Graduate Students

Tanzina Afrin PhotoTanzina Afrin - PhD Student
B.S. Military Institute of Science and Technology, Bangladesh
M.S. IHE, the Netherlands
M.S. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Kory Konsoer
River Dynamics, Sediment Transport, Hydrodynamics, Hydrology

Ashlee Autore     Ashlee Autore - MS Student
     B.S. Meteorology & Climatology, University of Delaware
     Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
     Meteorology, climatology, climate extremes, teleconnections

Kathleen BenedettoKathleen Benedetto - PhD Student
B.S. Psychology, LSU
M.S.W., Tulane University
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Extreme climate events, hurricanes

Krista BennetKrista Bennett - PhD Student
B.A. Psychology, B.A. Anthropology, University of North Texas
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Skeletal Trauma, Osteology

Rianna Bowen      Rianna Bowen - MA Student
      B.A. Louisiana State University
      Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
      Maya Archaeology, GIS, Spatial Relations, Social Organization, Cultural Resource Management

Jayla Campbell      Jayla Campbell - MA Student
      B.A. Louisiana State University
      Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
      Osteology, human evolution, forensic anthropology, paleopathology

Charles CananCharles Canan - PhD Student
A.S. Emergency Medical Services, Nicholls State University
B.S. Allied Health - Professional Practice, Nicholls State University 
M.S. Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Arkansas Tech University 
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Disaster sciences; interests include physical geography, hydrology, and geomorphology

Sharon Cilano     Sharon Cilano - PhD Student
      BA Anthropology 2016 Hartwick College / Oneonta, NY
      MA Teaching 2019 Northwestern State University of Louisiana / Natchitoches, LA
      Associates of General Studies 2016 Northwestern State University of Louisiana 
      Advisor: Dr. Brody and Dr. Regis 
      Cultural anthropology and ethnographic methods, educational anthropology, zoological parks, ecology/conservation

Adam CoxAdam Cox - MS Student
B.A. Lawrence University
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Historic maps, web GIS, open source GIS software development, Louisiana history

Elizabeth CruzadoElizabeth Cruzado Carranza - PhD Student
B.A. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
M.A. University of Memphis
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Andean archaeology, mortuary practices, archaeobotany, public archaeology, site preservation, museum studies, identity, cultural heritage

Juliana DelgadoJuliana Delgado - MS Student
B.A. Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, Colombia
M.A. Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Human Geography, Local and Regional Development, Urban and Rural Planning, Land Use, Forest Policies, Rural Communities, GIS, Colombia, Latin America

Adam Dohrenwend Adam S. Dohrenwend - PhD Student
B.A. Geography, SUNY Geneseo
M.A. Geography, University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
South America, political ecology, geographies of consumption, agriculture, globalization

Kevin Durbin Kevin Durbin - PhD Student
B.S. Louisiana State University
M.S. Georgia Tech
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban and transportation geography, land use patterns and policy, public policy and administration, GIS, urban scenario modeling

Katherine Elder Katherine Elder - MA Student
B.A. Anthropology and French
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensics and Bioarchaeology

Monica Fenton Monica Fenton - MA Student
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Archaeology, the Andes, Lower Central America, gender, queerness, bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, mortuary practices

Blaine Fisher    Blaine Fisher - PhD Student
     B.S. Southeastern Louisiana University 
     M.S. University of New Orleans
     M.L.A. Tulane University
     Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
     Impact of Manmade and Natural Disasters on Ancient Societies, The Terminal Classic Maya Collapse, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in                               archaeological Research,  Evolution of Archaeology into the Digital Space, Geographical and Environmental Impacts on Ancient Societies, Ancient Myths:                                                        Separating Fact from Fiction

Conner Flynt Conner Flynt - MA Student
B.A. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop 
Maya Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, Ancient History, Maya Epigraphy

Cheryl Foster Cheryl M Foster - PhD Student
B.A. University of Central Florida
M.A. University of Central Florida
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Maya Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Geology, Herbalism, Environmental Archaeology

