Kate Magargal portrait
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Anthropology Department


  • BA, Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • MS, Anthropology, University of Utah
  • PhD Student, Anthropology, University of Utah


I am a PhD student in the Anthropology Department. My current research focuses on how human economic decisions contribute to ecological disturbance regimes. Most of my work focuses on this process in the prehistory of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau and employs archaeological and paleoecological data.

I am also interested in developing curricula that utilize research as a teaching tool. I am always on the lookout for new science outreach opportunities. I am currently working on developing such opportunities at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa, a field station operated by the University of Utah near Moab.

Before starting my PhD, I earned an MS in Anthropology at UU in 2014 and a BA in Anthropology at University of Arizona, Tucson in 2004. I spent the intervening years mostly working for the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Issues in public land management heavily inform my research interests.


Archaeology, paleoecology, ethnoarchaeology, palynology, Behavioral Ecology, ecological disturbance, anthropogenic fire, science outreach and education.