Current Graduate Students

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Graham Goodwin received his B.A. in archaeology from Willamette University with a focus in Mediterranean archaeology. He has worked as a curatorial assistant at the Hallie Ford Museum, where he engaged in research and XRF analysis of the museum’s Roman coin collection. He has fieldwork experience in north central Montana documenting Upper Cretaceous fauna in the Judith River Formation, and has participated in excavations at the Neolithic site “The Ness of Brodgar” located in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Presently Graham is working towards an M.A. in archaeology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research interests are broad and include heritage management, archaeological sciences, and digital modeling. 

Sara Anderson.  I received my B.A. in Anthropology and Ancient Civilizations from the University of Iowa in 2012. After graduating, I worked on prehistoric sites in Kansas and Iowa. Last year my work on a Woodland site near Okoboji, Iowa, specifically the lithic assemblage, was presented at the 2015 Plains Conference. I also presented a more detailed version of this research at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Archaeological Society in 2016; where I used Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) to analysis the debitage assemblages from two seasons of field work. Currently I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology specializing in Professional Archaeology and I'm interested in prehistoric trade and exchange networks, and public education outreach. I also enjoy camping and hiking with my mini Australian Shepard, Wiley.


Jade Robison
received a B.A. in Archaeology with a minor in Classical Studies from The College of Wooster in Ohio in 2016. Her undergraduate studies focused largely on Mediterranean island archaeology, having completed a senior thesis investigating the Late Bronze Age Phoenician colonization of Sardinia, Italy. In 2013 she studied with the Archaeological Conservation Institute in Italy, working on the preservation of 1st c. AD Roman material, and contributed to fieldwork at the Bronze Age Nuragic site ant’Imbin Sardinia. In 2015 she participated in fieldwork with the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus at an Archaic – Roman period rural sanctuary, through funding from an NSF-REU grant. Presently she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology and works as an intern with the Collections Department at the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center. Other research interests include identity formation, collections management, and investigating cultural exchange networks. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, stargazing, and exploring new landscapes.

Brian Goodrich
received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2008 from Northwestern College (Iowa) with a focus on Medieval Europe. In 2007 he spent a semester abroad in Bangor, Wales and while not in class, travelled extensively across the British Isles. After visiting numerous archaeological sites he decided to pursue a graduate degree in historical archaeology. Currently, Brian is in his first semester in the Master of Arts program on the Professional Archaeology track. His interest is primarily focused on, but not limited to, Scandinavian expansion and trade in the Early Middle Ages, as well as the use of digital media in museum exhibits. Along with his interests in archaeology and history, Brian enjoys archery, backpacking, and spending time with his wife, Kim.

Amy Neumann
is pursuing a M.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in Professional Archaeology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology at Luther College in 2012. Her past Amy Neumanfieldwork includes excavating  Roman and Medieval sites in England, Colonial and Taino sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 20th century and Woodland culture sites in Iowa. Amy is currently employed at Homestead National Monument of America as an archives technician. Her academic interests include ceramic analysis, trade networks, digitizing archaeological and archival collections, and collection management. Amy also enjoys rock climbing, nature photography, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

Kami Ahrens
is studying historical archaeology with an emphasis on material culture and identity. She specifically intends to look at archaeological evidence of women’s everyday dress on the frontier.  She hails from St. Louis, where she studied history with a minor in anthropology at Lindenwood Unive
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rsity.  During this time, she participated in field work on the Blanchette House Project and Daniel Boone Village project, homes of two local notables, examining the material culture and landscape of the French Colonial and post-Revolutionary periods.  In addition to academic studies, she spent three years as a collections intern at the Missouri History Museum, studying the curation of textiles and management of museum collections.  This lengthy experience encouraged her to pursue a career as a curator.  Her four year old golden retriever moved to Lincoln with her and together they like to go for walks and find new ice cream places.  