Margaret Furtner Margaret Furtner - PhD Student
B.A. DePauw University
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Juliet Brophy
Paleoanthropology, Osteology, Dental Anthropology

Madeline Fussell    Madeline Fussell - MA Student
     B.A. Louisiana State University
     Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
     New Orleans, race, clothing and physical adornment, housing, public policy

Christopher Goden    Christopher Goden - MA Student
     B.S. Anthropology, Kennesaw State University 
     Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
     Forensic anthropology and skeletal variation

Cameron Goff     Cameron Goff - MS Student
     B.S. University of Delaware
     B.A. University of Delaware
     Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
     Tropical Meteorology, Tropical Cyclone Climatology, Impacts of Tropical Cyclones, Teleconnections, Risk Communication

Melinda Gonzalez Melinda González - PhD Student
B.A. Barnard College of Columbia University 
M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
Advisor: Dr. Micha Rahder
Socio-cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, environmental anthropology, music as resistance, language and culture, food studies, land rights, indigenous rights, Latin America and the Caribbean

Megan Greene     Megan Greene - MA Student
     B.S. Fordham University
     B.A. Fordham University
     Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
     Osteology, Paleopathology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Identification

SK Groll SK Groll - PhD Student
B.A. Case Western Reserve University
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Mary Jill Brody
Sociocultural and public anthropology, ethnography of social movements, political economy, geography of resistance, politics of education, medical anthropology, body ideals, gender, sexual health, adolescent cultures

Amy Hair     Amy Hair - PhD Student
      B.A. Michigan State University 
      M.A. The University of Southern Mississippi 
      Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
      Andean archaeology, bioarchaeology, mortuary practices, 3D technologies, cultural heritage

Ya Han Ya Han - PhD Student
B.S. Geography, Peking University 
M.S. Geography, Peking University
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
GIS, urban planning, climate change

Kenetha Harrington Kenetha Harrington - PhD Student
M.A. St. Xavier University
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Jackson, Dr. Helen Regis
African diaspora archaeology, historical archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, slavery in America, black culture, space, ethnohistory, and identity

Dwayne Hinton Dwayne Hinton - MA Student
A.A Baton Rouge Community College
A.S. Baton Rouge Community College
B.A. Louisiana State University
B.A.M.C. Louisiana State University
B.I.S. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Maya Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, 3-D Imaging, Drones, Louisiana Mounds, Wood Identification, Botany

Abigail Houkes      Abigail Houkes - MA Student
      B.S. Florida State University
      Advisor:  Dr. Ginesse Listi
      Biocultural Analysis, Forensic identification, Human Osteology, Skeletal Trauma

Rodney Hughes      Rodney Hughes - PhD Student
      B.F.A Pratt Institute
      M.A. Union Theological Seminary
      Advisor: Dr. Joyce M. Jackson
      African spiritual traditions in the Americas, shamanic praxis, ritual artifacts, and performance, comparative mystical and ecstatic traditions, deification,                  biblical prophecy, and social justice

Antonia Ingram     Antonia Ingram - PhD Student
     B.A. Luther Rice University and Seminary
     Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
     Advisor:  Dr. Joyce Jackson
     Theological and cultural anthropology, African American culture, identity, urban and rural ethnography, folklore, racial inequality

Liam Johnson     Liam Johnson - MA Student
     B.S. University of South Florida
     Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
     Forensic Anthropology, Taphonomy, Bioarchaeology, GIS, and 3D Technologies

Christina Joseph     Christina Joseph - PhD Student
     B.A. Augusta University
     M.A. Georgia State University
     Advisor:  Dr. Juliet Brophy
     Paleoanthropology, Evolution, Dental Anthropology, Sexuality, Identity 

Marisa Karpinski Marisa Karpinski - MS Student
B.S. University of Delaware
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Tropical climatology, hurricanes, climate communication, risk perception

