Lora Bryning Redford Post-Doctoral Fellow in Archeology
Mario is the 2022/23 Lora Bryning Redford postdoctoral fellow at the University of Puget Sound. Calling Mexico home while pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he collaborated with multiple archaeological projects in the Maya Area including the UNESCO Mixed World Heritage site of Calakmul. As a specialist in paleoethnobotany, his dissertation project focused on the staple crops that guaranteed the subsistence of pre-Columbian Maya cities. More specifically, he was interested in the role played by root crops such as sweet potato, manioc, or arrowroot, in comparison to the more well-known maize and beans.
As part of an NSF-funded interdisciplinary team of scholars, Mario was the manager of the Ancient Metabolomics lab at Washington State University over the last three years. Here, he engaged in research centered on the history of psychoactive substance use on a global scale. The introduction of medicines and drugs to new consumer populations as part of the Columbian exchange figures dominantly among his ongoing study topics. On a broader level, his research aims at following the principles of Applied Anthropology and Collaborative Archaeology.
Mario has been published in peer-reviewed journals six times; he co-authored 13 book chapters; and served as a co-editor of two books. Mario has acquired teaching experience in anthropology, archaeology, history, and tourism undergraduate programs.
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