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Department of Anthropology

Graduate Students


Adam Clegg <clegadam@isu.edu>       

 Adam’s anthropological focus is in archaeology, with an emphasis in lithic analysis. His thesis is the broad analysis of an archaeological site in the Sublette Mountains and the provenience of the obsidian found there. Adam has extensive experience in GIS and is continually working to improve field methods for data collection in an archaeological context.   





Rebecca Hazard <hazarebe@isu.edu>

Rebecca's present research focus is on various aspects of prehistoric human migration, interaction, and colonization in Oceania. She has laboratory experience in the preparation and analysis of ancient DNA from humans and commensal species, microfossils, stable isotopes, and, in the operation of several analytical instruments, including ATR-FTIR, LA-ICP-MS, pXRF, and SEM-EDS. She is working on an M.S. thesis based on microfossil analysis of archaeological sediments she collected during two seasons of fieldwork in Fiji's Sigatoka Valley with the intent of answering questions about the timing and nature of subsistence agriculture in prehistoric Fiji. In the future Rebecca plans to complete a PhD and pursue a position in academia that will allow her to continue refining laboratory techniques for application in archaeology.


Daniel Parker<parkdan3@isu.edu>     

 First year graduate student, with an emphasis in archaeology and lithic technologies. My research thesis topic is over prehistoric glue, and the strength behind this primitive material. I have experience creating lithic tools as well as using the portable XRF, in terms of scanning obsidian samples.







Biological Anthropology

Michelle Carpenter <carpmic2@isu.edu>     

Michelle is currently working on completing her second year of her Masters degree in Anthropology. Her thesis research is focused on stable isotope analysis of faunal remains from Historic Jamestowne in Virginia. She hopes her research will provide more of an in-depth analysis on the colonists' diet during the first few years of life in the Americas. Her goals after obtaining her Masters is to continue onto a PhD program in historical biological archaeology or work as an archaeologist at the Jamestown site in Virginia. 






Cortney Hulse <hulscort@isu.edu>     

Cortney graduated with her Master of Arts in Anthropology degree in 2016. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Nevada at Reno. Cortney works in skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. Her current work is looking at location and frequencies of rib fractures in motor vehicle accidents. She hopes to one day work in human rights and in association with an international forensic anthropology team.




Ely Taysom <taysely@isu.edu>           

Ely graduated with a Master of Science degree in Anthropology in 2016 focusing on human osteology, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. His Master’s project focused on evaluating the potential utility of multivariate statistical models for estimating age at death of subadult skeletal remains. He also enjoys participating in the recovery and identification of human remains in association with local law enforcement. He hopes to work full time in a forensic science position at a local agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.






Daria Van Dolsen <vanddari@isu.edu>     


Linguistic Anthropology

Kiley Heaps <heapkile@isu.edu>    

Kiley Heaps completed her undergrad studies in Linguistic Anthropology at Idaho State University in May 2015. She is now working towards an interdisciplinary Masters degree in the realms of Ecological Anthropology, Geographic Information Systems, Political Science, Environmental/ Sustainability studies, and Linguistics.






Junichi Ito <itojuni@isu.edu>     


Sociocultural Anthropology

Jaime Campbell-Lavallee <campjaim@isu.edu>    

Jaime completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology in May 2016. As a first year graduate student she is presently enjoying having an opportunity to work with undergraduate students in a classroom setting and online. Her Masters research will be focused in applied anthropology, particularly concerning the human relationship with the environment. She plans to complete a PhD in anthropology, and pursue a career as a professor and researcher.






Kassandra McFarland <mcfakass@isu.edu>    

Kassandra studies the biological and cultural interactions of sex from a positive sexuality framework including topics such as sex education, human mating systems and practice, evolutionary influences on sexuality and non-monogamies such as polyamory. She is working towards becoming a college professor and research scientist.







Julie Raymond <raymjuli@isu.edu>

Julie’s interests develop from climate change, environmental policy, social psychology, sustainability discourse and justice augmentation. She accesses perspectives of worldview, memory, place and identity to answer questions about volunteerism, human security, and precarity, under the overarching theme of environment. Currently engaged in a research project in Sonoma County, California; Julie also worked as an intern with a grassroots action group working to build community resilience. She attended COP21 in Paris, France last December as a delegate with Observer status for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Julie’s experience at COP21 and lessons learned there are detailed in an article published in the July 2016 issue of Practical Anthropology.





Department of Anthropology • College of Arts and Letters • Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8005, Pocatello, ID  83209-8005
Tel: (208) 282-2629 • Fax: (208) 282-4944 • Email: centchri@isu.edu

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