The Research Institute community is comprised of Crow Canyon research staff, research volunteers, and external research associates. Each play an integral role in the research, education, and American Indian initiatives of Crow Canyon. The Research Institute seeks to function "without walls"—we facilitate collaborations that transcend disciplinary and geographic boundaries. In particular, we are developing projects with academics, American Indian tribes, teachers and schools, and contract archaeologists.


Research Staff

Crow Canyon staff—in the Archaeology, Education, American Indian Initiatives, and Cultural Explorations departments—are the core research team at Crow Canyon, while also being devoted educators and curators of the archaeological past. Through educational programs and collaborations with American Indians, our staff invites the public to collaborate in cutting-edge archaeological research. Interested in joining the Crow Canyon team? Check out our current job openings!



David Boyle
Explorations Coordinator
David works for the Cultural Explorations Department as a travel coordinator and guide.
Kate Cochran
Archaeology Laboratory Assistant
Kate is interested lithic and textile technologies, Southwestern and Great Basin archaeology, and public archaeology.
Grant Coffey
Supervisory Archaeologist
Grant is interested in how communities organize, evolve, and interact with each other.
Steve Copeland
Field Archaeologist
Steve is interested in teaching the field aspects of archaeological investigations.
Shanna Diederichs
Supervisory Archaeologist
Shanna is a Southwestern Archaeologists interested in the origins of Pueblo social institutions.
Paul Ermigiotti
Educator Archaeologist
Paul is interested in natural history, pottery replication, corn domestication and its importance in pueblo culture.
Todd Kearns
Explorations Coordinator
Todd is a travel coordinator, interested in past and present cultural landscapes of the Southwest.
Kristin Kuckelman
Research Publications Manager
Kristin is a research archaeologist, writer, and editor who studies violence, subsistence stress, and paleohydrology.
Michael Lorusso
Laboratory Education Coordinator
Michael is a lab archaeologist interested in southwest material culture, collections management, and public archaeology.
Jamie Merewether
Collections Manager
Jamie is interested in material culture and what it can tell us about life in the past.
Director of Cultural Explorations
Sarah is an anthropologist interested in the impact of cultural tourism and experiential learning.
Susan Ryan
Director of Archaeology
Susan is a scientist who researches the built environment and community formation in the ancient Southwest.
Laboratory Manager
Kari is an anthropological archaeologist interested in material culture as a means of understanding past social relationships.
Dylan Schwindt
Systems Administrator
Dylan is interested in applying innovative solutions in database systems, GIScience, and advanced computing technology to archaeological research and education programs.
Field Archaeologist
Becca is a multidisciplinary archaeologist interested in public outreach, archaeology education, and culture contact studies.
Caitlin Sommer
Supervisory Archaeologist
Caitlin is a field archaeologist interested in using knowledge gained in the past to inform the present.
Kate Thompson
Explorations Coordinator
Kate works for the Cultural Explorations Department as an adventure-travel coordinator and guide.
Mark Varien
Executive Vice President of the Research Institute
Mark is interested in Puebloan culture history, archaeology and public education, and American Indian involvement in archaeology.

Research Interns

Crow Canyon offers summer internships in archaeology, education, and American indian initiatives. Our interns spend extended periods working with Crow Canyon researchers and participating in educational programs. Many Crow Canyon interns have gone on to have illustrious careers in academia, government, and the private sector. Interested in being an intern at Crow Canyon? Visit here to apply!



Laboratory Intern
Tara is a Technical Specialist at UNM's Office of Contract Archaeology interested in perishable material culture and provenience analysis.
Field Intern
Kelsey studies prehistoric uses of both natural and constructed landscapes and the multiscalar nature of social and ritual practice.
Laboratory Intern
Allison is interested in lithic technologies, rock art, and prehistoric trade connections throughout the Southwest.
Laboratory Intern
Rebecca studies the interplay between community conformity and individuality through household archaeology and ceramic analysis.
Laboratory Intern
Bethany is a graduate student at Utah State University interested in lithic tool organization, and lab and curatorial research.


Research Volunteers

Volunteers are crucial members of the Crow Canyon research team. From analyzing artifacts, to entering data, to leading site tours and cultural explorations, our research volunteers constantly challenge us to make archaeology at Crow Canyon relevant and accessible. Interested in becoming a lab, education, or cultural explorations volunteer? Contact us!



