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2010-2014 Alumni

Martin Welker - Class of 2013

I attended USU as an Anthropology major on the Archaeology track with departmental honors from 2009 to 2013. While enrolled I engaged in field and lab research, contributing to several masters theses, the museum of anthropology, USU Archaeological Services, and faculty research. I also had the opportunity to present at a number of professional and student research conferences including the GBAC 2012 and NCUR 2012 and 2013. Upon graduating, I received the Anthropology Program’s 2012-13 Anthropology Student of the Year award.

I am a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Penn State, with a methodological specialization in zooarchaeology. I am fascinated by problems relating to domesticated animal management, the evolution of animal breeds under environmental and anthropogenic selective pressures, and the intersection of these issues with human culture. I employ quantitative methods to pursue theoretically driven and statistically based research. My doctoral research centers on understanding the development and use of domestic animal breeds using domestic dogs as a case study. To accomplish this, I compare the physical morphology of European and Native American dogs preserved in their skeletal remains. This research has revealed significant morphological differences between dogs introduced by European colonists and Native American dog breeds in Eastern North America. I have also recently collaborated with Dr. David Byers to test whether or not Intermountain West and Great Plains dogs were capable of transporting ethnographically reported travois and pannier pack loads.

Alexis Maughn

Alexis Maughn - Class of 2014

Alexis Maughn works for Bighorn Archaeological Consultants, LLC in Orem, UT.


Dallin Webb - Class of 2013

Dallin is currently employed as an Archaeologist with Logan Simpson Design in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Elizabeth Payne - Class of 2014

I attended Utah State from 2010-2014 as an anthropology major and feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with such a fantastic faculty during my time there. My interests in anthropology have been focused on reproduction and childhood. I have had the privilege to have worked with several professors on my research interests, and gained valuable undergraduate experience; conference and poster presentations, ethnographic field school, teaching fellowships, and more. I am now about to start graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where I will continue to focus my research on topics of human reproduction, specifically working with professors who are studying placentophagy and childhood and reproduction among the hunter-gatherers, the Hadza. I am excited to see what the future brings, and I know I wouldn't be where I am now without all the USU anthropology staff and faculty.