LISBETH A. LOUDERBACK portrait
  • Curator of Archaeology, Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department

Research Summary

I bring a strong interdisciplinary background to archaeology with my technical expertise in archaeobotany and paleoecology. Micro- and macrobotanical materials provide biological clues to past climates and local resources that help define human subsistence patterns and how they fluctuated through time. This allows me to explore how people coped with environmental change during the Holocene in western North America, with a particular focus on the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology Department, University of Washington. Project: The Ecology of Human Diets during the Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah
  • M.A. , Anthropology Department, University of Washington
  • M.A. , Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno. Project: Changes in Vegetation and Human Adaptation from the latest Pleistocene to late Holocene in the eastern Great Basin: the Blue Lake pollen record.
  • B.A., Psychology and Biology, Mills College

Biography

I bring a strong interdisciplinary background to archaeology with my technical expertise in archaeobotany and paleoecology.  Micro- and macrobotanical materials provide biological clues to past climates and local resources that help define human subsistence patterns and how they fluctuated through time.  This allows me to explore how people coped with environmental change during the late Pleistocene and Holocene in western North America, with a particular focus on the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. Ongoing projects include: 1) the ecology of human diets during the Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah; 2) ground stone technology and the processing of tuber plants in the Colorado Plateau using starch grain analysis; 3) cultivation/domestication of wild plant species in western North America (i.e., Solanum jamesii, Chenopodium berlandieri).