I hope everyone is enjoying the end of the semester.  As we disperse to a different part of the our house or apartment for the summer, here are few items:


Chris LeClere’s research on coffee houses has been featured in the latest issue of the UF Explore magazine.  Find the article here.


Molly Selbas article, “The Impact of Selection for Facial Reduction in Dogs: Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Canine Cranial Shape,” published in The Anatomical Record, was recognized by the press as one of the top 10% downloaded articles in the past year.  Find the article here.  Way to go Molly!


Trevor Duke’s research on Roberts Island is currently featured at the Florida Museum of Natural History.  See the article here.



to Liz Ibarrola and Sarah Zaleski, who were received Doctoral Dissertation Awards from the Graduate School.  These awards provide a tuition waiver and a stipend to enable them to put the final touches on their dissertation.


Finally, if you didn’t see it, Lance Gravlee was featured in the UF News with some advice and tips on transitioning from live classroom to online teaching.  Find the article here.


I hope everyone is well.  Enjoy your weekend!


Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

It’s nothing but good news in the Monday Bulletin:

On the Awards front:

Ph.D. Candidates Amanda Brock and Hannah Toombs were selected as recipients of a $3500 Ruth McQuown Scholarship for graduate students at UF.  Congratulations to both!

Arianne Boileau was selected as one of the recipients of the 2020 Graduate School Mentoring Award.  Congrats, Arianne!

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians received a grant of $393,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a new Mississippi Choctaw dictionary and video-documentation project.  The award supports Dr. Aaron Broadwell as one of the project linguists for the grant, in addition to supporting two UF students: Michael Stoop and Seth Katenkamp who will be involved in grant-related work at the Choctaw reservation.


Library News

From Ginessa Mahar:  The Libraries have gathered a list of open access resources and expanded access to e-resources during the time of COVID-19. Please check out the following LibGuides to see what is in in store for you!

Expanded Access to E-Resources LibGuide

Anthropology –  Changes to Library Services LibGuide


Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

Graduate student Megan Hanna Fry receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) grant in Spring 2020. She shares a few of her thoughts below:

“I joined the department in the fall of 2018, working with Dr. John Krigbaum and Dr. James Davidson focusing in bioarchaeology. I received my B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and in 2019 my M.A. from the University of Florida. In addition, I am the current Coordinating-Editor for the New Florida Journal of Anthropology. I was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF-GRF), starting fall 2020, which provides 3 years of funding toward my degree, allowing me to focus on my research and coursework.

In my research I broadly aim to understand settlement and social relations across Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. I utilize isotope, funerary, and osteological data to investigate health and mobility in Early-Mediaeval Britain. More specifically, I am trying to answer questions about violent death and identity. I compare heavy and light isotope values to mortuary and skeletal trauma data to understand if victims of ritual violent death were more likely to be migrants during the 4th to 9th centuries.”

Megan Hanna Fry Receives an NSF GRF

Our own Megan Hanna Fry recently was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her project, “Comparative Methods on Social Differentiation and Identity in Anglo-Saxon England.”

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  Interested?  Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program, are eligible to apply.  You can find more information here.  The next deadline for the Social Sciences is October, 2020.

Megan’s award is a three-year fellowship, which includes a generous stipend and a tuition waiver.  Please join me in congratulating Megan!


Florida Archaeological Council John W. Griffin Award Deadline Approaching

Applications for the 2020 John W. Griffin Award, a $1500 grant to one or more graduate students conducting archaeologicalresearch in Florida, are due on 7 April 2020. This award also comes with a one-year membership in the Florida Archaeological Council at our newest student member level.

This $1500 student grant may be awarded to a single student, or divided among several applicants. The award typically assists one or more graduate students conducting archaeological research in Florida. It can be used to cover costs associated with archaeological fieldwork and/or specialized analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal and/or botanical analyses, soils analysis, isotope analysis, etc.). In rare cases, funds may be awarded for travel expenses associated with presenting a paper/poster on the student’s research at a professional meeting. This year, the 2020 FAC John W. Griffin Award will also include a year’s membership in the FAC. Awardees are encouraged to present their results at a subsequent Florida Anthropological Society meeting.