Shauna Benjamin
is completing her Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology with a minor Shauna Benjaminin Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. She studied Chinese language and culture for four years at the Center for International Studies and received her Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Sociology with an Anthropology concentration in 2011 at the University of Nebraska - Omaha. Shauna’s narrative account of “Homefront Heroines: Nebraska’s Rosie the Riveters” and accompanying archival research were published in UNO’s Women’s Archive Project. Prior to graduate school, she worked for a reproductive justice organization doing issue-advocacy, community organizing, and strategic planning. Her academic interests include applied anthropology, faith expression, and Central Asian ethnic minority identity. Since joining the anthropology program, Shauna has worked in direct service for immigrant and refugee populations, with research methodologists at a multinational research and polling corporation, and as an instructor. Her free time is spent with her flat coated retriever, Brynna, and playing cards or board games with friends.

Morgan Beyer
received her B.A. in history with a minor in anthropology Morgan Beyerfrom the University of Kentucky in 2013 and moved to Lincoln that same year to pursue a master’s degree focusing on historical archaeology. While completing her undergraduate degree she worked as a costumed historical interpreter at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and became interested in both public archaeology and artifact curation. Along with being a grad student Morgan currently works as an archaeological technician in the collections department of the Midwest Archeological Center.  She is doing her thesis research on historic Native American camp sites with help from MWAC at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. She lives in Lincoln with a very spoiled Siamese named Clementine and is a University of Kentucky basketball fan. “Go Cats!"

Erin Carr
was born and raised in Yuba City, CA. She graduated Erin Carrwith an Associates of Arts from Yuba Community College in 2008.  In 2012 she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology with two minors in Archaeology and Art History from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Anthropology with an specialization in Professional Archaeology. Her Master’s thesis focuses on the geophysical signatures of sod structures in Custer County, NE.  She currently works as an archaeological technician for the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center in Lincoln, NE.


Zachary Day
received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in Anthropology and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts inZachary Day Archaeology. His thesis work consists of developing a non-destructive methodology using X-Ray Diffraction equipment on ceramics and pottery from Central Plains tradition sites located in and around Nebraska. Over the last six months, he has been expanding his interest and skill set into three dimensional recreations of archaeological sites. He has been using Geographic Information System software and 3D modelling software to recreate city and landscape environments in an immersive game engine with accurate georeferenced locations of past structures in areas such as Sulphur Springs, Oklahoma (see here) and Copan, Honduras (see here). His research interests include sourcing studies, GIS, 3D modelling and recreations.

Jonathan Ferguson Jon Ferguson is a cultural anthropology graduate student at UNL. He received his BA degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Nebraska. Shortly after graduating, he spent time in Honduras with the Peace Corps as an agricultural volunteer. Since then, he has owned a coffee roasting company and has traveled extensively to coffee growing regions developing relationships within the specialty coffee value chain. His current interests are in food security, agricultural value chains, and ecological anthropology. He loves spending time making pizza in his earth oven and catching softball pitches for his daughter.

Sean Field received his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Sean FieldWhile there he focused primarily on archaeology and bio-anthropology. He pursued topics on defensive architecture in prehistoric North American sites, modern human variation, and human evolutionary biology.  He also received full funding to study human osteological evidence in Karystos, Greece, focusing primarily on oral health and dental pathologies, which he presented at the annual AAPA's last year. Currently he is focused on South Western prehistoric archaeology. He is interested in the role of the built environment (primarily defensive architecture) and whether it promoted confinement to a geographic region or enabled the expansion of a group’s sphere of influence.

Nora Greiman received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from Nora GreimanTulane University in New Orleans, where she focused on evolutionary and physical anthropology with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies. She is pursuing a second M.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in Professional Archaeology from UNL, and recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities from the CDRH. Her research focuses on the human response to climate change in the Nebraska Sand Hills around the Medieval Climatic Anomaly. She currently works as an archeological technician with the collections program at the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center. She has previously taught courses in anthropology and archaeology in St. Louis and has participated in field projects in Belize, Israel, and several National Park Service units. In her spare time, Nora enjoys mystery novels, Husker football, playing bridge, and engaging in pun battles with her family.

