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  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.D. P. Master’s in Development Practice (School of Geography), University of Arizona, 2015
  • B.A. Political Science, Montana State University, 2011


Cultural Anthropology


Dr. Chris McCarty

Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson

Research Interests

My research focuses on the impacts of climate change on human health, specifically how humans and social systems are responding to increased levels of sargassum in the coastal areas of Belize. My work aims to contribute to well-informed decision making at local and global levels.

Selected Publications


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Elizabeth Eddy Fellowship, 2019
  • Grinter Fellowship, 2018-2021
  • Graduate Funding Award, 2018-2022
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society



  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida
  • M.A. Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, 2005
  • B.A. Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador,1999




Dr. Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo

Research Interests

Research focus is on Historical Ecology in the Andean region (Inka, Puruwá, Pastos, and Amazonian archaeological cultures of Ecuador). Currently, I am developing my dissertation on the history of space of Colta Lake valley (Chimborazo, Ecuador), in which non-human and humans interact to produce constant changes in the environment.

Selected Publications

2018 Experiencias de una prospección arqueológica en territorio puruwá. In De Arqueología Hablan las Mujeres. Edited by María Auxiliadora Cordero, pp 145-154. Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí/Universidad San Francisco de Quito/Ciudad Alfaro.

2018 Submitted (peer-reviewed) Los Puruwá durante el Coloniaje de los Inkas en Colta (Chimborazo, Ecuador). In Boletín Yungas, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú.

2018 co-author with Nicolás Vásquez, Monkeys after Death in Andean Sky. In Caleidoscope of Cultural Astronomy, edited by Juan Antonio Belmonte. Network of Astronomy for School Education (NASE), Vienna.

2017 Casas pastos en el páramo y en el pie de monte occidental: Un estudio comparativo. Boletín de Antropología, Universidad de Antioquia 30(54): 126-151. (Received: 01/10/2017; approved: 06/05/2017).

2016 co-author with Florencio Delgado. Té Zulay: Una aldea precolombina a orillas del Pastaza. Review “Huellas del Sumaco”, Universidad Amazónica, Puyo, Ecuador.

2014 Poder y belleza, Catálogo de la exhibición El cuerpo y el ornamento. Carmen Fernández-Salvador y Jorge Gómez Tejada. Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado/Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito.

2013 Urnas prehispánicas de las culturas Napo y Manteña. Catálogo de la exhibición El Camino de Acuña: Reliquias y relicarios de dos mundos. Carmen Fernández-Salvador. Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado/Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito.

2013 ¿Hay o no monos en el cielo? On-line publication, Astronomía en la ciudad, Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE)/IAU/CSIC:

2012 De estrellas y monos en la cultura Pasto. Apachita 19, Boletín de Arqueología, Ernesto Salazar Editor, COCISOH, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito.

2010 Si quieren ser Inkas… que sean felices. Apachita 17, Boletín del Área de Arqueología, Ernesto Salazar, editor. Escuela de Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

2007 El Sol Pasto en la Construcción de Identidades, with Cristóbal Landázuri, Cuadernos de Investigación 7, pp. 215-230. Revista de la Escuela de Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

2005 Cuenteros en la radio: El Coyote en la Mitología Hopi del Norte de Arizona, Cuadernos de

Investigación 6, pp. 139-155, Revista de la Escuela de Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

2005 El Señor de Sipán en Quito. Apachita 2, Boletín del Área de Arqueología, Ernesto Salazar, editor. Escuela de Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

2000 Continuidad Ocupacional en la Región de Quito. Cuadernos de Investigación 5, pp. 5-26, Revista de la Escuela de Antropología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Summer 2019 Tinker Foundation Travel Grant – CLAS to support summer 2019 fieldwork season in Colta (Chimborazo, Ecuador).
  • Spring 2019 Anthropology Department Travel Award funding
  • Fall 2018 Second prize Graduate Student Poster Competition, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville.
  • 2018 Department 2018-2019; Department of Anthropology and Land Use and Environmental Change Institute Travel Award 8 for conference travel in August 2018.
  • 2015 Chancellor Grants. Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Faculty Research Grant. Project: Dinámicas socio-políticas de la comunidad precolombina en la región puruwá de Colta, Chimborazo (Ecuador).