Bob Bernhart
Lab Volunteer
Bob is an avocational archaeologist, cultural site steward, and Crow Canyon lab volunteer.
Read Brugger
PFP Volunteer
Read is excited to explore the intersection of Pueblo farmers' enduring agricultural practices and today's rapidly changing climate.
Anne Dehnisch
Lab Volunteer
Anne is interested in the change and continuity of ancient pottery forms, indications of regionalism, decorative motifs and stylistic development.
Jane Dillard
Lab Volunteer
Jane is just grateful that she has the choicest BM III property in Montezuma County.
Nancy Evans
Library/Explorations Volunteer
Nancy is inventorying the Crow Canyon research library in addition to her work with Cultural Explorations.
Larry Keller
Lab Volunteer
Larry is a retired attorney and has been a volunteer in the lab at Crow Canyon since 2010.
Robin Lyle
Lab Volunteer/Research Associate
Robin is a poultry research scientist interested in ancient agriculture, turkey husbandry, and material cultures of the past.
Lew Matis
Lab Volunteer
Lew is interested in pottery design, geological sourcing of chipped stone, and methods of reconstructing past environments.
Bob McBride
Lab Volunteer
Bob enjoys recording ancient sites on private property and has 200+ sites recorded thus far with Colorado's OAHP.
Diane McBride
Lab Volunteer
Diane is the Director of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance and coordinator of the Site Stewardship, both supporting AHC and CANM.
Dave Melanson
Lab Volunteer
Dave is exploring the causes, effects, and cultural trajectories of ancient and modern social transformations.
Susan Montgomery
Lab Volunteer
Susan is a Crow Canyon Earthwatch alumna and experimental potter interested in the archaeology of southwestern peoples.
Mary Schultz
Lab Volunteer
Mary is passionate about analyzing artifacts and preparing them for curation.


Research Associates

The Research Associates of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center are external researchers who are actively collaborating with other Crow Canyon researchers on specific projects. Many of our research associates have long-standing relationships with Crow Canyon, and provide crucial domain-specific expertise. Research associates are welcome to visit Crow Canyon to collaborate on specific projects, and may apply to be scholars-in-residence at the Research Institute house for extended periods. If you are interested in starting a new research collaboration with Crow Canyon researchers and becoming a research associate, please contact us!



Independent Researcher
Karen is a paleoethnobotanist focused on plants important in subsistence and for other daily needs.
New Mexico State University
Fumi is an archaeologist who studies southwestern archaeology, particularly the Mesa Verde and Mimbres regions.
Independent Researcher
Kyle is a computational archaeologist interested in human-environment interactions in the past, present, and future.
Simon Fraser University
Jon has studied animal bones from archaeological sites in the Southwest for thirty years.
Earlham College
Cynthia is a geoarchaeologist who studies the interaction between culture and natural materials, primarily soils and lithics.
University of Notre Dame
Donna is an anthropological archaeologist studying transformation, disruption, and resiliency in Southwestern societies.
Washington State University
Time applies method and theory from the study of complex adaptive systems to the study of prehistoric societies.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Steve’s research focuses mainly on Chaco Canyon and Mimbres, and on archaeological method and theory.
Washington State University
Bill is an archaeologist with expertise in the North American Southwest, archaeological method and theory, and cultural resource management.
Independent Researcher
Robin is a poultry research scientist interested in ancient agriculture, turkey husbandry, and material cultures of the past.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Deb does research that investigates the origins and evolution of violence in human history.
University of North Texas
Lisa is a zooarchaeologist interested in archaeological method and theory, philosophy of science, conservation biology, and biogeography.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Scott works on the initial formation of ancestral Pueblo society, its transformation into the Rio Grande pueblos, and the practical value of archaeological findings for society today.
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Radoslaw examines settlement structure and the socio-cultural changes around Sand Canyon Pueblo during the 13th Century.
PaleoWest Archaeology
Jim is an archaeologist interested in communal ritual and the organization of prehistoric communities.
Independent Researcher
Laurie is an anthropologist who specializes in the perishable material culture of the U.S. Southwest.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Devin leverages GIScience, big data, and high performance computing to explore large, complex archaeological questions.
Independent Researcher
Rich studies the earliest great house communities, Navajo ethnogenesis, and current issues in public archaeology.
University of North Texas
Steve Wolverton is an ethnobiologist who specializes in environmental archaeology and animal ecology.