Jeremy McFarland

Graduate Student
Jeremy McFarland


Current status: Ph.D. in progress

Jeremy McFarland received his B.A. in anthropology from Humboldt State University. Jeremy has five years of cultural resource and heritage management experience with prehistoric and historical resources in the Pacific Northwest and Northeastern California. He has worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an archaeological technician (2014-2015) and for the Cultural Resource Facility at Humboldt State from 2015-2020.

While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Jeremy completed a geospatial minor and advance geospatial certificate. He is proficient in various field and remote mapping techniques, information technology and relational database management. Professional experience has developed through the federal, academic and contract (CRM) environments. Experience ranges from management and processing of spatial data in a digital database management system; conduct spatial data, historic map and aerial imagery analysis; produce cartographic designed maps for research, field and monitoring operations; and develop guidelines and workflow of geospatial processes. Specialized research has been involved with the use of LIDAR for archaeological feature analysis, enhanced visualization and predictive mapping in Belize, Central America.

Additionally, Jeremy received a scientific diving minor and has been trained to the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Training experience includes underwater monitoring surveys of fish, invertebrate and algae in northern and southern California as a Reef Check volunteer diver. He has also worked collaboratively on research funded by the National Science Foundation to assist a graduate ocean acidification study along the pacific northwest coast of California.

These experiences have led Jeremy to interests in coastal archaeology and historical ecology of marine ecosystems. His work at the University of Nevada, Reno will track long-term climatic changes and shifts in abundance of abalone (Haliotis spp.) through a historical lens of archaeological data and an integral ecological understanding of the Pacific Coast.

Jeremy encourages anyone who wishes to collaborate or is interested in his research to reach out at any time.

Academic interests

  • Historical ecology of marine ecosystems
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Early coastal migrations
  • Tribal and community collaboration
  • Marine fisheries
  • Ecosystem management
  • GIS
  • Remote sensing

Recent publications

  • 2020 Madurapperuma, B.; Lamping, J.; McDermott, M.; Murphy, B.; McFarland, J.; Deyoung, K.; Smith, C.; MacAdam, S.; Monroe, S.; Corro, L.; Magstadt, S.; Dellysse, J.; Mitchell, S. Factors Influencing Movement of the Manila Dunes and Its Impact on Establishing Non-Native Species. Remote Sens. 12, 1536.
  • 2019 McFarland, Jeremy, and Marisol Cortes-Rincon. "Mapping Maya Hinterlands: LiDAR Derived Visualization to Identify Small Scale Features in Northwestern Belize." Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 1 (41): 46-58.
  • 2019 McFarland, Jeremy. "Historic Landmarks and Points of Interest In Mendocino CA." Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 1 (41): 6-7.


  • B.A., anthropology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, 2018