Rocky Brockway

Graduate Student
Rocky Brockway


Current status: Ph.D. in progress

Ph.D. dissertation title: Using the Ideal Free Distribution to Assess the Role of Human Migration and Competition in the Transition from Paleoindian to Archaic Lifeways in the American Great Basin

Rocky Brockway was accepted to the anthropology Ph.D. program at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. He has broad interests in hunter-gatherer archaeology and Great Basin prehistory. His dissertation research focuses on middle Holocene patterns of demography, settlement and land-use in the Great Basin. He is currently working on a project to clarify patterns of Early Archaic projectile point use in the northwestern Great Basin using obsidian hydration.

Academic interests

  • Hunter-gatherer archaeology
  • Great Basin prehistory
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Population ecology
  • Human behavioral ecology


  • B.A., anthropology, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, 2007