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

Publications

Research Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany
  • Paleoecology
  • Plant domestication

Presentations

  • Re-evaluating the Earliest Evidence for Wild Potato Use in South-central Chile. Paper presented at the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Washington DC (first author with Nicole Herzog, Ellyse Simons, Bruce Pavlik, Tom Dillehay), Apr. 2018. Conference Paper, Accepted, 10/02/2017.
  • Comparing Starch Granules from Wild and Cultivated Solanum jamesii to Determine the Effects of Domestication. Paper presented at the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Washington DC (second author with Nicole Herzog and Bruce Pavlik), Apr. 2018. Conference Paper, Accepted, 10/02/2017.
  • The Archaeology and Conservation of the Four Corners Potato. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region (with B.M. Pavlik), September 2017. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/16/2017.
  • The Four Corners Potato: Conserving an Ancient Food in Escalante, Utah. Invited talk/Keynote for the Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Escalante, UT (with B.M. Pavlik), August 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/07/2017.
  • The Four Corners Potato: Conserving an Ancient Food in Southern Utah. Invited talk. Four Corners Lecture Series, Edge of Cedars State Museum, Blanding, UT (with B.M. Pavlik), August 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/05/2017.
  • The Archaeology and Conservation of the Four Corners Potato. Utah Rare Plant Meeting (with B.M. Pavlik). Conference Paper, Presented, 03/07/2017.
  • Setting New Standards for Starch Grain Identification. Poster presented at Workshop on the Analysis of Micro Particles in Archaeological Samples (WAMPAS), Max Planck Institute, Germany (with N.M. Herzog and B.M. Pavlik). Poster, Presented, 12/06/2016.
  • The Archaeology and Conservation of the Four Corners Potato. Utah State University Museum of Anthropology Friday Lecture Series (with B.M. Pavlik). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/18/2016.
  • Honoring an Interdisciplinary Giant: David B. Madsen. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Reno, NV. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/07/2016.
  • Setting New Standards for Starch Grain Identification. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Reno, NV. (with N.M. Herzog and B.M. Pavlik). Conference Paper, Presented, 10/07/2016.
  • Establishing an Online Ethnobotanical Database for the Northwest Great Basin. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Reno, NV. (second author with N.M. Herzog and J. Rovenpera). Conference Paper, Presented, 10/07/2016.
  • The Archaeobotany of the Sigurd to Red Butte Transmission Line. Poster presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Reno, NV. (with N.M. Herzog, M. Baker, K. Magargal, B.M. Pavlik). Poster, Presented, 10/06/2016.
  • The Archaeology and Conservation of the Four Corners Potato. Esclanate Arts Festival Speaker Series, Escalante, Utah (co-author B. Pavlik). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/24/2016.
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  • The Archaeology and Conservation of the Four Corners Potato. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) Science Forum, Kanab Utah (co-author with B. Pavlik). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/02/2016.
  • Diet breadth and Resource Intensification in Relation to Environmental Change. Paper presented at the Society of Ethnobiology, Tuscon, AZ. Presentation, Accepted, 02/01/2016.
  • The Dietary Inventory and Dietary Palette at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, ID (first author with Bruce M. Pavlik). Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Patterns of Chenopodium Seed Use at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, ID (second author with Kayla Worthey and David Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Frontiers of Archaeobotany in the Great Basin and northern Colorado Plateau. Symposium organizer (with Nicole Herzog) at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, ID. Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Patterns of Chenopodium spp. use at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Poster presented at the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Austin, TX (second author with Kayla Worthey). Poster, Presented, 04/2014.
  • The Ecology of Diet Breadth During the Early to Middle Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Symposium participant at the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Austin, TX (first author with Joel Janetski and Judith Field). Presentation, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Seeds of Change: The impacts of climate change on dietary choice and human occupation patterns in Early Holocene North America. Archaeology First Thursdays, Portland State University, Oregon. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Yucca Roasting and Basketmaker to Post-Puebloan Occupations of Coyote Springs Valley, SE Nevada. Poster at Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Honolulu, HI (fourth author with Amy Spurling, Mary Ann Vicari, Victor Villagran). Poster, Presented, 04/2013.
  • Seeds of Change: The impacts of climate change on dietary choice and human occupation patterns in Early Holocene North America. Invited speaker: BEES Seminar Series, University of New South Wales, Australia. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • 30 Years On: Archaeology and Behavioral Ecology in the Great Basin. Symposium organizer (with Michael Cannon and Jack Broughton) at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Presentation, Presented, 10/2012.
  • 12,000 Years of Climate and Vegetation Change in the northern Uinta Mountains, western North America. Invited speaker, paper presented at the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), Duluth, MN (first author with D. Rhode, D.B. Madsen, and M. Metcalf). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Formative Period Research from the Milford Wind Corridor Project. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Davis, Utah (third author with Kiera Simms, Amy Spurling, and Mike Cannon). Presentation, Presented, 10/2010.
  • Packrats, Pollen and Pine I: Holocene Vegetation History in Northwest Colorado. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC) Gunnison, CO (second author with D. Rhode, D.B. Madsen, and M. Metcalf). Presentation, Presented, 10/2009.
