Kyle Bocinsky Named New Director of Research Institute

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After a decade of groundbreaking research, archaeologist Kyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., is hardly a stranger to Crow Canyon. But now he is back to take on an exciting new role—the first William D. Lipe Chair in Research and Director of the Research Institute at Crow Canyon.

"It is such an honor to have been named the inaugural Lipe Chair, and to have the opportunity to continue building the Research Institute as its director," says Kyle, who started in his new position in August. "I really look forward to developing Research Institute programs that honor Bill Lipe's legacy to Crow Canyon and the field of archaeology."

The William D. Lipe Chair in Research was made possible through the generous support of Crow Canyon Trustee Leslie Masson and her husband, Colin, to honor the continuing work of fellow Crow Canyon Trustee Dr. William Lipe,whose immeasurable contributions to both the science of archaeology and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center have served as an inspiration to generations of scholars around the world.

"We are very grateful to Leslie and Collin Masson for making this position possible," says Mark Varien, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of the Research Institute at Crow Canyon. "Kyle's talent as an analytical and computational archaeologist have been invaluable to the work being done by the Research Institute, and has resulted in the Village Ecodynamics Project being recognized as one of the world's most important archaeological projects."

Kyle received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and both his M.A. (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) in Anthropology from Washington State University. He is a member of the research faculties of Washington State University and the Desert Research Institute. He previously served as the Director of Sponsored Projects and later as a Research Associate for the Research Institute at Crow Canyon. Kyle is deeply involved with the Institute’s Village Ecodynamics Project (VEP), an ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers at several different institutions to study the interaction between ancestral Pueblo people and their environment over more than a thousand years.

"We are already setting our priorities going forward this year, including expanded research opportunities for Crow Canyon staff and encouraging use of Crow Canyon’s research database by our external research associates." says Kyle, whose scholarly interests include computational archaeology, complexity, GIS science, human behavioral ecology, foraging theory, and plant and animal domestication.

In addition to his work here in the Southwest, Kyle is involved in research projects around the globe—including the Northwest coast of North America, sub-Saharan Africa, and on the Tibetan Plateau.

Kyle lives in Missoula, Montana, with his husband, John, and their golden retriever Molly. He will split his time between Missoula and Crow Canyon’s campus in Cortez.

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