Human Socioecological Complexity: I am an interdisciplinary anthropologist and archaeologist. My research focuses on the evolution of human ecology and the unique evolutionary trajectory of the human species. I am particularly interested in how humans use energy and information in groups to create models of the world and perform computations to predict outcomes. My theoretical perspective focuses on the metabolic ecology of humans, from scales of life history theory to biogeography, the dynamic interactions of humans and their environments over time and space, and how technology, innovations, and behaviors shape these interactions
Data Analytics: I work with data sets from many disciplines, including ethnography, archaeology, economics, ecology and environmental science. My approach to data analytics lies at the two extremes of the quantitative spectrum. On the one hand, my approach to theory-building is primarily mathematical. I use mathematical theory to derive theoretical predictions that lead to testable hypotheses which are then tested using data. At the other end of the spectrum I am increasingly interested in the use of machine learning in anthropology.
Hunter-gatherer Archaeology: My archaeological research focuses on hunter-gatherer paleoecology, the colonization of the Americas, and Paleoindian North America. I am particularly interested in the early stages of human adaptation to North American landscapes, and their subsequent diversification. I work both analyzing data and in the field. Currently, I am involved in field research in two areas of west Texas with colleagues from Texas State University. At Bonfire Shelter we are excavating a series of Paleoindian and late Archaic bison jumps, including the earliest known jump event known in the Americas. At another site on the Southern High Plains, we are excavating a multi-component series of campsites in order to reconstruct the evolving paleoecology of hunter-gatherers in this area from the late Pleistocene into the Holocene.