Jennifer Kielhofer, who received her M.A. in UA Anthropology (2013), is now a Ph.D. candidate in UA Geosciences and was just awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) from the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Social Sciences Program (Vance Holliday, co-PI). The project is titled “Soil-Stratigraphy and Landscape Evolution in Subarctic Lowlands: A Paleoenvironmental Framework for Human Colonization and Occupation of Eastern Beringia.” Her work (with Josh Reuther, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Ph.D. Arizona, 2013), uses buried soils as indicators of landscape evolution within lowland terrestrial settings of subarctic central Alaska when it was part of Beringia. Understanding what the landscape looked like and how soils formed at this time provides insight on available resources and environmental conditions that could have impacted early human behavior and migration. Ultimately, this work provides a paleoenvironmental framework for human colonization of eastern Beringia ~14,000 to 8,000 calibrated years before present.
Photo caption: Jennifer Kielhofer (left) and Josh Reuther (right, in excavation pit) at the Swan Point site, Alaska (photo by Vance Holliday).