Applicants must be eligible for membership in the FAC. Students interested in applying for the award should submit a proposal not to exceed 1000 words that describes the project for which the funds are being requested; what research question(s) or problem(s) are being addressed; how the funds will be applied to their research; what, if any, additional funds will be used to accomplish the research, and; how the research will contribute to Florida archaeology. Please direct any questions to the award committee chair indicated below.

The completed application must include: the full proposal with its budget, sponsorship letter(s) from a FAC member(s) in good standing, and any additional support letter(s).

Applications for the 2020 FAC John W. Griffin Student Award may be emailed to Dr. Elizabeth D. Benchley, RPA at ebenchle@uwf.edu.


Spring Research Exhibition Postponed

Due to a scarcity of entrants to our Spring Research Exhibition, we have decided to postpone the event.  For those of you who submitted a poster, we will hold them and add them to the Fall exhibition.


Library Services Updates

From Ginessa Mahar, our Anthropologist Librarian:  The UF virtual library is 100% open and available, and library faculty and staff are here to help. We are still providing the majority of our services – remotely – including instruction, research consultations, reference services, and digital interlibrary loan, as well as access to all of our digital collections, including journals, books and databases.

Library Services in the Time of COVID-19

Have questions? Email me (gjmahar@ufl.edu) or use our Ask A Librarian Service!




Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Cultural AnthropologyThe University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and CAFS, is seeking to fill a one-year, Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor position in Cultural Anthropology for the 2020-2021 academic year. The successful candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology and prior teaching experience at the time of appointment. Graduate students who have completed doctoral coursework and are ABD may be considered for a Visiting Instructor appointment. Previous experience and abilities in online, distance education will be beneficial, as well as demonstration of ongoing research and scholarship. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests relate to Louisiana’s diverse communities and cultures. Application materials must include a cover letter describing research and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references, to be emailed to: rees@louisiana.edu. Applications must be received before May 4, 2020.

The full ad can be viewed on the AAA web site at: http://careercenter.americananthro.org/jobs/13496760/


COVID-19 and Incarceration Project

Stephanie Birch, African American Studies Librarian and Co-Convener of Intersections on Mass Incarceration, has organized a new collaborative effort to capture global news information pertaining to incarcerated populations in prisons, jails, and detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can find the page here: https://tinyurl.com/COVIDprisons

Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

Good News Division

Ph.D. Candidate Arianne Boileau has just published a chapter with Norbert Stanchly (“Middle Preclassic Faunal Utilisation at Pacbitun, Belize: Evidence for Social Differentiation, Exchange, and Craft Specialisation”) in An Archaeological Reconstruction of Ancient Maya Life at Pacbitun, Belize, edited by Terry G. Powis, Sheldon Skaggs, and George Micheletti and published with BAR.  The volume presents 20 years of research at the site. The book can be found here: https://www.barpublishing.com/an-archaeological-reconstruction-of-ancient-maya-life-at-pacbitun-belize.html.  Congratulations, Arianne!

Dr. Valerie DeLeon, director of CAPHIL, has just published a book, hot off the press, Skeletal Anatomy of the Newborn Primate, with co-authors Tim Smith, Chris Vinyard, and Jesse Young.  The volume illustrates and describes many aspects of skeletal development. With the help of members of the DeLeon Lab, the book also includes a glossy color atlas of skeletal elements from six representative primates. You can find the book here.  Congratulations, Valerie!


Annual Activity Reports and Self-Evaluations now due April 15

These have been a moving target, but here is the latest.  Annual Activity Reports (faculty) and Annual Self Evaluations (graduate students) are now due April 15.  The Dean’s office indicated previously that these would be due May 1, but the Provost has declared these to be due by April 15.  For faculty:  please send a copy of your AAR to Karen Jones.   Graduate students: send a copy of your self evaluation to Juanita Bagnall and to your committee chair.


Spring and Summer College Travel Funding

From the Dean’s Office:  For Spring travel for both faculty and graduate students where the travel has been canceled and you cannot get a full refund, the college will fulfill their commitment of funds to cover the nonrefundable expenses.  For travel that was successfully canceled, the college is not committing to allow those funds for future travel.

The reasoning is that source of travel funds is from the state, and we are not certain we will be able to carry those funds forward given the budget uncertainty.   The College also deems it premature to approve travel requests for Summer as we have no idea how long various travel restrictions will be in effect.  The College will hold applications on hand if things change.


