Amanda Rankin

Rankin

Academic Interests: Great Basin prehistory, high altitude adaptation, ground stone use-wear and starch residue analysis

Status: MA

Previous Degree: BA, University of California, Santa Cruz (2008)

Research Areas: The Great Basin and California

Contact information: arankin@nevada.unr.edu

Biography: Amanda is a third-year Master's student focusing on human adaptation to marginal environments, specifically high altitude environments in the western United States. Her research will focus on starch residue analysis on ground stone implements from high altitude village sites in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and the White Mountains of California. Amanda has extensive experience in faunal analysis and has worked for six years in cultural resource management in Nevada and California. Other interests include skiing, hiking, and music.