Christopher T. Morgan
Department of Anthropology
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Davis
Dr. Morgan brings to UNR his 20 years of experience as an archaeologist in the western United States, along with four years' experience as an assistant professor at Utah State University. His research focuses on the hunter-gatherer archaeology of the American West and East Asia, particularly on hunter- gatherer behavioral adaptations to high-altitude, desert, and other marginal environments.
In the American West, Dr. Morgan investigates the migration of Numic-speaking peoples (including the Shoshone, Ute, and Paiute) across and beyond the Great Basin; he studies the evolution of Archaic lifeways in light of environmental change and the ways hunter-gatherers exploited mountain environments. He is at work now on a three-year project investigating paleoenvironmental change and prehistoric use of Wyoming's Wind River Range.
In East Asia, Professor Morgan focuses on more fundamental evolutionary questions: the arrival or evolution of modern humans in the region and the forager-to-farmer sequence between the Yellow and Wei Rivers. He is part of an international team planning to continue excavation at Dadiwan, one of the earliest agricultural sites in North China.
Read more about Chris Morgan at http://www.unr.edu/anthropology/people/faculty/chris-t-morgan