchaeology, identification protocols, paleoanthropology

Hobbies: reading, crocheting, painting, organizing, bullet journaling

Advisor: Dr. Patrick Lubinski

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Ryan Espedal

Degree: BS Economics, Central Washington University, 2021

Research interests: spatiotemporal Statistics

Hobbies: exercising, golf, film

Advisor: Dr. Toni Sipic

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Grace McKenney

Degree: BS Environmental Science, University of Washington-Tacoma, 2019

Research interests: paleoecology, fire history records of the Olympic Peninsula

Hobbies: hiking, painting, photography, Dungeons & Dragons

Advisor: Dr. Megan Walsh

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Isaac Mitchell

Degree: BS Environmental Studies-Geology, Central Washington University, 2020

Research interests: effects of human recreation on dry land ecosystems, drone remote sensing

Hobbies: photography, PC gaming, hiking, Dungeons & Dragons, audio books

Advisor: Dr. Karl Lillquist

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Landon Shaffer

Degree: BA Biology, Pacific Lutheran University, 2013

Research interests: ecological impact of invasive species on riparian areas in Kittitas County

Hobbies: ultimate frisbee, golf, vermicomposting, gardening, and baking

Advisor: Dr. Clay Arango

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Nik Simurdak

Degree: BS Anthropology, Central Washington University, 2021

Research interests: queer theory in archaeology

Hobbies: fibre arts, casual gaming, escape board games

Advisor: Dr. Patrick McCutcheon

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Tiernan VanSuetendael

Degree: BA Anthropology and BA Theater, University of Florida, 2021

Research interests: experimental archaeology, cultural anthropology and ethnography, LGBTQ+ studies

Hobbies: indoor plants/gardening; music (lever harp), pottery/ceramics

Advisor: Dr. Hope Amason and Dr. Patrick McCutcheon

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