Graduate Students

Graduate Students: Current and Recent Graduates
But first, a Video Collection of Graduate Student Projects

Current Graduate Students

Ellis Codd is currently pursuing a M.A. in Anthropology, specializing in Professional Archaeology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. He is in his first year in graduate school, and first year in Nebraska. He received his B.A. in 2017 from the University of New Hampshire, with minors in Earth Science and History. Past fieldwork includes survey and excavation of Maya settlements in Belize with the BREA project, and excavation around historical buildings in Portsmouth, NH. He is interested in the use of satellites and digital modeling in the study of Mesoamerica and the Southwest.


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. 

Cole Juckette is pursuing a Master of arts in Anthropology along with a digital humanities
certificate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his B.A. in Art History and
Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology at the University of Nebraska in the spring of 2017. He has conducted fieldwork in Archaeology at the Antiochia ad Cragum site in southeastern Turkey, and the UNESCO world heritage Mayan site in Copan Honduras, as well as medical and cultural research in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh located in the high himalayan region.
His focus is in digital humanities and digital archaeology, specifically, working with GIS, laser
scanning, and SfM, or surface from motion modeling such as photogrammetry. Particularly he is
interested in how these technologies can be integrated into immersive programs such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in order to create interactive research and exhibit designs.

Katlyn Likely received her B.A. in archaeology and a minor in sociology from Lindenwood U

niversity inSaint Charles, Missouri.  She worked in the Lindenwood University Archaeological Laboratory for three years; in which one year she held the position of laboratory director. During her employment and studies at Lindenwood University, she worked on many sites including Daniel Boone Home, the Lindenwood excavation, the Kress Farm Garden Preserve’s prehistoric sites, and many more. She presented her research, consisting of an experimental archaeology project, at multiple local and national conferences.

Along with working at Lindenwood’s laboratory, she also held a position with Missouri Department of Natural Resource-Division of State Parks, where she focused on the conservation and interpretation of multiple historic sites near her hometown of Pilot Knob, Missouri. Because of her work with Missouri State Parks, she is interested in public education and the conservation of archaeological sites. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in prehistoric archaeology; hoping to focus on aquatic subsistenc

e methods in the Great Plains. She recently moved to Lincoln in July 2017 with her boyfriend of three years and her 7 year old rescue dog, and all three enjoy exploring the beautiful landscape of Nebraska.

Ryan Mathison received a B.A. in Classics and Ancient Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minesota

 in May of 2016. He has worked with St. Olaf’s ancient coin collection, creating an online database for the college Classics department so that the coins could be more easily viewed and studied. He has also participated in four different excavations in three different countries. One on a Greek and Roman site in a suburb of Athens called Voula duri

ng his semester at College Year in Athens. The others were in Oradea, Romania, Murighiol, Romania, and Mackinac City, Michigan. In Oradea, he worked on a CRM operation with the Association for Promoting Transylvanian Archaeological Heritage. In Murighiol, he worked on a Roman fort called Halmyris. In Michigan, he participated in excavations at Colonial Michilimackinac in a fur trader’s house. At UNL, Ryan is working towards his M.A. in Anthropology on the Professional Archaeology track with a desire to work in contract archaeology in the United States. His specific interests are still quite broad, but he has always been fascinated by military history and archaeology in any time period, especially Greek and Roman. In fact, his first real introduction into military history came in seventh grade when he learned about Hannibal and his Carthaginian army.

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.


Andrea Kruse received her BA in Anthropology in 2008 from Luther College, with a Field School looking at 20th century and Woodland culture sites in Iowa. After Luther, she served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria where she held an archaeology camp for two different orphanages and fell in love with the country and its world's oldest worked gold.  Received an MA in Organizational Leadership with an Ethics and Leadership Certificate; went into the business world for a bit. Most recently has been working for the USDA Forest Service in the Routt National Forest in Northwest Colorado as an Archaeology Tech.  Currently, Andrea is in the MA Anthropology program focusing on Professional Archaeology along with a Certificate in Digital Humanities. Her interest are public archaeology and outreach, GIS, heritage management, Rocky Mountains, Paleoindians, lithics, and the rise and fall of the Vikings. In her spare time she likes to bike, hike, ski, and travel. 

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.


Maxwell Rooney received his B.A. from Luther College with a major in anthropology and a minor in classical studies. While studying at Luther he was a collections assistant for the college’s anthropology laboratory specializing in its’ archaeological collections. While at Luther, Maxwell was able to experience many different facets of anthropology; most notably the typing of the projectile points from Luther’s extensive Gavin Sampson Collection, 3 weeks of cultural fieldwork examining ecotourism’s effect on the pastoralist Maasai of northern Tanzania, and a multi-institutional collaborative research project investigating the flattening of the C6 and C7 vertebrae in a collection of remains unearthed on the hilltop archaeological site of Magone, near the basin of Mexico.

