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Anthropology Tushingham Lab

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Shannon Tushingham, Ph.D. RPA

I am an anthropological archaeologist with research broadly centered on human-environmental relationships and the evolutionary archaeology of hunter-gatherer-fishers in western North America. My research program involves field, laboratory, and legacy collection studies in collaboration with indigenous communities that explore: (1) the behavioral ecology and evolution of hunter-gatherer socio-economic systems, (2) the evolution of psychoactive plant use by worldwide human cultures, and (3) equity and multivocality in STEM and the dissemination of knowledge. Current projects investigate women, leadership, and decision-making (past and present), the fundamental role of women in the development of storage based societies, and the historical ecology of coastal habitats and fisheries use.

See my faculty page for more information about my work.

shannon.tushingham@wsu.edu
 

Casey Baulne, M.A.

Ph.D. Student
I am a first year Ph.D. student, and Tribal Member of the Colville Tribes, with an interest in Indigenous archaeology, food sovereignty, medical anthropology, and the use of psychoactive plants worldwide. Previously, I earned a M.A in History, where I studied the history of the Colville Tribes and how that history impacted the diet of the Colvilles. At the root of this investigation were the changing economic structures (resource access, new technology, and mobility) and the roles Colvilles played in the new economy that evolved in each time period, all the way to the present. Ultimately, it was a study of human resilience and survivance in the face of great adversity. My thesis also concerned the health impacts these changes had, and continue to have, on the present-day population of Native Americans. More specifically how these dietary changes resulted in high rates of diabetes, obesity, and much shorter average life span for Natives in the United States. I plan to continue my research in this vein, but with the added skillsets afforded by anthropology and archaeology.

casey.baulne@wsu.edu
 

Molly Carney, M.A. RPA

Ph.D. Candidate
Broadly, I situate myself as an environmental archaeologist. I use paleoethnobotanical and geoarchaeological tools to explore how past people interacted with and related to natural and built environments. My dissertation research looks at the relationships between people, plants, landscapes, and environments. Specifically, I am exploring how people in the Northwest region used and managed plant foods, with a particular focus on camas (Camassia quamash). I am also interested in the architectural signatures of past Columbia-Fraser Plateau places and employ feminist, indigenous, and agency-focused lens’ to reframe past and present discussions on regional household archaeology. I am strongly committed to collaborative, inclusive, and multivocal archaeology and anthropology, and to bridging gaps between cultural resource management, academia, and the communities who have lived in the Plateau region since time immemorial.

molly.carney@wsu.edu
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William J. Damitio, M.A.

Ph.D. Student
I am a Ph.D. student focusing on the archaeology of the Pacific Northwest Plateau. My previous research has focused on pipes and smoking in the Pacific Northwest of North America. I have utilized a combination of geographic information system approaches and chemical residue analyses of artifacts to create a better understanding of the antiquity of smoking practices in this region.

I received my B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Western Washington University. While there, I participated in the marine invertebrate component of a large zooarchaeological project analyzing a site on the Olympic Peninsula. I have also been involved in archaeological collections management, in which I maintain an interest.

william.damitio@wsu.edu
 

Nichole A. Fournier, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from North Carolina State University, where I focused on Forensic Anthropology. I have an interest in research that draws on multiple disciplines to answer anthropological questions and is applicable to fields outside of anthropology, particularly genetics, human biology, and public health. I plan to use my background in human osteology in conjunction with several aspects of archaeological science in order to answer questions regarding human variation and population history. For my dissertation research, I plan to study a prehistoric human population living in the San Francisco Bay Area during a period of resource stress caused by a major drought. Using osteological, ancient DNA, and isotopic evidence, I will explore whether certain groups, such as ages or sexes, were more influenced by this resource stress and use this information to reconstruct population history.

nichole.fournier@wsu.edu
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Tiffany Fulkerson, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate
I am a Ph.D. Candidate with research that focuses on hunter-gatherers of the Pacific Northwest, gender and feminist approaches to archaeology, equity and multivocality issues in STEM, and decolonized approaches to archaeological practice. My current research explores relationships between families, geophyte processing, and decision making in the precontact Plateau, and how archaeological knowledge of landscape use intersects with contemporary health and food sovereignty issues. I am currently working with Shannon Tushingham to develop an Indigenous collaborative program that incorporates experimental cooking and nutritional data on plants in order to better understand past geophyte use and to support Indigenous efforts to maintain traditional diets. I actively research intersectional equity issues and the dissemination of knowledge in STEM, specifically with regard to publishing and participation in conferences and professional organizations. I am also actively involved in cultural resource management (CRM), where I have over ten years of experience working in government, private, and academic settings.

tiffany.fulkerson@wsu.edu
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Emily Helmer, M.A.

Ph.D. Student
I am a Ph.D. student specializing in the archaeology of the southern Northwest Coast. My Masters thesis demonstrated the importance of ancestral practice and persistent places in the settlement patterns of southern Oregon using site suitability modeling and spatial analysis. My dissertation research focuses on human-landscape relationships with an emphasis on Indigenous connections to land and place. My interests include geospatial analysis, collaborative archaeology, Indigenous ontologies, relationality, and resource management.

emily.helmer@wsu.edu
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Piyawit "Jiw" Moonkham, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology working with Dr. Shannon Tushingham, Dr. Julia Cassaniti and Dr. Colin Grier on a project that connects myth and folklore to historical landscape change in northern Thailand and Laos. I am interested in the role of the myth as clues to the ways that people have modified their cultural landscape and communally adapted to landscape changes. I am working on developing a theoretical approach that integrates archaeological and cultural theories to understand patterns of interaction and relations between human, objects, and the environment of early historic settlements in northern Thailand and Laos. My current research interests also include the social networks involved in collective memory, private and public spatial pattern, and soundscape of early Thai and Lao temples.

piyawit.moonkham@wsu.edu
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Dakota Wallen, M.A.

Ph.D. Student
I am currently a Ph.D. student focusing on archaeology under Dr. Shannon Tushingham. My current research focuses on the prehistory of the Columbia Plateau and Great Basin culture areas, especially lithic technology, land use practices, and resource exploitation.
I received my M.A in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from the University of Idaho, studying under Dr. Robert “Lee” Sappington. My thesis was on public archaeology in the Weiser River Valley in west-central Idaho, an area that was utilized by peoples of the Columbia Plateau and northern Great Basin. During my time at the University of Idaho I worked in the field doing cultural resource management with Lee Sappington and I worked at the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology as an archaeological laboratory technician, rehabilitating and curating collections. Most of my time was spent curating the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Technology collection.

dakota.wallen@wsu.edu