Hyatt and Cici Brown Professor of Florida Archaeology




Turlington Hall, Room B372

(352) 294-7601

PO Box 117305
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7305





Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology

(352) 392-6772

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Research Interests

I am an archaeologist with specialties in the Archaic and Woodland periods of the American Southeast, technological change, and community patterning. I spent most of the 1990s conducting field research in the middle Savannah River valley of Georgia and South Carolina.  Since arriving in Florida in 1998, I have spent most summers in the middle St. Johns River valley of northeast Florida, where field schools have been directed toward the study of the region’s oldest shell mounds and associated sites.  In 2009 I launched the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey on the northern Gulf coast of Florida to investigate a record of maritime living that continues to be diminished by rising seas.  Relating the experiences of indigenous coastal dwellers over the past 4000 years to contemporary challenges of sea-level rise is among the project’s chief goals.

Archaeology to me is a unique blend of science and humanities. A systematic, empirical approach to research is necessary to wrest information from the faint residues of ancient times, but it takes imagination and a deep understanding of cultural variation to render this information relevant. I am committed to strengthening the integration of archaeology and anthropology, as I view the former as long-term ethnography and draw inspiration from theory that enables me to explore the relationship between the structural components of culture and the real human experiences that reproduce and transform structure.

Selected Publications

Northern Gulf Coastal Archaeology of the Here and Now. 2014. Kenneth E. Sassaman, Paulette S. McFadden, Micah P. Monés, Andrea Palmiotto, and Asa R. Randall. In New Histories of Precolumbian Florida, edited by N.J. Wallis and A.R. Randall. University Press of Florida, Gainesville (in press).

In the Unlikely Event: Method for Temporalizing the Experience of Change. 2014. Kenneth E. Sassaman, Kenneth E., and Jason M. O’Donoughue. In The Archaeology of Events: Cultural Change and Continuity in the Pre-Columbian Southeast, edited by Z.I. Gilmore and J.M. O’Donoughue. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa (in press).

Drowning Out the Past: How Humans Historicize Water and Water Historicizes Them. 2013. In Big Histories, Human Lives: Tackling Problems of Scale in Archaeology, edited by J. E. Robb and T. R. Pauketat, pp.171-192. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.

Recent Developments in Southeastern Archaeology: From Colonization to Complexity. 2012. David G. Anderson and Kenneth E. Sassaman. Society forAmerican Archaeology Press, Washington, D.C.

Futurologists Look Back. 2012. Archaeologies 8:250-268.

Shell Mounds of the Middle St. Johns Basin, Northeast Florida. 2012. Kenneth E. Sassaman and Asa R. Randall. In Early New World Monumentality, edited by R. Burger and R. Rosenswig, pp. 53-77. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process. 2011. Kenneth E. Sassaman and Donald H. Holly, Jr. (editors). University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

The Eastern Archaic, Historicized. 2010. AltaMira, Lanham, MD.


North American Archaeology (ANT 3153)
Hunter-Gatherers (ANG 6930)
Southeastern U.S. Prehistory (ANG 6930)
Archaeology of Alternative Futures (ANG 6930)

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida (in progress)
  • M.S., Quaternary and Climate Studies, University of Maine, 2015
  • B.A., Anthropology and Philosophy, Temple University, 2010





Research Interests

Environmental Archaeology, Climate Change, Maritime Adaptations, El Niño, the Andes

Selected Publications



Grants, Fellowships, and Awards


Office: Grinter Hall 309
Phone: (352) 392-0690


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1996
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1987
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Major in Anthropology/Biology/Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1983

Research Interests

Economic and environmental anthropology, environmental governance, community-based conservation, institutional analysis, climate change adaptation, coffee production & consumption, value chains, belief systems, sustainability

Personal Statement

My research explores human-environment interactions through a transdisciplinary approach encompassing environmental and economic anthropology, political ecology, institutional analysis, and participatory approaches. For the most part, I focus on the Latin American experience, including community-based forest and water management, coffee production and value chains, interactions between people and protected areas, governance of common-pool resources, adaptation to climate change, sustainability, globalization, and belief systems.

Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

  • 2017-Present Professor, Department of Anthropology & Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 2015-17 Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology & Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 2015 -Present Affiliated Faculty, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida
  • 2012 -15 Chair, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 2009-15 Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana U, Bloomington
  • 2003-09 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana U, Bloomington
  • 2004-Present Affiliated Faculty, Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis, Indiana U, Bloomington
  • 2003-15 Associated Faculty, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Indiana U, Bloomington


Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
Other Experiences
  • Elected council member, International Association for the Study of the Commons (2017-Present)
  • Scientific Advisory Council, Mountain Research Initiative (2014-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Society and Conservation (2010-Present)
  • Editorial Board, Human Ecology (2015-Present)


