an NSF supported program

Village Ecodynamics Project


Project Role: Graduate Student

Stefani Crabtree's picture

Stefani Crabtree is a PhD student and NSF graduate research fellow. She is interested in understanding how alliance formation and coalition building can lead to the breakdown of alliances and the onset of warfare. Stefani is pursuing her PhD both in the context of the Southwest with the VEP and in Gaulish France with the TransMonDyn project.

Stefani received her BA in Anthropology and French from Scripps College in 2004. She was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow from 2004-2005 and has traveled and worked abroad in 15 countries. When not working on her PhD Stefani is usually outside hiking, climbing, running, doing yoga or snowboarding.

Katie Grundtisch's picture

I am a first-year WSU Graduate Student in archaeology currently working as the VEP RA. My personal research interests are in the North Atlantic, and in modeling.

I am a current M.A. student in Anthropology at Washington State University with a focus in North Atlantic Archaeology. I received my B.A. in Anthropology and Classics at SUNY University at Buffalo in 2011, concentrating in Archaeology in both. I am interested in studying the dynamic relationships between humans, their environment, and constantly changing climatic conditions through the use of agent-based modeling. Currently, I am a Research Assistant at WSU working on the Village Ecodynamics Project, focusing on the relationship between population size and warfare in the archaeological record of the Northern Rio Grande region of the U.S. Southwest.

Denton Cockburn's picture

Denton Cockburn is a PhD student at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Denton's research focus is Agent Specialization, more specifically how agents allocate their time among available tasks. He is interested in how economic, social and biological factors drive the decision-making process of agents when choosing how to allocate their time.  

He is in the 3rd year of his PhD program at Windsor. In that time he has taught several courses as well as served as a graduate assistant on many occasions. He was first brought aboard to port the VEP simulation from Swarm and Objective-C to the Repast framework and Java. Following that he found the project too interesting to leave for anything else.

A Diverse Team

The Village Ecodynamics Project seeks to understand ancient Pueblo peoples in their social and environmental contexts, a task that benefits from close collaboration among researchers from diverse disciplines. Alongside archaeology, computer science, ecology and geology, biomolecular science and economics play important roles. In the long run we hope that projects such as this will help the social sciences to overcome their historic isolation from biology, the earth sciences, and mathematics.

In the shorter term our agent-based models provide mechanisms for integrating insights from paleoclimatology, anthropology, and ecology, and provide expectations against which we can compare the always-surprising richness and variability of the actual historical contexts that we study in southwestern Colorado and north-central New Mexico.

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