Mat Keel Mat Keel - PhD Student
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
Political ontology, political ecology, decoloniality, plant neurobiology, African plant diaspora, Brazil

Brandy Kerr Brandy Kerr - MA Student
B.A. Anthropology, Louisiana State University
B.A. Spanish, Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Prehistoric Plaquemines culture in southeast Louisiana

Hyunjoong Kim Hyunjoong Kim - PhD Student
B.S. Anyang University, South Korea
M.S. Anyang University, South Korea
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Simulation Model, Spatial Disparity, Spatial Statistical Analysis Method

Natalie King    Natalie King - MA Student
     B.S. University of Southern Mississippi
     Advisor:  Dr. Ginesse Listi
     Forensic Anthropology, Skeletal Trauma, Forensic Identification, Biological Profile Analysis, 3D Technologies 

Riley Kloostra      Riley Kloostra - MA Student
      B.A. Louisiana State University
      Advisor: Dr. Juliet Brophy
      Paleoanthropology, taphonomy, museum studies, human evolution

Tawa Lasisi Tawakalitu Lasisi - MA Student
 B.A. University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
 Advisor:  Dr. Mary Jill Brody 
 Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Ethnography, Oral History

Jiyoung Lee Jiyoung Lee - PhD Student
B.A. Sungshin Women's University
M.A. Sungshin Women's University
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
GIS, Geo visualization, Interactive map, Geospatial big data analysis, Remote Sensing

Liang Yuan Liang - MS Student
B.S. Ludong University

Hollie Lincoln     Hollie Lincoln - PhD Student
      B.A. Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Duluth
      M.S. Cultural Resource Management Archaeology, St. Cloud State University
      Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
      Maya Archaeology, Lithic Resources, GIS, Cartography, Spatial Relationships, Social Organization

Kaitlyn Lowrance Kaitlyn Lowrance - MA Student
B.A. University of North Carolina Wilmington
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Andean archaeology, trade and cultural interactions, public archaeology, Spanish colonization in the southeastern United States

Irene Marti-Gil Irene Martí-Gil - PhD Student
B.A. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 
M.A. University College London
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Islamic archaeology, archaeology of Spanish missions, linguistic anthropology

Brant Mitchell Brant Mitchell - PhD Student
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim

Benjamin Moss      Benjamin Moss - PhD Student
      B.S. University of Oregon
      M.A. Wichita State University
      Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
      Human osteology and the cranium

Margeaux Murray Margeaux Murray - MA Student
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Plaquemine/Mississippian culture, Southeast US, Contact archaeology, Historical archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Public Outreach

Christopher Nicosia Christopher Nicosia - PhD Student
B.A. Suny Oneonta
M.S. Illinois State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Bioarchaeology, Skeletal Biology, Social Landscapes (i.e., Social Identity, Gender), Paleopathology, Mortuary Patterning, Diet

lsu Moses Okonkwo - MS Student 
B.S. Obafemi Awolowo University

Olumide Omotere Olumide Omotere - PhD Student
B.S. Obafemi Awolowo University
M.S. University North Texas
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang 
Hydrology, Soil Moisture Dynamic, Remote sensing, GIS, Data Analytics

Erika Ornouski    Erika Ornouski - MS Student
     B.A. California State University, Sacramento
     Advisor:  Dr. Kristine DeLong
     Storms and extreme rainfall, atmospheric rivers, tropical climatology, ENSO, the East Asian Monsoon, paleotempestology, marine and coastal ecology,                   Japan, Oceania w/emphasis on Palau, the Laguna Madre

Kylie Palmer      Kylie Palmer - PhD Student
      B.S. Florida Gulf Coast University
      B.A. Florida Gulf Coast University
      M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      Advisor: Dr. Kristine DeLong
      Paleoclimate reconstructions, conservation paleobiology, paleoecology, marine biology/ecology, coral reef ecology/biology, hurricanes, tropical climatology,        climate change