  • 2014 Featured Scholar, Global Learning Center, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • 2013 Fellow, Academic Leadership Seminar, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Consortium of “Big Ten” Conference Universities and affiliates)
  • 2011 Sustainability Course Development Fellowship, “Ecology and Society.” Indiana University
  • 2010 Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Summer Stipend Award, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University
  • 2009 Trustees’ Teaching Award, Indiana University
  • 2008 Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), United States
  • 2007 Outstanding Session Prize for “Natural resource management, science and spirituality: Intersections shaping Latin America’s environment.” School for Advanced Research and the Latin American Studies Association
  • 2007 Research Fellowship, College of Arts and Humanities Institute, Indiana University
  • 2006 Summer Faculty Fellowship, “Indigenous Institutions, Collective Action and the Conservation of Biodiversity in Oaxaca, Mexico,” Indiana University
  • 1992-93 Graduate Registration Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • 1990-91 Graduate College Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • 1983 Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications


Tucker, C. M. 2017. Coffee Culture: Local Experiences, Global Connections. Second Edition. New York: Routledge Press.

Tucker, C. M., ed. 2012. Nature, Science and Religion: Intersections shaping society and the environment. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research (SAR) Press.

Tucker, C. M. 2008. Changing Forests: Collective Action, Common Property and Coffee in Honduras. New York: Springer Academic Press.

Representative Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Muhar, A., C. Raymond, R. van den Born, N. Bauer, K. Böck, M. Braito, A. Buljs, C. Flint, W. de Groot, C. Ives, T. Mitrofanenko, T. Plieninger, C. Tucker, C. van Riper. 2017. A Model Integrating Social-Cultural Concepts of Nature into Frameworks of Interaction between Social and Natural Systems. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1327424

Upton, C., C. Tucker, S. Sanchez. 2017. The Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement’s Symbolic Nod to Environmental Protection: Legal Perspectives on CAFTA’s Citizen Submission Process. Society and Natural Resources. URL:

Tucker, C. M. 2014. Creating equitable water institutions on disputed land: A Honduran case study. Water International 39(2):216-232.

Eakin, H., C. M. Tucker, E. Castellanos, R. Diaz-Porras, J. F. Barrera, H. Morales. 2014. Adaptation in a Multi-stressor Environment: Perceptions and responses to climatic and economic risks by coffee growers in Mesoamerica. Environment, Development and Sustainability 16(1):123-139. URL:

Castellanos, E., C. Tucker, H. Eakin, H. Morales, J. Barrera and R. Diaz. 2013. Assessing the Adaptation Strategies of Farmers Facing Multiple Stressors: Lessons from the Coffee and Global Changes Project in Mesoamerica. Environmental Science and Policy 26:19-28. URL:

Tucker, C. M. 2010. Private Goods and Common Property: Pottery Production in a Honduran Lenca Community. Human Organization 69(1):43-53.

Tucker, C. M. 2010. Learning on Governance in Forest Ecosystems: Lessons from Recent Research. International Journal of the Commons 4(2):687-706. URL:

Tucker, C. M., H. Eakin, and E. Castellanos. 2010. Perceptions of Risk and Adaptation: Coffee producers, market shocks and extreme weather in Central America and Mexico. Global Environmental Change 20:23-32. Published online August 2009. URL:

Tucker, C. M., J. C. Randolph, T. Evans, K. P. Andersson, L. Persha, and G. M. Green. 2008. An approach to assess relative degradation in dissimilar forests: toward a comparative assessment of institutional outcomes. Ecology and Society 13(1): 4. [online] URL:

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Contribution to Science


Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

National Park Service, “Ethnobotany and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Badlands National Park, South Dakota.” Principal Investigator with C. Sage, Co-PI]. 2016-18.

National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network Grant, “Bridging Communities and Scales through a Global Transdisciplinary Mountain Sustainability Network.” [Co-PI with J. Klein (Principal Investigator, Colorado State U), A. Nolin (Oregon State U) and R. Reid (Colorado State U)] 2014-2019

Completed Research Support (within the past three years)

Inter-American Institute (IAI) Collaborative Research Network Program Grant (IAI-CRN 2060), “Small Coffee Producers and Adaptive Options for a Changing Climate: The Risks and Challenges of Certification for Ecosystem Services.” [Co-PI with E. Castellanos (Principal Investigator , Universidad del Valle de Guatemala), H. Eakin (ASU, Tempe), J. Barrera (ECOSUR, Mexico) and R. Díaz (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica)] 2012-2015

Courses Taught