LISBETH A. LOUDERBACK

Curriculum Vitae

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

Research

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.

Research Keywords

  • Archaeology, Interest Level: 5
  • Ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany, Interest Level: 5
  • Paleoecology, Interest Level: 5
  • Plant domestication, Interest Level: 5

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • "Detecting the Early Stages of Domestication of a Native Potato in Western North America: A 10,000 Year History?" (UNDER REVIEW). PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Bruce Pavlik, John Bamberg, Alfonso del Rio, David Kinder. National Science Foundation Archaeology Program , 07/01/2017 - 06/30/2020. Total project budget to date: $287,582.00
  • “Ecosystems and Plant Resources of Archaeological Sites in the Four Corners Region, USA” (UNDER REVIEW). PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Bruce Pavlik, Brian Codding, Nicole Herzog. BLM National Conservation Lands Scientific Studies Program , 05/01/2017 - 04/30/2018. Total project budget to date: $24,874.00
  • Re-evaluating the Earliest Evidence for Wild Potato Use in South-central Chile. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Nicole Herzog. URC Faculty Research and Creative Grants , 03/01/2017 - 07/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $5,700.00
  • An Ethnobotanical Approach to Conserving Archaeological and Cultural Resources on BLM Lands. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Nicole Herzog and Jen Rovenpera. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 06/01/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $12,500.00
  • Curating BOR Collections. PI: Glenna Nielsen-Grimm. Co-PI(s): Lisbeth Louderback. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), 05/31/2016 - present. Total project budget to date: $202,500.00
  • Strengthening Our Hands-On Approach to Science. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Jack Broughton, Andrea Brunelle, Mitchell Power. Group Teaching Grant, University of Utah, 11/30/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $6,873.00
  • The Archaeology and Biology of Early Events in Plant Domestication. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Funding Incentive Seed Grant, University of Utah, 07/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $29,690.00
  • The Archaeobotany of the Sigurd to Red Butte Transmission Line. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. SWCA Environmental Consultants, Inc. , 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016. Total project budget to date: $104,286.00
  • Temporary Storage for Cerebus Collection. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 05/01/2014 - present. Total project budget to date: $41,370.00
  • The Paleoecology of Diet Breadth in the Basin-Plateau Region, USA. PI: Lisbeth Louderback and Donald K. Grayson. National Science Foundation (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant), 12/15/2012 - 11/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $13,827.00

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Zeiss Axioscope 2 (transmitted brightfield microscope fitted with polarizing filters and Nomarski optics) Zeiss HRc (digital camera) Zeiss Zen (imaging and measurement software) Zeiss Discovery 8 (stereoscope) Axiovision (imaging and measurement software) Beckman TJ-6 Centrifuge. Contact: Lisbeth Louderback , (801) 585-2634 , 301 Wakara Way.