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BRIAN T WYGAL

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

ANTHROPOLOGY

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Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno (2009)
M.A., University of Alaska, Anchorage (2003)
B.S., Kansas State University (1998)

Recent Courses

Advanced Archaeological Field Methods In Alaska
Archaeological Field Methods In Alaska
Archaeology
First Year Seminar Being Human: An Anthropological Perspective
Guided Research I I G.I.S. Archaeology Lab
Humankind,Culture, And Environment

Teaching Specializations/Interests

New World and subarctic archaeology, peopling of the Americas, human ecology, prehistoric technology, and field methods

Research Interests

Alaska archaeology, environmental archaeology, deglaciation and human colonization, human ecology, technological organization.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Research Grants for Archaeological Missions in the Americas, French Ministry of Foreign Areas. Searching for the First Occupation of North America in the Tanana Valley of Alaska (in French) co-PIs with Y.A. Gomez Coutouly, K.E. Krasinski, and R.M. Tedor. In cooperation with the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense(2013-2014).

Alaska State Historic Preservation Officer Historic Preservation Grant. Archaeological Survey and Inventory of Public Lands in the middle Susitna River Valley, Southcentral Alaska co-PI with F. Seager-Boss and K.E. Krasinski. In cooperation with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Cultural Resources Division (2012-2014).

Faculty Development Grant, Adelphi University. Prehistoric Human Ecology at the Volkmar Lake and Goodpaster River regions of the Tanana Valley, Alaska (2012-2013).

Instructional Technology Grant, Adelphi University. Wilderness Archaeology in Southcentral Alaska (2010-2011).

Faculty Development Grant, Adelphi University. Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Economic Adaptations in Southcentral Alaska (2010-2011).

Department of Interior, National Park Service. Comprehensive Survey of Denali National Park and Preserve (2006-2009).

Academy for the Environment Research Grant, University of Nevada, Reno. co-PI with T. Goebel, Early Holocene Colonization of Southcentral Alaska (2006).

National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, Arctic Social Sciences #052055, co-PI with T. Goebel, The Early Holocene Colonization of Southcentral Alaska (2005).

Alaska Humanities Forum Research Grant #S05-05, The Prehistoric Colonization of Southcentral Alaska (2005).

Book Chapters

Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT, & Seager-Boss, F (2015). Cultural and Archaeological Concepts of Remoteness in Alaska, the Last Frontier. In Des Lauries, M & Duke, D. (Eds.). Lonesome Landscapes: The Archaeology of Remoteness and Isolation. (pp. in review).

Wygal, BT (2011). The Microblade/Non-Microblade Dichotomy: Climatic Implications, Toolkit Variability and the Role of Tiny Tools in Eastern Beringia. In Goebel, T and Buvit, I (Eds.). From the Yenisei to the Yukon: Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability in Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Beringia. (pp. 234-254). College Station: Texas A&M Press.


Refereed Articles

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Wygal, BT and Heidenreich, S. (2014), Deglaciation and Human Colonization of Northern Europe. Journal of World Prehistory, 27(2), 111-144.

Wygal, BT and Goebel, T (2012), Early Prehistoric Archaeology Of The Middle Susitna Valley, Alaska. Arctic Anthropology, 49(1), 45-67.

Wygal, BT and Goebel, T (2011), Deglaciation and the Archaeology of Trapper Creek, Southcentral Alaska. Current Research in the Pleistocene, 28, 188-191.

Wygal, BT (2010), Prehistoric Upland Tool Production in the Central Alaska Range. Alaska Journal of Anthropology, 8(1), 107-119.

Wygal, BT, Tyrrell, L. and Daniels, P. (2010), Prehistoric Upland Hunting Site. Denali National Park and Preserve, Fact Sheet.

VanderHoek, R, Wygal, BT, Tedor, R and Holmes, C (2007), Survey and Monitoring of Ice Patches in the Denali Highway Region, Central Alaska, 2003-2005. Alaska Journal of Anthropology, 5(2), 67-86.

Saleeby, B and Wygal, BT (2005), Old is Getting Older. Alaska Park Science, 4(2), 13-17.

