• Curator of Archaeology, Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department

Research Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany
  • Paleoecology
  • Plant domestication

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.


  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America
    Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Southwest.


  • - Louderback, L.A. and Pavlik, B.M. (2017). Starch granule evidence for the earliest potato use in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(29) 7606-7610. Published, 07/03/2017.
  • - Herzog N.M., Baker M., Pavlik B.M., Beck, K., Creer, S., Louderback L.A. (2017). A multi-proxy approach to archaeobotanical research: Archaic and Fremont diets, Utah. Journal of Archaeological Research: Reports 15, 169-178. Published, 07/23/2017.
  • - Bamberg, J., Del Rio, A., Kinder, D., Louderback, L., Pavlik, B., Fernandez, C. (2016) Core Collections of potato (Solanum) species native to the USA. American Journal of Potato Research, Published, 10/24/2016.
  • - Louderback, L.A., Herzog, N.M., Pavlik, B.M. (2016) A new approach for identifying of starch granules from wild food plants in arid western North America. Starch: Starke 68: 1-7. Published, 06/15/2016.
  • - Louderback, L.A., Field, J., Janetski, J.C. (2015) Curation Practices and Extraction Methods in Relation to Starch Grain Yiields from Ground Stone Artifacts. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 4, 535-540. Published, 10/2015.
  • - Louderback, L.A., Rhode, D., Madsen, D.B., Metcalf, M. (2015). Rapid Vegetation Shifts in the Uinta Mountains (Utah and Wyoming, USA) during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Published, 09/02/2015.
  • - Rhode, D. and Louderback, L.A. (2015) Bonneville Basin Environments during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition. In Madsen, D.B., Schmitt, D. and Page, D. (Eds.) The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, UT. Published, 02/03/2015.
  • - Louderback, L.A., Bruce M. Pavlik, Amy M. Spurling (2013) Ethnographic and Archaeological Evidence Corroborating Yucca as a Food Source, Mojave Desert, USA. Journal of Ethnobiology 33(2): 281-297. Published, 01/01/2013.
  • - Louderback, L.A., Grayson, D.K., Llobera, M. (2011) Middle Holocene Climates and Human Population Densities in the Great Basin, western USA. The Holocene 21(2): 366-373. Published, 03/01/2011.
  • - Benson, L.V., S.P. Lund, J.P. Smooth, D.E. Rhode, R.J. Spencer, K.L. Verosub, L.A. Louderback, C.A. Johnson, R.O. Rye, R.M. Negrini (2011) The Rise and Fall of Lake Bonneville between 45 and 10.5 ka. Quaternary International 235:57-69. Published, 09/2011.
  • - Louderback, L.A. and Rhode, D. (2009) 15,000 Years of Vegetation Change in the Bonneville Basin: The Blue Lake Pollen Record, Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 1-19. Published, 01/2009.
  • - Rhode, D. and Louderback, L.A. (2007) Dietary Plant Use in the Bonneville Basin during the Terminal Pleistocene-Early Holocene Transition. In K.E. Graf and D.N. Schmitt, Paleoindian or Paleoarchaic? Great Basin Human Ecology at the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition, pp. 231-247. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. Published, 09/2007.
  • - Louderback, L.A., Rhode, D., Madsen, D.B., Metcalf, M. (2016) Uinta Mountains and Lakes: Sensitive Indicators of Climate Change. Mountain Views: Chronicles of the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains, Vol. 10 (1). Published, 09/04/2016.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A. and Bruce M. Pavlik. Integrating Modern Vegetation and Ethnographic Data to Understand Past Human Diets at North Creek Shelter, Utah. In progress, 03/09/2015.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A. Archaeobotanical Analyses of Human Diets at North Creek Shelter, Utah. In progress, 03/09/2015.
  • Herzog N.M., Louderback L.A.. Morphological and microbotanical evidence for geophyte cultivation and implications for detection in the archaeological record of the Arid West. Journal of Archaeological Science.. In progress, 03/06/2017.