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Katelyn McDonough (Ph.D.)

Katelyn McDonough
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Vaughn Bryant and Ted Goebel

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Katelyn McDonough received her B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 2014. Her primary research interests concern human adaptive responses to ecological shifts. Her dissertation work examines human-environment interactions and hunter-gatherer foodways in the Fort Rock Basin of central Oregon. Her first project investigates prehistoric diet and health through analysis of macrobotanical, palynological, parasitological, and lipid biomarker components of middle Holocene coprolites from the Connley Caves, Oregon. Katelyn is also using paleoethnobotanical approaches to examine the plant food economy associated with Western Stemmed Tradition tool technology in the northern Great Basin. Additionally, she is directing a sediment coring project aimed at paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the terminal Pleistocene/early Holocene transition in the Fort Rock Basin. Prior to attending Texas A&M University, she gained four years of archaeological experience while working for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bureau of Land Management, and private CRM firms throughout Oregon and California. Her recent summers have been spent conducting field work and co-directing the University of Oregon Archaeology Field School at the Connley Caves.