Cally Carswell

Cally Carswell is a writer, editor and multimedia producer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a contributing editor at High Country News, and covers science and the environment for magazines including Scientific AmericanScience and Sierra.


Kyle Bocinsky

Kyle Bocinsky (PhD Washington State University 2014) is an independent archaeological consultant for the Research Institute and adjunct research faculty in the department of anthropology at Washington State University. In 2016, Kyle was the Director of Sponsored Projects at Crow Canyon. Kyle manages several Research Institute projects, including the Pueblo Farming Project, the SKOPE project,
the CC-DATA project, and the computational legacy of the Village Ecodynamics Project. Prior to joining Crow Canyon in 2016, Kyle was a postdoctoral research fellow at WSU as part of the SKOPE project—Synthesizing Knowledge of Past Environments—where he developed large-scale, high-resolution paleoclimate reconstructions for the southwestern US. Kyle is a long-time member of the Village Ecodynamics Project (VEP), and has been collaborating with Crow Canyon researchers for almost a decade. He was part of the field crew in the 2009–2012 Mesa Verde Community Center Survey, and helped develop substantial portions of the VEP computer simulation of ancient Pueblo society. He currently lives in Pullman, Washington.

Kyle’s scholarly interests include computational archaeology, complexity, GIScience, human behavioral ecology, foraging theory, and plant and animal domestication. Kyle is the author of several software packages in the R programming language, including FedData for easy access to federated datasets, and PaleoCAR for high-resolution paleoclimate reconstruction. He currently has research projects on the Northwest Coast of North America, sub-Saharan Africa, and on the Tibetan Plateau.



Shanna Diederichs

Shanna is a fifth generation Coloradan and has lived in the Four Corners region for nearly two decades. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and recently completed her Masters of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Over the past 20 years, Shanna hasworked as an archaeologist on projects across the Southwest and in a few far flung destinations such as Alaska and Egypt. Shanna currently works for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center directing the Basketmaker Communities Project, a multi-year research initiative in southwest Colorado focused on community development in early agricultural society.


Kayla Eiler

Kayla Eiler is a Co-Producer for the Podcast and a Park Ranger and Visual Information Specialist at Mesa Verde National Park, specializing in digital media and communications for the park. With a background in video production, she enjoys
using these skills to tell stories that educate the public on natural and cultural
resource issues.


Donna M. Glowacki

Donna M. Glowacki is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and a long-time research associate (and past employee) of Mesa Verde National Park and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. For over 25 years, she has been doing archaeological research in the Four Corners that focuses on understanding how societies change, particularly the social processes that lead to regional depopulation and migration, the formation of large, aggregated villages, and pottery production and exchange. Her recent book, Living & Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-century Mesa Verde (University of Arizona Press), explores these issues.


Mark Varien

Mark Varien is the Executive Vice President of the Research Institute and the Ricky R. Lightfoot Chair for Research at Crow Canyon. Mark joined the staff at Crow Canyon in 1987. Prior to his current position he served Crow Canyon as a research archaeologist (1987–1997), Director of Research (1997–2007), Vice President of Programs (2007–2010), and Research and Education Chair (2010–2014). His first book, Sedentism and Mobility in a Social Landscape, was published in 1999 by the University of Arizona Press and was based on his PhD dissertation, which was awarded the Society of American Archaeology’s 1998 Dissertation Award. Since then, he has published numerous other books as edited volumes, including Seeking the Center Place: Archaeology and Ancient Communities in the Mesa Verde Region (2002, University of Utah Press), The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest (2008, AltaMira Press), Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth Century Southwest (2010), and Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages: Models of Central Mesa Verde Region Archaeology (2012, University of California Press). He has also published articles many scientific, peer-reviewed journals, including American Antiquity, Kiva, Ancient Mesoamerica, and World Archaeology, and he has published works for the interested public, including a contribution to The Mesa Verde World and articles in Scientific American and American Scientist. His research has been featured in articles in the popular journals American Archaeology and Nature. Mark’s research interests include household and community organization, migration studies, the formation of cultural landscapes, human impact on the environment, the human response to climate change, archaeology and public education, and American Indian involvement in archaeology.