Roper, D and Wygal, BT (2002), The Spatial Component of the Western Clovis Chronology. Current Research in the Pleistocene, 19, 76-78.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Wygal, BT (2014, October). Human Colonization of Alaska & Beyond. 4th Annual Archaeology Festival, Montauk Historical Society, Montauk, NY.

Wygal, BT & Krasinski, KE (2014, April). Late Glacial Exploration and Colonization of the Last Beringian Frontier. 79th Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX.

Wygal, BT (2013, October). By Land or Sea? Human Colonization of Southern Alaska. The Paleoamerican Odyssey: A Conference Focused on First Americans Archaeology, Santa Fe, NM.

Wygal, BT (2009, June). Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Denali National Park and Preserve. Murie Science and Learning Center, Denali Park, AK.

Wygal, BT (2008, March). Following the Ice? Early Holocene Adaptations in Southcentral Alaska. 73rd Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Wygal, BT and Krasinski, KE (2006, November). The Archaeology of Southcentral Alaska. Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University, sponsored by International Quaternary Association and National Science Foundation, College Station, TX.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Krasinski, KE, Seager-Boss, F, Taormina, K & Wygal, BT (2014). Late Holocene Land Use in the Middle Susitna River Valley, Alaska (Poster). In 79th Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology. Ausitn, TX.

Mitchell, D, Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT, & Gómez Coutouly, YA. (2014). Site Discovery and Lithic Analyses from the Middle Tanana Valley, Alaska. In the Northeastern Anthropological Association Conference. Potsdam, NY.

Rieger, K & Wygal, BT (2014). The Extinction of Neandertal in the Caucasus. In the Northeastern Anthropological Association Conference. Potsdam, NY.

Wells, J, Wygal, BT, Krasinski, KE & Seager-Boss, F (2014). Adelphi Archaeological Survey and Excavations in the Susitna Valley, Alaska. In the Northeastern Anthropological Association Conference. Potsdam, NY.

Wygal, BT, Krasinski, KE, Seager-Boss, F, & Wells, J. (2014). The Early to Middle Prehistoric Archaeology of Trapper Creek, Alaska: Expanded Excavations and Recent Results (Poster). In 41st Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks, AK.

Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT, Gómez Coutouly, YA, & Mitchell, D (2014). The Archaeology of the Goodpaster-Volkmar Region, Middle Tanana Valley, Alaska: An International Collaboration (Poster). In 41st Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks, AK.

Rieger, K & Wygal, BT (2014). On the Extinction of Neandertal in Eurasia. In 41st Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks, AK.

Mitchell, D, Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT, & Gómez Coutouly, YA (2014). Archaeological Survey of the Volkmar and Goodpaster River areas of the Middle Tanana Valley, Alaska. In 41st Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks, AK.

Wells, J, Wygal, BT, Krasinski, KE, & Seager-Boss, F (2014). Middle Susitna Valley Archaeological Survey Report from Project Years 2011-2013. In 41st Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks, AK.

Taormina, KA, Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT, & Seager-Boss, F (2013). Site Structure at Chunilna Village: An Athapaskan Salmon Storage Site in Chase, Alaska. In 40th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK.

Gundel, A, Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT, & Tedor, RM (2013). Patterns in Middle Holocene Lithic Production at Volkmar Lake, Alaska. In 40th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK.

Wygal, BT, Krasinski, KE, & Seager-Boss, F (2013). Do Recent Discoveries at Trapper Creek Suggest an Earlier Occupation of the Middle Susitna Valley? (Poster). In 40th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK.

Wygal, BT (2012). The Microblade/Non-Microblade Dichotomy: Climatic Implications, Toolkit Variability, and the Role of Tiny Tools in Eastern Beringia. In 77th Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology. Memphis, TN.

Hernandez, N, Krasinski, KE, and Wygal, BT (2012). Discovering Chronology: Results of the 2011 Adelphi Archaeological Field School in the Susitna Valley, Alaska. In 39th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Seattle, WA.