COVID-19 News Division

Equipment Donations:  CAPHIL, the Mulligan Lab, the DeLeon Lab, and the Daegling were able to donate N95 masks, gowns, and gloves to support clinical staff at UF Health. If you have any PPE that you’d like to donate, it’s easy to drive up and make a drop-off at EH&S (916 Newell Drive Building 179).  If you happen to have any materials that might be needed for Coronavirus care, please keep in mind the following:  per Associate Dean Brian Harfe, grant/contract purchased items ARE ok to donate (but please keep a list of what is donated).  Every bit helps.

What also helps is keeping your distance (warning: more groans ahead, this time Disney-themed!, courtesy of Nita Bagnall). This of course includes staying off campus and out of the office.  Per the latest HR guidelines (as of yesterday), faculty are classified as “remote essential” and may periodically return to campus, but only to gather materials necessary for their work.  Make sure you have your ID with you.  As you are all aware, the only people allowed on campus at this time for work are campus essential personnel.

Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

Anthropology Office

The office remains open for business.  After a conversation with the staff, we’ve decided to continue business in our normal place.  We have plenty of Lysol wipes!  However, we’d encourage folks to avoid coming in unless it is absolutely necessary.

Although we might be pretty good in keeping everything disinfected (our doorknobs have never been so clean!), we’re might not be #1.  The English Language Institute has been pretty diligent, and they’ve documented it here.  (and yes, it might generate another groan.  Or, it might go …. viral!)

Rumor Control

We’re all well aware that the situation is changing continually, and we’re equally aware that the university is scrambling to respond to new issues as they appear.  Please also be aware that there are plenty of rumors, speculation, and outright wild guessing about what the university may or may not do in response to COVID-19.

What does this mean for us?  For faculty and staff: many of us have roles and responsibilities that may provide us some insight into discussions in the Dean’s, President’s, or Provot’s office.  Keep in mind that these are only discussions, and be aware that broadcasting those discussions may be misunderstood as official policy before a decision has actually been made.  The easy solution? Keep any policy discussion or speculation to yourself.

For all of us … official policy announcements, guidance, and policy changes will come through the Dean’s Office, the Provost, or the President.

Using Zoom for Dissertation Defenses

Thanks to Lance Gravlee for passing along a Twitter thread (apparently from a colleague at UF) that offers some great suggestions for how to use Zoom most effectively for dissertation defenses.  You can find the thread here: https://twitter.com/ethanwhite/status/1240336385896316928

I’ll add that if you happen to have had positive experience transitioning to online, or if you’ve developed some lessons are strategies that have been effective and you want to share, please drop me a line and we’ll set up an exchange.

Aid-A-Gator for Students

Kate Grillo forwarded this around earlier in the week from the FLMNH, but I’ll reiterate here:  If you are having any financial trouble at all, consider applying for funds from UF’s Aid-A-Gator program (https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/). It has already funded students to travel home who had no funds to do so. Over 250 applications have already been submitted and the program is running strong.  I’ll add that if you are otherwise in distress, please let us know by contacting either me of Kate (kgrillo@ufl.edu), and we will do our best to help you.

You might be interested in President Fuchs’ reply to a student expressing concern about online-only instruction and other disruptions.  You can find it here.

I know it’s been a crazy week-plus, and it looks like it will get a bit nuttier in the short term.  Thanks to everyone for all their flexibility and hard work in moving their courses online on such short notice.  Male sure you take some time to enjoy your weekend while foraging for canned beans and toilet paper!


Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida



Given the current pandemic, we have postponed the Armadillo Roast indefinitely.  However, we have not abandoned the spirit of the event. We will still run some of the fundraising events thanks to the Department of Anthropology front office. You can support the Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship Fund by participating in fundraisers listed below!  Please visit Turlington, Rm 1112 between March 13-27th to make your donation. CASH ONLY. You can also donate directly to the fund by going to https://www.uff.ufl.edu/give-now/ and search for the Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship (Fund # 000041), or mail a check made out to the Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship Fund to Karen Jones, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL  32611.