  • Packrats, Pollen and Pine II: The Flat Tops Pollen Records and Implications for Regional Millennial-Scale Climate Cycles. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC), Gunnison, CO (third author with D.B. Madsen, D. Rhode and M. Metcalf). Presentation, Presented, 10/2009.
  • Development of Grinding Stone Technology in the Great Basin, western North America. Paper presented at the 75th Anniversary Meeting Society of American Archaeology (SAA), St. Louis, Missouri. Presentation, Presented, 04/2009.
  • Holocene Vegetation History in Northwest Colorado and Southwest Wyoming: New Results from Packrat Middens and Pollen Cores. Poster presentation at PACLIM Conference, Asilomar, CA (second author with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 03/2009.
  • “Into the Holocene: Archaeological Implications for Climatic and Biotic Variations.” Symposium presented at the 31st Biennial Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Portland, Oregon (Symposium organizer). Presentation, Presented, 10/2008.
  • Middle Holocene Human Behavioral Responses in the Great Basin of Western North America. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 72nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (second author with Donald K. Grayson). Presentation, Presented, 04/2008.
  • Climate Change and Human Adaptation in the Bonneville Basin: The Blue Lake Pollen Record and Archaeology of Bonneville Estates Rockshelter. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 72nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (with Ted Goebel, Kelly Graf, Bryan Hockett, and David Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 04/2008.
  • Paleoenvironmental Research on the Piceance Basin Lateral and REX Pipeline Project: A Preliminary Report. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC), Jackson Hole, Wyoming (with David Rhode, David B. Madsen, and Michael Metcalf). Presentation, Presented, 10/2007.
  • Holocene Vegetation Change and Human Plant use in the Northwest Bonneville Basin, Nevada/Utah. Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 71st Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas (with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 04/2007.
  • Latest Pleistocene/ Holocene Vegetation Change at Blue Lake, western Bonneville Basin, Utah. Paper presented at the 30th Biennial Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Las Vegas, NV (with D. Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 10/2006.
  • Latest Pleistocene/ Holocene Vegetation Change at Blue Lake, western Bonneville Basin, Utah. Poster presented at American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biennial Meeting. Bozeman, MT (with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 06/2006.
  • Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene Vegetation Change and Human Adaptation in the Bonneville Basin. Presentation for University of Nevada, Reno Geography Lecture Series: “Arid Lands and the People Who Use Them”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2006.
  • Latest Pleistocene/ Holocene Vegetation Change at Blue Lake, western Bonneville Basin, Utah. Poster presented at PACLIM (Climate Variability of the Eastern North Pacific and Western North America) Conference. Asilomar, CA (with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 03/2006.
  • Into the Archaic: Dietary Plant Use in the Prearchaic (Paleoarchaic?) in the Bonneville Basin. Paper presented at Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 70th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (second author with D. Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 04/2005.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Detecting the Early Stages of Domestication of a Native Potato in Western North America. PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Bruce Pavlik, John Bamberg, Alfonso del Rio, David Kinder, Cynthia Wilson. National Science Foundation Archaeology Program , 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021. Total project budget to date: $222,024.00
  • Developing the Four Corners Potato (Solanum jamesii) for Market (UNDER REVIEW). PI: Bruce Pavlik. Co-PI(s): Lisbeth Louderback. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, 10/01/2018 - present. Total project budget to date: $140,000.00
  • Enhancing the student research experience in an interdisciplinary lab. PI: Andrea Brunelle. Co-PI(s): Lisbeth Louderback, Jennifer Watt. U of U Academic Affairs, 05/01/2018 - present. Total project budget to date: $7,000.00
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • ECOSYSTEMS AND PLANT RESOURCES. PI: LOUDERBACK,LISBETH ANN. DOI BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, 04/28/2017 - 04/30/2022. Total project budget to date: $55,501.00
  • SIGURD-RED BUTTE ARCHAEOBOTANY. PI: LOUDERBACK,LISBETH ANN. SWCA INC, 07/20/2015 - 07/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $104,286.00
  • BLM NATIVE PLANT FIELD GUIDE. PI: LOUDERBACK,LISBETH ANN. DOI BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, 07/07/2015 - 09/30/2019. Total project budget to date: $27,500.00
  • PLANT DOMESTICATION--SEED. PI: LOUDERBACK,LISBETH ANN. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 07/01/2015 - 12/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $29,630.00
  • BLM STORAGE. PI: LOUDERBACK,LISBETH ANN. DOI BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, 05/09/2014 - 05/08/2018. Total project budget to date: $33,096.00
  • Plant Resources that Ended the Long Pause: Patterns of Dispersal From West to East Polynesia (DECLINED). PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Adrian Bell, Bruce Pavlik. U of U Vice President for Research, 07/01/2018 - present. Total project budget to date: $34,785.00
  • Testing the Pinyon Premise: Starch Grain Analysis of Bedrock Milling Slicks and Ground Stone Tools at the Mt. Irish and Shooting Gallery ACECs, Lincoln County, NV (DECLINED). PI: Dayna Giambastiani. Co-PI(s): Lisbeth Louderback, Mark Giambastiani. Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative , 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2018. Total project budget to date: $75,223.00
  • Developing Archaeo-Ecosystem Assessment Methodologies for Bears Ears National Monument (DECLINED). PI: Lisbeth Louderback. Co-PI(s): Bruce Pavlik, Cameron Cox. Canyonlands Natural History Association , 06/01/2018 - present. Total project budget to date: $24,304.68

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.

Languages

  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

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