Krasinski, KE, Wygal, BT and Tedor, RM (2012). New Lacustrine Archaeological Localities at Volkmar Lake, Tanana Valley, Alaska. In 39th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Seattle, WA.

Wygal, BT (2012). Cold Case: Archaeological Interpretations for Post-Glacial Adaptations in Southcentral Alaska. In 39th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Seattle, WA.

Wygal, BT (2011). Testing the Mammoth Refugium Hypothesis in the Central Alaska Range. In 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Sacramento, CA.

Wygal, BT (2011). Middle to Late Holocene Cultural Continuity or Hiatus in the Susitna Valley? In 38th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks, AK.

Wygal, BT (2010). Archaeological Exploration in Denali National Park and Preserve. In 18th Annual Arctic Conference. Bryn Mawr, PA.

Wygal, BT (2010). Modeling Seasonality from Assemblage Variability in Central and Southcentral Alaska. In 37th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK.

Wygal, BT (2009). "Modeling Seasonality From Assemblage Variability In Central And Southcentral Alaska". In 17th Annual Arctic Conference, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado. Boulder.

Wygal, BT (2009). "Archaeological Survey of Denali National Park and Preserve: Assessments, Models, and Hypotheses". In 36th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Juneau.

Wygal, BT (2009). "Analogous Scenarios: Deglaciation and the Human Colonization of Northern Europe". In 36th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Juneau.

Coffman, SC and Wygal, BT (2008). "Early Holocene Lithic Reduction from the Bull River and Costello Creek Area of Denali National Park". In 35th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage.

Wygal, BT (2008). "Results of the 2007 Archaeological Survey of Denali National Park and Preserve". In 35th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage.

Wygal, BT (2007). "Microblade/Non-Microblade Dichotomy in Southcentral Alaska". In 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Austin.

Wygal, BT (2007). "Microblade/Non-Microblade Dichotomy in Southcentral Alaska". In 34th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks.

Wygal, BT and Goebel, T (2006). "Early Holocene Colonization of Southcentral Alaska". In 33th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Kodiak.

Wygal, BT and Seager-Boss, F (2005). "Early Holocene Colonization of Southcentral Alaska". In 13th Annual Arctic Conference. University of California-Davis.

VanderHoek, R, Wygal, BT, Holmes, C, McMahan, D, and Tedor, R (2005). "Ice Patch Atlatls, Frost Boils, and Historic Trails: The OHA 2004 Field Season in the Denali Blocks, Denali Highway Region, Alaska". In 32th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage.

Wygal, BT and Seager-Boss, F (2005). "Holocene Peopling of Southcentral Alaska: New Evidence from Trapper Creek". In 32th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage.

Wygal, BT and R Gal (2004). "The Last Day Site (XMH-497): A Notched Projectile Point and Microblade Technology in the Early Holocene of Northwest Alaska". In 31th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Whitehorse.

Wygal, BT (2003). "The Earliest Alaskans and the Earliest Americans Theme Study". In 30th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fairbanks.


Professional Activities

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2013 Co-organizer/chairperson. Greater Beringian Archaeology. Poster Symposium to be presented at the Paleoamerican Odyssey: A Conference Focused on First Americans Archaeology, October 17-19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

2012 Chairperson. General Session Arctic & Subarctic Archaeology. Symposium presented at the 77th Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis

2009 Co-organizer/chairperson. Humans & their Environment: Technology & Subsistence in Arctic & Subarctic Landscapes. Symposium presented at the 36th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association, Juneau

2008 Organizer/chairperson. The Archaeology of Alpine & Montane Environments. Symposium presented at the 35th Annual Meetings of the Alaska Anthropological Association, Anchorage

2002 Co-organizer. American Quaternary Association, Biennial Conference & Interior Alaska Paleoindian Site Tour, Anchorage

JOURNAL MANUSCRIPT REVIEWS
American Antiquity, Society for American Archaeology

Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Elsevier

Arctic, University of Calgary, Alberta

Current Research in the Pleistocene, Texas A&M University, College Station

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Society of American Archaeology
Alaska Anthropological Association
American Quaternary Association