Jessie Parrott      Jessie Fay Parrott - MS Student
       B.A. Bard College at Simon’s Rock
       Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
       Climate change adaptation, climate migration, climate change education, climate justice, community adaptation & resilience, science education, climate               communication, climate policy, science curriculum development 

lsu Roysean Philson - MS Student
B.A. College of Charleston

Michel Pujazon Michel F. Pujazón - MA, MS Student
B.A. University of Florida
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Spectroscopy, artifact sourcing, GIS, sacred landscapes, human-environment interaction

Melanie Puka     Melanie Puka - PhD Student
      B.A. Development Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
      L.L.B. Victoria University of Wellington
      M.S. Development Studies Victoria University of Wellington
      Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
      Oceania, diaspora, cultural geography, identities

Sadie Schoeffler     Sadie Schoeffler - MA Student
     B.A. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
     Advisor:  Dr. Ginesse Listi
     Forensic Anthropology, Osteology, Bioarchaeology, Southeastern Archaeology

Nan Shang Nan Shang - PhD Student
B.S. Wuhan University
M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Shelly Meng
UAV, remote sensing and GIS application, 3D topographic mapping

Sumaiya Siddique Sumaiya Siddique - PhD Student
B.S. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
M.S. Geography, Auburn University, Alabama
Advisor:  Dr. Kory Konsoer
River erosion assessment, flood hazard modeling, climatic hazards, GIS and remote sensing

Samira Soleimani photo Samira Soleimani - PhD Student
B.S. Iran University of Technology
M.S. K. N. Toosi University of Technology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
Spatial Statistics, Spatial Prediction Models, Machie Learning, Traffic Safety Data Modeling, Analysis and Visualization

Brett Spencer Brett Spencer - PhD Student
B.A. Kent State
M.A. University of New Orleans
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Historical geography of the Mosquitia (Honduras and Nicaragua), indigenous activism, urban geography, Central American Caribbean

Michael Stein Michael Stein - MS Student
B.A. Louisiana State University 
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
GIS, Urban Geography

Kenny Sutherland Kenny Sutherland - PhD Student
B.S. and B.A Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Digital imaging, GIS, remote sensing, human-environment interactions, foodways, festivals, religion, material culture, east Asia, Andes

Arielle Sutton     Arielle Sutton - MS Student
     B.S. Louisiana State University
     Advisor:  Dr. Barry Keim

Derek Thompson Derek Thompson - PhD Student
B.S. Western Kentucky University
M.S. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Meteorology, climatology, applied climatology, GIS, statistics, tropical cyclone size, heat

Dan Tian Dan Tian - PhD Student
B.S. Sun Yat-sen University
M.S. University of Bristol
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
GIS, remote sensing, flooding, natural hazards and risk assessment

Kenneth Tremblay Kenneth Tremblay - MA Student
B.A. Eckerd College
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Bioarchaeology, osteology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, zooarchaeology

April Walton April Walton - MA Student
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Osteology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology

Jacob WarnerJacob Warner - PhD Student

B.A. Louisiana State University
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine, Dr. Kristine DeLong
Peruvian archaeology, paleoclimate reconstruction, El Niño-Southern oscillation, human-environment interaction

     Sabrina Williamson Sabrina Williamson - MA Student
      B.A. BIOLA University
      Advisor:  Dr. Ginesse Listi
      Forensic anthropology, paleopathology, biological distance, osteology

Yue Wu Yue Wu - PhD Student
B.S. Southwest Forestry University
M.S. Binghamton University
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Spatial analysis, remote sensing in urban area, crime GIS, human-environment interaction

Lirong Yin Lirong Yin - MS Student
B.S. University of Iowa
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang 
Human and environment interaction, GIS

Zeliu Zheng Zeliu Zheng - PhD Student
B.S. University of Washington, Seattle
M.S. Binghamton University, SUNY
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban planning, public policy, GIS