While his research has been multifaceted, Maxwell’s main anthropological focus remains in biological anthropology, and he is working towards a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln focusing on human osteology and forensic anthropology. 

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.


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.

Rebecca Salem is pursuing simultaneous MAs in Anthropology and Art History at the University ofNebraska

Rebecca Salem - 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.

Life After Graduation: Stories from our Recently Graduated MA Students

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 University.  During this time, she participated in field work on the Blanchette House Project a

Kami Ahrensand 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.  

Zachary Day In May of 2016 I received my Master’s Degree in Professional Archaeology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Anthropology Department with my Master’s thesis focused on using chemistry based techniques, specifically X-Ray Diffraction, to characterize 

Zachary Day

and test the validity of the methods to source the clay materials used to construct ceramics from the Central Plains tradition, a local Nebraska group dating back to approximately 900 to 1200 A.D. Since receiving my Master’s degree, I have moved on to the University of Kansas, with a position in their Anthropology Department as part of the Ph.D. program with a specific focus in Archaeology. The skills I acquired at UNL, digital reconstructions of historic sites and landscapes, GIS based software experience, 3D modelling techniques and software have assisted me in a number of projects here at KU, in addition to the chemistry based techniques which have assisted me in furthering my dissertation topic here at KU. Additionally, the valuable time I spent as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at UNL has not gone to waste here at KU. Building upon my experience as a GTA at UNL, I have been given the opportunity be one of the GTAs for the Archaeology Fieldschool held this past summer in addition to my current position as the Lead GTA for the Anth 160/360 course (The Varieties of Human Experiences) here at KU. Skills developed at UNL have assisted in my development here at KU, skills which include: which entails teaching four discussion sessions a week related to the overall courses lectures and reading material, in addition to designing the exams and questions, grading, teaching new GTAs and assisting them in their development for the Anth 160/360 course, as well as taking charge of several lectures for the overall lecture course. Additionally, we are in the process of developing a course of my own which will focus very much on the digital skills I developed while attending UNL for my Master’s degree.

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.  Jon graduated in the summer of 2017 and is now employed a the green coffee buyer for the Arbor Day Foundation.  

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.

After finishing his degree in spring 2017 Sean joined the doctoral program in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame with full support.  There he will continue his research on Chaco Canyon roads using remote sensing and phtogammetry techniques.

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

I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Anthropology Program Spring 2016 with a Master of Arts in Anthropology on the Professional Archaeology track. My thesis research was split into two sections. First, I developed and tested a methodology for quantifying RGB color with ultra-violet light in order to distinguish two visibly similar lithic materials (Knife River Flint and White River Group Silicates). Secondly, I developed and refined public interpretation methodology to use for the "Artifact Roadshows" in order to assist the gathering of data from private collections in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. A paper about the processes of the "Artifact Roadshow" has been published in the Journal of World Archaeology ( along with Dr. Matthew Douglass, recent graduate Michael Chodoronek, and UNL alumni Dennis Kuhnel. 

My first position within the fields of interpretation and archaeology was at the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center, as a seasonal United States Forest Service GS-03 Information Receptionist. Throughout my career, I have worked as a seasonal Archaeological Technician or Lead Interpretive Park Ranger for the USFS in South Dakota, Nebraska, California, and Wyoming. I received a permanent position to work for the Idaho BLM as the GS-09/11 Burley Field Office Archaeologist in November, 2016. 

I currently manage cultural resources on nearly 1 million acres of federally managed lands in Idaho. Within that area, we manage the American Falls Archaeological District which is a significant cultural landscape to the Shoshone, Bannock, and Paiute peoples of the Great Basin. I am responsible for assuming the duties of Tribal Liaison to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley which include regular government-to-government consultation, technical staff-to-staff meetings, and the Wings & Roots Tribal Campfire consultation process. I am responsible for maintaining and updating cultural resource GIS databases, conducting cultural resource survey projects, assisting as a member of NEPA Interdisciplinary Teams, assuming the roles of a wild-land firefighter and resource adviser, and contracting archaeological consultants for Class III cultural resource surveys within the Burley Field Office.

Coming from an interpretation background, I have been developing a field office interpretation plan for publicly accessible cultural resources including the California Trail, Oregon Trail, and the American Falls Archaeological District. Additionally, we are developing scoping processes to bring the methodology of the "Artifact Roadshow" to Idaho in the near future.

My M.A. from UNL allowed me to develop, harness, and grow relationships that have strengthened my desire to manage cultural resources and engage with the public about the work both federal and private archaeologists do for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people. The "Artifact Roadshow" program that was developed with the help of Dr. Matthew Douglass, and the United States Forest Service is a direct result of my time learning and interacting with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Anthropology department. I believe that, we, as archaeologists have an intrinsic duty to become the storytellers and interpreters of the resource of which the American public entrusts us as stewards for. In turn, we must listen to the public to understand what stories they want to know more about.

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!!!

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.