Dr. Christopher Morgan

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 682-8992
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Anthropology, Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology
  • Research Fields: Archaeology, Ecology, Spatial Analysis
  • Disciplines: Anthropology, Social Sciences
  • Funding:BLM - Bureau of Land Management, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NSF - National Science Foundation, Private Industry, UNR - University of Nevada, Reno, USFS - U.S. Forest Service


I’ve mentored numerous MA and PhD projects, as well as undergraduate research projects.


My research focuses on the hunter-gatherer archaeology of the American West, China, Mongolia, and the southern Andes, with an emphasis on behavioral adaptations to high-altitude, desert, and other marginal environments. I am particularly interested in the ways mobility, storage, and settlement patterns articulate with paleoenvironmental change and the evolution of different types of hunter-gatherer sociocultural organization.

In the America West, I study the archaeology of Numic-speaking peoples across and beyond the Great Basin, the evolution of Archaic lifeways, and the different ways hunter-gatherers in the region exploited mountain environments. In China, I focus on more fundamental evolutionary questions: Lower to Upper Paleolithic transitions, the arrival or evolution of modern humans and human behavior, and the forager to farmer sequence between the Yellow and Wei rivers. In Mongolia, I collaborats with the National Museum of Mongolia on projects that track the origins of pastoral economies and the northeast Asian microblade adaptation. In the southern Andes, I work on collaborative projects with the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina that investigate the ways the region’s hunter-gatherers adapted to high altitude settings.

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