Mary Oster

Graduate Student
Mary Oster


Current status: M.A. in progress

M.A. thesis title: (Working) Late Holocene Settlement Patterns of the Interior of Santa Rosa Island, CA in Response to Environmental Stress and Culture Contact

Mary Oster received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been employed as a field archaeologist and researcher for 10 years, focusing primarily on the Great Basin and California physiographic regions. She has worked on projects in Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and throughout the state of California, and at four national park service sites: Joshua Tree NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Lassen Volcanic NP and Lava Beds NM.

Academic interests

  • Human-environment interactions
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Subsistence/foodways
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Rock art
  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Land management policy
  • Indigenous land management practices
  • Fire archaeology
  • CRM law
  • Public history


  • B.A., anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2009