Meet Our Graduate Students

The UB Department of Anthropology is pleased to present 
the current directory listing of our graduate students.

  • Marianne Cooper.

    150 Spaulding Quad Bldg 6

    Buffalo Human Evolutionary Morphology Lab

    Cooper39@buffalo.edu

    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: Research Interests: Human and primate evolutionary morphology; morphological variation; osteology; quantitative genetics; ecogeographic variation

    150 Spaulding Quad Bldg 6

    Buffalo Human Evolutionary Morphology Lab

    Cooper39@buffalo.edu

  • Nikita Das.
    Nikita Das

    476 Spaulding Quad Bldg 6

    ndas@buffalo.edu

    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: Research interests: Anthropology of energy, energy transitions, economic anthropology, policy.

    476 Spaulding Quad Bldg 6

    ndas@buffalo.edu

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    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: I am interested primarily in environmental anthropology, specifically the contradictory nature and effects of shrimp farming policy. My geographical area of study, Thailand, highlights the complexities surrounding shrimp aquaculture certification and the management of environmental challenges. I am also interested in outcomes that arise from friction between local, state, and global actors in the production of food.

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    Alyson Mitchell
    MA Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: Visual anthropology; media studies; queer theory

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    Kevin Palmisano
    PhD Student
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: My research interests involve the emergence of throwing in hominins and the adaptations that enable it. Other non-human primates throw, but none throw as forcefully or accurately as humans. Why? Was throwing something actively selected for? Did hominins hunt by throwing? A variety of questions have been raised about throwing and none have been answered satisfactorily. For my Master’s Thesis I am investigating the human hand and its unique adaptations for manipulative tasks and how they relate to our ability to throw forcefully and accurately.

  • Erin Pinkston.

    150 Spaulding Quad Bldg. 6

    Buffalo Human Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory

    erinpink@buffalo.edu

    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: My interests broadly cover human variation and functional morphology in both modern, and historical contexts. For my master’s project, I conducted a radiographic study of juvenile femora to derive regression formulae for statue and body mass estimates. My dissertation project employs geometric morphometrics to explore the purported relationship between subsistence and weaning practices, craniomandibular morphology, and occlusal patterns in modern clinical populations, and pre-industrial populations. Biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, osteology, morphology, human variation.

    150 Spaulding Quad Bldg. 6

    Buffalo Human Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory

    erinpink@buffalo.edu

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    Elias Plata Espino
    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: I have been a graduate student in the Anthropology PhD program at UB since 2019. My current research connects current concerns about sustainability with people’s historical struggle to maintain control over their territory. Specifically, my research looks into the historical tension between the extractive and refuge use of forests for the indigenous and mestizo people in the Sierra Tarahumara of Mexico and its implications under neoliberal environmental governance.

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    Brianna Porter
    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: I am interested primarily in environmental anthropology, specifically the contradictory nature and effects of shrimp farming policy. My geographical area of study, Thailand, highlights the complexities surrounding shrimp aquaculture certification and the management of environmental challenges. I am also interested in outcomes that arise from friction between local, state, and global actors in the production of food.

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    Hannah Quintance

    361 Richmond Quad Bldg 4

    hlquaint@buffalo.edu

    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: Cultural heritage studies; collaborative museum practice and community engagement; public archaeology

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    EricaMarie Schultz
    MA Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Name.

    480 Spaulding Quad Bldg 4

    brentwhi@buffalo.edu

    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: The European Neolithic and Chalcolithic; human-environment interaction; niche construction

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    Kathleen Wilson

    484 Spaulding Quad Bldg 4

    krwilson@buffalo.edu

    PhD Student
    Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Topics: Early medieval Scotland; religious and sacred spaces; landscape archaeology; geographic information systems (GIS); agent-based modeling