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Cinthia M. Campos

Cinthia, a PhD candidate, came to Binghamton University as a Clark Diversity Fellow. She spent the fall semester 2018 excavating a pre-Hispanic site in Atil, Sonora, Mexico. Her dissertation analyzes paleoethnobotanical remains from this site to detect changes in cultural practices, or patterns of distribution of taxa in domestic spaces and special features. Cinthia’s goal is to become a professor to train the next generation of students and continue her research combining her passions for cave archaeology and paleoethnobotany.

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Katharine Nusbaum

Katharine is a PhD student at Binghamton University studying the archaeology and paleoethnobotany of Northeastern North America. She has done prior work in California archaeology studying deep history Native American sites and Indigenous landscape management practices. She is carried out MA thesis research on the intersection of primary education and archaeology. Her current interests include landscape archaeology, heritage conservation, community engagement and collaborative indigenous archaeology.

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Audria Ruscitti

Audria Ruscitti is a master's student in the MAPA program at Binghamton University using 3D models of archaeological artifacts in public school education. She holds degrees in Journalism and Anthropology, and attended field school in Western Mongolia. In addition, she is certified in forensic facial reconstruction sculpture. Her interests include human osteology, ethnomycology, experimental archaeology, colonial Mexico, and East Asia. Her primary interest lies with foodways and the evolution of cuisine as it moves through time and over distance. 

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Anna Patchen

Anna Patchen earned her Master's in Public Archaeology from Binghamton University in 2019. Her research focused on plant use in the Archaic Period southeastern United States.

Scott Ferrara

Scott completed in his master’s thesis in 2020, which focused on the impact of colonialism through a paleoethnobotanical analysis of the Swart Collection, an assemblage of soils collected from various archaeological sites in the Mohawk Valley, NY, ranging from the Early Woodland to the historic period. Scott is currently pursuing his PhD at CUNY and publishing a book on witchcraft in NY state. 

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Brooke Maybee

Brooke completed her MA at Binghamton University in 2022. She is used ArcGIS to map Eucalyptus clusters in the north Lake Titicaca Basin, revealing how Spanish Colonialism permeated terraces and other traditional landscapes. She analyzed paleoethnobotanical remains from a colonial mining site in Peru to understand the diets of marginalized laborers under Inka and Spanish rule. 

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Maureen Folk

Maureen Folk completed her master's thesis in 2020 focused on understanding foodways and agricultural adaptation of a group of Tiwanaku migrants who relocated from the highlands to the coast of Peru around AD 1100. Maureen is currently the Program and Outreach Coordinator at the Chapman Museum in Glenn Falls, NY.