I'm originally from the border town of Nogales, but I call Tucson, Arizona my home. I completed my undergraduate career at the University of Arizona where I received a B.A. in Anthropology. I'm a Ronald E. McNair scholar. My past research experiences include exploring migrant material culture and clandestine migration in southern Arizona through archeological fieldwork with the Undocumented Migration Project and semi-structured interviews with southern Arizona residents. I have also contributed to a project concerning the traditional cultural properties of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Areas of Interest:
The ethnography of archaeology, cultural landscapes, heritage, migration, contemporary and historical archaeology.
I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) international educator and applied anthropologist with academic interests in transnational migration, tourism, and the cultural anthropology and human geography of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to pursuing a PhD in Anthropology with a focus on Latin American transnational migration, I also serve as the Coordinator of Short-Term Programs in Education Abroad. I earned a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Denver, where I used the anthropology of tourism and acculturation as theoretical frameworks for conducting ethnographic research on the sociocultural and economic impacts of education abroad programs on host families in Cuenca, Ecuador.
I am a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology (HPSfAA), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC).
As a zooarchaeologist, my research focuses on analyzing and interpreting vertebrate and invertebrate animal remains from archaeological sites to further investigate relationships between human activities, economies, and the environment throughout history. Current and future research is focused on excavating at early sites in Iceland within the framework of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation to develop new data and techniques to understand human reactions to short- and medium-term environmental changes.
In past research, I have specifically focused on animal use and husbandry during the the early colonial period in the Southeastern and Middle Atlantic United States. Past projects have focused on middling farmsteads and enslaved African quarters in rural northern Virginia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and investigations of animal remains from an early French colonial plantation on the Gulf coast of Mississippi to determine changes in animal use by the occupants through successive French, British, and Spanish colonial and early American periods.
Areas of Interest:
zooarchaeology, environmental archaeology, archaeology of global change, historic archaeology, human-environment interactions in colonial contexts.
Jeremy Trombley is a Doctoral student in the University of Maryland Department of Anthropology. He has done research on coal fired power in Western Kansas, Traditional Cultural Properties in Nevada, and invasive species in Maine and the Mid-Atlantic. His areas of interest include environmental anthropology, science and technology studies, activist research methods, and post-constructivist theory. He blogs at Struggle Forever!
Elizabeth is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland studying environmental anthropology. After several years of working with Chesapeake environmental management programs, Elizabeth decided to pursue graduate studies in anthropology as a means to contribute to broadening understandings of the human dimensions of environmental issues. She is particularly interested in applied research that sits at the boundaries of interdisciplinary work and enhances community-based environmental management in coastal regions. Her research to date has focused on investigating the underlying socio-cultural and socio-political drivers and processes that affect community response to harmful algal blooms mitigation in the Chesapeake Bay region. For her doctoral research, she is interested in exploring the political ecology of ‘place’ construction, and understanding the implications of place-making processes on socio-ecological resilience.
Areas of Interest:
Environmental anthropology, ecological anthropology, socio-ecological resilience, space and place, cultural landscapes, political ecology, visual anthropology, Chesapeake Bay, harmful algae, climate change
Megan E. Springate (2013) Reform and Archaeology. Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, UK, Jan. [accepted]
Hilda Maclean and Megan E. Springate (2013) Death at the Edge of Empire and Beyond: The Divergent Histories of Coffin Furniture and Coffin Hardware. Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, UK, Jan. [accepted]
Megan E. Springate (2012) Girl Guests and The Spirit of God in Woman: Retreat and Reform at Wiawaka Holiday House, Lake George, New York. Conference on New York State History, June.
Megan E. Springate and Amy Raes (2012) The Power of Choice: Reflections of Economic Ability, Status, and Ethnicity in the Foodways of a Free Black Family in Northwestern NJ. Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, TN, Apr.
Megan E. Springate (2012) Labor, Leisure, and Control: Wiawaka Holiday House as a Progressive Era Heterotopia. AnthroPlus, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Mar.
Megan E. Springate (2008) Material Culture of the 17th Century Swedish Settlers. The 17th Century in the Delaware Valley: An Archaeological Symposium Sponsored by the Delaware SHPO, New Castle, DE, May.
Megan E. Springate (2003) Panel Discussion, Archaeology of a NJ Tavern Site. Piety, Politics and Public Houses: Churches, Taverns and Revolution in NJ New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, March.
Megan E. Springate, Carole Sinclair-Smith and Katrina Richter (2003) Minors in the Tavern: Helping Kids Dig Into History. Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, Williamsburg, VA. June.