We will also continue with some of our fundraising events, among them:

  • 50/50 Raffle: It’s back for Armadillo Roast! 50% goes to the department and 50% goes to one lucky winner. One ticket = $2, Three tickets = $5, and six tickets = $10.
  • Flamboyance Annoyance: Here’s your chance to cover your favorite faculty member’s office door in a flamboyance of flamingos! Whichever faculty member has the most donations put toward their name by the end of the day on March 27th will get flocked.
  • Adopt an Opossum: Last year, a stray opossum broke into the Chair’s office and we’ve decided to turn this space into an opossum sanctuary. You can now adopt an opossum for $1 and it will get a new home in the Chair’s office! (Aka: we want to cover Pete’s office with as many opossum photos as we can).
  • T-Shirt Sales: Commemorate the 49th Charles H. Fairbanks Armadillo Roast that never happened with a T-shirt! All 2020 T-shirts are $10 each. Old T-shirts will be sold 3 for $10.

Please stop by the department office to purchase and/or donate to any of these fundraising events. Thanks to everyone who helped prepare for this event and those who volunteered their time, especially our Roast Hosts, Amanda Hall and Brittany Mistretta.


We have likewise altered the Spring Research Exhibition. We will not host a live poster session, as originally planned, but we are still accepting entries.  If you have a research poster, please consider submitting for the exhibition.  Poster prizes this year are $700 for the first prize graduate poster, and $500 for second prize.  The best undergraduate poster will receive $250.  Additionally, the department will pay to print a copy of your poster so we can display it in the halls of Turlington. The winning posters will be on display in my office. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 20 by 5:00pm. Digital submissions should go to Chris LeClere. Hard copy posters can still be dropped off in the anthropology office. Contact Chris LeClere cleclere@ufl.edu with questions.  We will provide more information on how we will provide everyone with access to posters soon.


Part Two of our Department Mental Health and Wellness Session, which was scheduled for March 25, has been postponed.  We will update when and if we can reschedule.


Award Opportunities

The Florida Archaeological Council (FAC) is proud to announce the 2020 John W. Griffin Award. This $1500 grant typically assists one or more graduate students conducting archaeological research in Florida. It can be used to cover costs associated with archaeological fieldwork and/or specialized analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal and/or botanical analyses, soils analysis, isotope analysis, etc.). Inrare cases, funds may be awarded for travel expenses associated with presenting a paper/poster on the student’s research at a professionalmeeting. Additionally, the 2020 FAC John W. Griffin Award will include a year’s membership in the FAC. Details about this membership level can be found at: http://www.flarchcouncil.org/index.php/new-members. The application is due April 7th.


Job Board

The NRCS in Florida is pursuing hiring an archaeologist through a third party on a temporary basis to work on land enrolled in Conservation Easement programs. Many of these projects are located in South Florida. The details for this position are as follows:

Archaeologist must meet the Secretary of Interior (SOI) professional qualification standards

  • Graduate degree in archaeology or anthropology
  • At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration or management
  • At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • Approximately two years of work
  • Wage – $25-$30/hour depending on qualifications
  • Experienced field archaeologist

Applicants should send their resume to Roney Gutierrez (roney.gutierrez@usda.gov) and R. Scott Hussey (Robert.Hussey@usda.gov).


University of Bayreuth (Germany) is seeking applications for a professorship in Global Nutrition and Health. The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. Anthropologists and social scientists are highly encouraged to apply:



Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida


Dillo Roast!

Our annual upcoming Armadillo Roast, which will be held on March 14 — Just 8 days away!  In addition to our horseshoes tournament and the mystery meat and pie competitions,  our roast hosts have devised some new attractions, including a Hot Ones challenge (how many actual or faux chicken wings can you consume, and how hot can you go?), the chance to turn my office into a possum sanctuary (because why not?), and, most importantly, an opportunity to decorate a faculty member’s office door in Flamingos.

As always, the roast is both tremendous fun and an important fundraiser and helps support graduate student dissertation research.

Publications and Media

Ph.D. Candidate Nicolas Delsol just published an article in the Journal of Social Archaeology. The paper is based upon Nicolas’ research on cattle use in colonial Guatemala.  The paper was conceived and drafted during Dr. Gillespie’s “Things” class. Find the article here, and contulations to Nicolas!