Luke Hittner
received his undergraduate degree at St. CloudLuke Hittner State University in Minnesota in Anthropology. He is pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Professional Archaeology during his stay at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research is focused on northwestern Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota's badlands studying secondary lithic material sources and participating in multiple public archaeology events, which promote the use of private collections for digital heritage archives. He is currently employed by the Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Mountains as the assistant district archaeologist of the Calaveras District.  Luke also enjoys skateboarding, backpacking, and telling spooky stories around a campfire.

Aaron Pattee
is pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology and a certificate in Digital Aaron PatteeHumanities at University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  He received a Bachelor of Science in German and Pre-med studies with minors in Biochemistry and History of the Humanities in Medicine (HMED) in 2012 at UNL. He spent the previous eight months in Germany assembling 3D models of a medieval castle (Burg Hohenecken) using both laserscan and photogrammetric methods, with funding from the UNL Department of Anthropology.  While in Germany, he worked with the Universities of Heidelberg and Stuttgart to build the digital models of the castle. The models provide the digital component to his thesis, which explores the function and regional significance of the castle in order to contribute to its historical preservation. His research interests include the German High Middle Ages, Ancient Civilizations, and the Early Middle Ages of Western Europe.  See Aaron's work on Burg Hohenecken here.
Aaron presented a lecture at the Digital Humanities Faculty Fellows Forum, on November 10, 2015, which is available at:

Margaret (Margie) Robinson is pursuing an MA in Anthropology as well as a certificate in Digital Humanities at the University of Margaret RobinsonNebraska – Lincoln. Margie received her BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University in 2013. Her past fieldwork includes excavating megalithic monuments in Western Ireland in addition to investigating Late Woodland occupation sites in the North Carolina Piedmont. She has worked in cultural resource management as an archaeological technician excavating various archaeological sites including a Victorian home in Louisville, Kentucky and prehistoric Native American occupation sites in Southern Ohio and West Virginia. Currently, she is completing an internship at the Midwest Archaeological Center building web-based applications for cultural heritage that include a heavy utilization of digital techniques such as 3D modeling and Geographic Information Systems. Margie’s research interests include trade and exchange networks in the Ohio River Valley, ritual and social landscapes of the Ohio Hopewell, photogrammetry and heritage management. Margie grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is an avid Buckeyes fan. You can still see her wearing her Buckeye gear around Lincoln, Nebraska. O-H…I-O!!!

Rebecca Salem

Rebecca Salem is pursuing simultaneous MAs in Anthropology and Art History at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She received her BA in History and BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 and her MA in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London in 2013. She has previously worked with the Centre for Applied Archaeology in London, Global Heritage Fund UK, English Heritage, and at the UNESCO regional headquarters in Bangkok, where she worked on the publication of Asia Conserved Volume II. Her previous fieldwork in archaeology includes work with ArchaeoSpain at the Roman city of Clunia, the British School at Rome on the Segni Project in Italy from 2012-2014 and in 2015 as a site supervisor at Porta Nola, Pompeii. Most recently she worked on the Mazi Archaeological Project in both 2016 and 2017 as the tile specialist. Her research interests include Greco-Roman Art and Architecture, cultural exchange and connectivity, and heritage management.

Livia Taylor is pursuing an MA in Biological Anthropology.  Livia completed her BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology emphasis and Geospatial Sciences minor at Humboldt State University in 2012.  Livia's previous fieldwork includes work at Archaeotek's Racos excavation in Romania in 2011 and participation in their Intensive Osteology Workshop, as well as participation in the 2013 La Ferrassie excavation, and surveys and excavations throughout California and the Great Basin area.  Her current academic interests include human and primate evolution, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and bioarchaeology. Her thesis research focuses on non-metric dental variation among chimpanzee populations.