Meet our students & volunteers that conduct research in our lab:
Doctorate and Graduate Students
Emily Schumacher, M.A., is a Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology with interests in historical archaeology, landscape change, and the preservation of cultural resources. Her current research focuses on the former Danish West Indies (modern-day U.S. Virgin Islands) and combines archival research, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and archaeological investigation
Kathleen Kelley’s research focused on a 100,000 yBP site in Yahuai, China. She is researching micromammal remains from the site in order to ascertain the likelihood of early man’s presence in the area during his dispersal out of Africa. Her main area of interest is in the field of bioarchaeology.
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Forrest Valkai is a master’s student working on the paleoecological reconstruction of ‘Ubeidiya, Israel by analyzing stable isotopes of deer. By putting together a picture of the landscape in ‘Ubeidiya 1.5 mya, he hopes to help us understand the dispersal of Homo erectus out of Africa. Forrest holds degrees in education and integrative biology, teaches science to over 800,000 followers on the internet, and is an incredibly bad dancer.
Kristin Coon is a junior undergraduate at The University of Tulsa, majoring in anthropology, minoring in art. This is her second year working in the zooarchaeology lab.
Madeline Jennings will be in her second year of studying Anthropology at the University of Tulsa in the 2021-2022 school year. She began volunteering in Dr. Belmaker’s lab in the Spring of 2021. She started off working in the Micromammal Taphonomy Collection cleaning and categorizing bones. Madeline intends on continuing her work in the lab and engaging with many different collections while learning from her colleagues throughout her academic career.
Anastasia Matveeva is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma. Studying Forensic Science and Biology, she ultimately wants a career in Biological/Forensic Anthropology. She is very grateful to have received the opportunity to assist Dr. Belmaker in her lab during Summer 2021.
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TURC scholars, independent studies
Past Members of the Lab
- Heather McGuire
- Paul Bowman
- Ashley Brown
Undergraduate TURC scholars, independent studies & volunteers
- Audrey Stromberg
**More to come! Please be patient as our site is under construction**
The University of Tulsa undergraduate and graduate students have conducted research in the collection as part of various courses. In addition, the collections are used as an integral part of teaching in the Department of Anthropology and across campus.