Spring Research Exhibition

The Department of Anthropology wants to showcase your research projects at our Spring 2020 Research Exhibition!  We are looking for posters from current graduate and undergraduate anthropology students.  Graduate Poster Prizes are  $700 (1st prize) and $500 (2nd prize).  The Undergraduate winner will receive $250.  Win or lose, the department will pay to print a copy of your poster so we can display it in the halls of Turlington.  The winning posters will be on display in the chair’s office.  Deadline for submission is Friday, March 20 by 5:00pm. Digital submissions should go to Chris LeClere. Hard copy posters can be dropped off in the anthropology office. Contact Chris LeClere cleclere@ufl.edu with questions.


The Clemson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position beginning 15 August 2020. We seek applicants with experience teaching anthropology courses with a preferred focus on biological anthropology who will add to and complement existing curriculum. The successful applicant will teach four-field Introduction to Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and courses in their specific area of expertise. The teaching load for full-time lecturers is 4 courses per semester.  For more information about Clemson University, please see http://www.clemson.edu or the departmental website https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/sociology/.

The Anthropology Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is hoping to fill a tenure-track line in applied cultural anthropology with a strategic hire. We are hoping to hire an African American or Latinx scholar, because that would enrich our department and support the needs of our diverse student body, or an Indigenous scholar who would strengthen both Anthropology and our Native American Studies program.  Website is here: http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/anthropology/index.shtml

I hope that you enjoyed your spring break travels, and I will see you next Monday.

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

Graduate Recruitment Weekend

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet with our newly admitted graduate students, and especially to those hosted students or who helped setup and take down at our Saturday picnic (or, in some cases, both!).  I’d like to offer a special shout-out to Chris LeClere for being such an excellent Cruise director, and to our office staff — Karen, Pat, Nita, and Pam — for keeping everything organized.  The weekend has become a great place to meet new students, and many have commented on how welcome they felt during the weekend.

Armadillo Roast

Our next Big Annual Thing We Do is the upcoming Armadillo Roast, which will be held on March 14.  In addition to our horseshoes tournament and the mystery meat and pie competitions,  our roast hosts have devised some new attractions, including a Hot Ones challenge (how many actual or faux chicken wings can you consume, and how hot can you go?), the chance to turn my office into a possum sanctuary (because why not?), and, most importantly, an opportunity to decorate a faculty member’s office door in Flamingos.

As always, the roast is both tremendous fun and an important fundraiser and helps support graduate student dissertation research.

Awards and Recognition

Anthropology senior undergraduate Ms. Yian Wu has been selected to present her University Scholar/Honors Thesis research at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  The title of her poster is “Recycling Behaviors at the University of Florida: Strategies versus Consumer Tactics.”  Congratulations Yian!

Upcoming Talks

This afternoon we have a talk from our own Scott Hussey.  Dr. Hussey is the State Archaeologist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. His presentation “How to Land a Job in Federal Archaeology” will focus on employment after graduate school.  Please join us tat 4:00 pm in Turlington Room 1208-A. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Also this afternoon, Dr Darla Monroe  Dr. Darla Monroe, Chair of the Geography Department at Ohio State University and will be speaking on Land Systems and Climate Justice and Reciprocal relationships between forest management and regional landscape structures.  Her talk is at 3:30 in Reitz Union G330.  Refreshments will be provided.

On March 13 and 20, there will be two talks open to the UF community and to the public on March 13 & 20 as part of the  speaker series entitled “Language, Gender, and Identity in the Arab World.”  The talks are sponsored by Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures University of Florida International Center.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Internship Opportunity

Food First is seeking an intern to work with staff, develop critical research and analysis, and support grassroots fundraising and dissemination of research to the public and grassroots organizations.  Food First sheds light on the root causes of hunger and supports the movements building power to transform our food system.   Food First is seeking two Intern positions for the following:

    • Narrative Strategy and Donor Engagement Intern
    • Communications, Writing, and Editing Intern
    • Linking and Weaving Food and Farm Justice in the Bay Area Intern

They are accepting spring interns on a rolling basis. Deadline for summer internships is April 15th. More information here.

University Policy Updates

Finally, it is my duty to remind everyone to please refrain from collecting human tongues in jars, or storing them under the floorboards of your home. These activities are, according to the

Gainesville Sun, no longer allowable, per UF policy.


Enjoy your weekend!

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida