UTSA Department of Anthropology

UTSA Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio

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Population densities of Hylobates agilis in forests with different disturbance histories in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Malaysia 05/06/2022

Population densities of Hylobates agilis in forests with different disturbance histories in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Malaysia

A new article just published by faculty Thad Bartlett on the American Journal of Primatology titled "Population densities of Hylobates agilis in forests with different disturbance histories in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Malaysia."

Population densities of Hylobates agilis in forests with different disturbance histories in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Malaysia We estimated group density of agile gibbons (Hylobates agilis) in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Malaysia at 4.03 ± 0.14 groups km−2, with an estimated total of 2927 ± 102 groups in areas below 450 m a.s.l...

04/27/2022

Congratulations to Dr. Kat Brown who received the Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award!!!

UTSA Giving Day 2022 04/20/2022

UTSA Giving Day 2022

The last few hours to support our Department and college. Please donate. Any amount counts :)

UTSA Giving Day 2022

UTSA Giving Day 2022 04/19/2022

UTSA Giving Day 2022

It’s Giving Day! From now until tomorrow, April 20, at 7:00 p.m., we invite you to support the programs that make UTSA such a special place. You can support our college and department using this link: https://givingday.utsa.edu/

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04/01/2022

Join us for a Conversation about the Rio Grande Valley; Apr 6, 3:30 CST, UTSA & live-streamed with our own faculty Jill Fleuriet

What: A Conversation about Rhetoric and Reality on the U.S.-Mexico Border and the stories we tell about our southern border, especially the Rio Grande Valley

When: 3:30-5:00 CST, Wednesday, April 6

Where: Virtual (https://honors.utsa.edu/book-talk.html) and In-Person (UTSA Main Campus, Retama Auditorium)

Why: Politicians and many media commonly portray the U.S.-Mexico border as a place of menace and intractable challenge, rather than a historic region with a powerful legacy of resilience---and an abundance of promise. In this event, featuring scholars, educators, and journalists in dialogue, we’ll examine the conflicting representations of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and explore new ways of thinking about change and opportunity for this critical part of our nation.

Rhetoric and Reality on the U.S. - Mexico Border with Dr. Jill Fleuriet
Politicians and many media commonly portray the U.S.-Mexico border as a place of menace and intractable challenge, rather than a historic region with a powerful legacy of resilience---and an abundance of promise. In a new book, Rhetoric and Reality on the US-Mexico Border: Place, Politics, Home , UTSA Professor of Anthropology Jill Fleuriet, herself a product of the Border, set out to listen to a wide array of Borderlands voices---and what emerged was another vision for the region’s future. In this event, featuring scholars, educators, and journalists in dialogue, we’ll examine the conflicting representations of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and explore new ways of thinking about change and opportunity for this critical part of our nation.
• The United States gets the U.S.-Mexico border wrong.
• Our ideas about the southern border are rooted in outdated ideas of people and places.
• The southern border has essential lessons that could help the rest of the U.S. address common challenges of education, health, and the economy.

02/17/2022

Statistical inference, scale and noise in comparative anthropology - Nature Ecology & Evolution

Congratulation to Dr. Marcus Hamiltin for his new publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Hamilton, M.J. and M. Tallavaara (2022). Statistical inference, scale and noise in comparative anthropology. Nat Eco &Evo 6:122

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01637-3?utm_source=natecolevol_etoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=toc_41559_6_2&utm_content=20220210

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12/23/2021

Three recent Anthropology PhD recipients returned to campus earlier this month to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Tiffany Lindley (PhD, Spring 2021), Victoria Ingalls (PhD Fall 2020), and Rebecca Friedel Juan (PhD, Summer 2021) were each hooded by their respective advisors, M. Kathryn Brown and Jason Yaeger. Congratulations!!

KSAT Q&A: UTSA anthropology professor discusses climate change measures to reduce emissions 11/09/2021

KSAT Q&A: UTSA anthropology professor discusses climate change measures to reduce emissions

Prof. Gallagher discusses climate change and COP26 on KSAT.

KSAT Q&A: UTSA anthropology professor discusses climate change measures to reduce emissions Patrick Gallagher, an assistant professor of anthropology at UTSA, joined Friday's KSAT Q&A to discuss climate change and measures to curb emissions.

Photos from UTSA Department of Anthropology's post 11/08/2021

If you are on campus today be sure to check out Anthro Expo!

UTSA faculty honored for teaching expertise by University of Texas System 11/02/2021

UTSA faculty honored for teaching expertise by University of Texas System

https://www.utsa.edu/today/2021/10/story/amatangelo-pozzi-rota.html?fbclid=IwAR35fN0u9XaPa9cfOs2WNmkunN2JPjgFfXV5kSAXzkN0Ju4J5X_ZD7JN1Us

UTSA faculty honored for teaching expertise by University of Texas System OCTOBER 26, 2021 — Two UTSA faculty members have been selected to receive the 2021 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) from The University of Texas System. Gina Amatangelo and Luca Pozzi are among 14 educators from across the UT System being recognized by the Board of Regents for their exc...

News | UTSA Department of Anthropology 10/23/2021

News | UTSA Department of Anthropology

Professor Steve Kosiba to Join the UTSA Department of Anthropology

News | UTSA Department of Anthropology UTSA Department of Anthropology

Professor studies rhetoric and reality at the U.S.-Mexico border 06/08/2021

Professor studies rhetoric and reality at the U.S.-Mexico border

Article featuring our faculty Jill Fleuriet and her research now published in a new book called "Rhetoric and Reality on the U.S. Mexico Border." Congratulations!

Professor studies rhetoric and reality at the U.S.-Mexico border JUNE 3, 2021 — Jill Fleuriet, professor in the UTSA Department of Anthropology, has devoted the past several years to research commonly called “anthropology at home,” which includes long-term immersion in one's own community.

Photos from UTSA Department of Anthropology's post 04/20/2021

Congratulations to all the winners of the University Excellence Awards including our own:
- Dr. Mike Cepek winner of the Core Curriculum award and the Community Engagement (Tenured and Tenure-Track)
- Dr. Jill Fleuriet winner of the Mentoring Award
- Rey Villanueva (PhD student) winner of the Diversity Award (Student individual)

University Excellence Awards ceremony and nominees announced 04/07/2021

University Excellence Awards ceremony and nominees announced

Congratulations to several of our faculty who have been nominated for the 2021 UTSA University Excellence Awards:
- Patrick Gallagher: Teaching Excellence Award
- Michael Cepek: Core Curriculum Award & Community Engagement Award
- Rebecca Bria: Advancing Globalization Award
- Fernando Campos: Research Achievement Award
- Jill Fleuriet: Mentoring Award
- Deborah Moon: Core Curriculum Award

Additionally, PhD student, Rey Villanueva, was nominated for Student Diversity Award.

The awards ceremony livestream will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.

https://www.utsa.edu/today/2021/04/story/university-excellence-awards-nominees-announced.html

University Excellence Awards ceremony and nominees announced APRIL 6, 2021 — UTSA is proud to announce this year’s University Excellence Awards ceremony details and award nominees.

UTSA Giving Day 04/07/2021

UTSA Giving Day

Only a few hours left for .
Don’t miss this great COLFA video featuring our own Jason Yaeger and Kat Brown and some of our students in the photos.
https://givingday.utsa.edu/giving-day/31751/department/38637

UTSA Giving Day Today's the Day!

03/24/2021

NSF FastLane :: GRFP

Congratulations to our students Jenny Brett (PhD) and Daisy Paredes (undergraduate) for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This is a wonderful achievement!
https://www.research.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do?method=loadAwardeeList

NSF FastLane :: GRFP

02/26/2021

Congratulations to UTSA graduate Dr. Lori Barkwill Love who is participating in a post-doc internship with Dr. Karen Steelman in Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center’s Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory.

Dr. Barkwill Love is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her dissertation research used radiocarbon dating, Bayesian chronological modeling, neutron activation analysis on ceramics, and X-ray fluorescence on obsidian to challenge the village concept for the Mogollon Early Pithouse period (AD 200-700) in the US Southwest.

02/17/2021

Due to continued winter weather, we are extending our campus closure through Friday night, February 19. More info on UTSA Today:

bit.ly/3jVkkB7

02/15/2021

If you can help or know anybody who can, please reach out to Primarily Primates

*2/17 UPDATE* The sanctuary has been hit hard by the winter storms. Here is the new list of items we need. If you have them and are able to drive on ice/in the snow, please deliver them today to 26099 Dull Knife Trail. We greatly appreciate anything you're able to drop off!

- *GENERATORS- this is the most important item on the list*
- Peanut butter, bread, jelly
- Camping lights
- Propane tanks that are filled or help taking empty tanks to be filled.
- Small disposable propane heater bottles
- Salt for de-icing pathways around the sanctuary
- Water

For more info about the situation, check out our post on our website: http://bit.ly/3bdtuVL

Podcast — Gardopia Gardens 02/04/2021

Podcast — Gardopia Gardens

Our MA student Amanda Micek interviewed our PhD student Jess Reid for a podcast episode organized by the education-based non-profit organization, Gardopia Gardens. In this episode, Medical Anthropology: Care and Recovery, Jess explains what medical anthropology is, describes her research, and talks about how it could impact the city of San Antonio.

https://www.gardopiagardens.org/podcast

Podcast — Gardopia Gardens Gardopia Gardens is now on air! The ‘Growing our Future’ podcast can be found on Spotify and Apple Music. Listen to individuals discuss various topics about Gardopia Gardens as an organization and special guests who share all about their suggestions and expertise.

Photos from UTSA Department of Anthropology's post 01/29/2021

Congratulations to our faculty Drs. Robert Hard and Luca Pozzi!

Dr. Hard was inducted as a member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers (http://research.utsa.edu/adr/)

Dr. Pozzi was awarded the 2019-2020 COLFA Researcher of the Year (category Assistant Professor)

Photos from American Association of Biological Anthropologists's post 01/27/2021

Black In BioAnth Week! starting next week!

Impact of individual demographic and social factors on human–wildlife interactions: a comparative study of three macaque species 12/16/2020

Impact of individual demographic and social factors on human–wildlife interactions: a comparative study of three macaque species

A new paper, co-authored by our PhD student Shelby Samartino and published in Scientific Report, investigates the impact of individual demographic and social factors on human–wildlife interactions.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-78881-3?fbclid=IwAR10Dw9OHlp2A3W_9Bq-MzBuHiQGTKOoWuXsPnzRoJ0ph7QS60aZKpp1FkQ

Impact of individual demographic and social factors on human–wildlife interactions: a comparative study of three macaque species Despite increasing conflict at human–wildlife interfaces, there exists little research on how the attributes and behavior of individual wild animals may influence human–wildlife interactions. Adopting a comparative approach, we examined the impact of animals’ life-history and social attributes...

Engaging, Standing, and Stepping | Commoning Ethnography 12/15/2020

Engaging, Standing, and Stepping | Commoning Ethnography

New paper by faculty Michael Cepek published in Commoning Ethnography: "Engaging, Standing, and Stepping - Evaluating Anthropological Activism on an Amazonian Petro-Frontier"

https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/ce/article/view/6645?fbclid=IwAR3EViU0QS3Sw2jY7dSDkNkHmVg_Y5vFITHf-ckao1j0Qiw2OaRoeFL0-8U

Engaging, Standing, and Stepping | Commoning Ethnography Engaging, Standing, and Stepping Evaluating Anthropological Activism on an Amazonian Petro-Frontier Michael Cepek The University of Texas at San Antonio DOI: https://doi.org/10.26686/ce.v3i1.6645 Abstract Anthropologists and activists portray the lives and lands of Ecuador’s Indigenous Cofán peop...

Tracey Baas - Posters 11/18/2020

Tracey Baas - Posters

Our Ph.D. student, Shelby Samartino, recently won the Pints and Posters competition as part of UTSA Research Days. You can see her poster and presentation (together with all the other participants) at https://graduateschoolgps.myportfolio.com/posters

Tracey Baas - Posters

Diversity begets diversity in mammal species and human cultures 11/13/2020

Diversity begets diversity in mammal species and human cultures

New paper by Associate Professor Marcus Hamilton published on Scientific Reports: "Diversity begets diversity in mammal species and human cultures"

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-76658-2

Diversity begets diversity in mammal species and human cultures Across the planet the biogeographic distribution of human cultural diversity tends to correlate positively with biodiversity. In this paper we focus on the biogeographic distribution of mammal species and human cultural diversity. We show that not only are these forms of diversity similarly distribu...

11/11/2020

Join us this Friday, November 13 for our next speaker in the UTSA’s Department of Anthropology Fall speaker series:

Katerina Guschanski
Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University
“Time Travel for Conservation: Studying Primate Diversity Using Museum Collections”

Friday, November 13
2:00pm-3:30pm CT (Zoom)

If you are interested in attending the talk, but are not currently affiliated with the UTSA Department of Anthropology, please RSVP here and you will be sent the Zoom invite prior to the talk: https://bit.ly/34E5VU9.

Christina Frasier is the 2020 Winner of the $2500 San Antonio Glasstire Art Writing Prize | Glasstire 10/29/2020

Christina Frasier is the 2020 Winner of the $2500 San Antonio Glasstire Art Writing Prize | Glasstire

Congratulations to our graduate student Christina Frasier!

https://glasstire.com/2020/10/28/christina-frasier-is-the-2020-winner-of-the-2500-glasstire-san-antonio-writing-prize/

Christina Frasier is the 2020 Winner of the $2500 San Antonio Glasstire Art Writing Prize | Glasstire The 2020 San Antonio Art Writing Prize is supported in part by Caroline and William Carrington. Christina Frasier is the recipient of the 2020 Glasstire San Antonio Art Writing Prize.…

Photos from UTSA Department of Anthropology's post 10/22/2020

New classes offered by the Anthropology Department next semester:

ANT 4953 - SS: The Anthropocene: Age of Extinction - Dr. Eva Wikberg

ANT 4953 - SS: Politics of the Past - Dr. Rebecca Bria

10/02/2020

Great coverage by the New York Times of Dr. Campos's paper on social status and survival in wild baboons published last week in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/01/science/baboons-males-friendship.html

09/25/2020

This year's department picture is not quite the same, but it will definitely something we will all remember!!!

White-handed gibbons ( Hylobates lar ) alter ranging patterns in response to habitat type 09/10/2020

White-handed gibbons ( Hylobates lar ) alter ranging patterns in response to habitat type

New paper by faculty Thad Bartlett and alumnus Lydia Light (PhD, UTSA) on changes in ranging patterns in response to habitat type in white-handed gibbons
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10329-020-00858-7?fbclid=IwAR3sFpnar8W595Dl71RNnorCkgVyaxqM-2zjtK8LVQpmfx8YOh53UIsozDI

White-handed gibbons ( Hylobates lar ) alter ranging patterns in response to habitat type Small apes are often characterized as inhabiting small home ranges and being dependent on evergreen forest due to their dietary specialization on ripe fruits. Yet few primate studies, particularly those with gibbons, have considered intraspecific variations in ranging behaviors in response to local....

A comparison of dominance rank metrics reveals multiple competitive landscapes in an animal society | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 09/09/2020

A comparison of dominance rank metrics reveals multiple competitive landscapes in an animal society | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

New paper published today in Royal Society Publishing co-authored by faculty Fernando Campos. This work examines how various baboon traits are associated with different dominance rank metrics, and uncovers some interesting sex differences.
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rspb.2020.1013

A comparison of dominance rank metrics reveals multiple competitive landscapes in an animal society | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Across group-living animals, linear dominance hierarchies lead to disparities in access to resources, health outcomes and reproductive performance. Studies of how dominance rank predicts these trai...

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