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I am a university professor and research scientist actively working in the field of Anthropology and specializing in the subfields of Physical/Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. More specifically I am a Bioarchaeologist and Zooarchaeologist with a tendency toward working as a Forensic Anthropologist. But don’t let the Anthropology part fool you. Although my doctorate (Ph.D., 1996, CUNY Grad. Center, NYC) looks to be of the social sciences, in reality I am more of a Physical or Hard Scientist. My background training has a large dose (perhaps more than most Anthropologists) of Anatomy & Physiology, Comparative Morphology & Systematics, Biology & Genetics, Earth Sciences & Geology and Global Climate Change & Historical Ecology.
As a university professor, I normally teach a wide variety of courses. In the Biological Sciences, I regularly teach Human Anatomy, Anatomy/Physiology, and Comparative Vertebrate Morphology for pre-med., Nursing, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students. Within the field of Anthropology, I have taught a great variety of courses that include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Native North Americans, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Human Variation, Human Fossil Record, Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, Archaeological Statistics, World Prehistoric Archaeology, Archaeological Field Methods, Archaeological Theory, Cultural Resource Management, Urban Archaeology and Area Archaeological courses for North America, the Circumpolar Zone and Europe.
Besides working as a university professor, I have also tutor students from graduate students to the high school level. Where does the Illustrator/Artist part fit in? While working toward my doctorate in Anthropology, I also trained to be a professional Illustrator. The drawing/drafting/art skills helped to pay for graduate school and this skill set now greatly helps with my research.
I have a Ph.D. in Anthropology and in the subfields of Anthropology, and I specialize in Archaeology, Biological/Physical Anthropology. More specifically, I am a Bioarcharchaeologist/ Forensic Anthropologist and Zooarchaeologist. I am a university professor and have been active in my field for 28 years.
The topical areas I cover in relation to your categories are Archaeology (European and North American since the Upper Paleolithic to 19th century... which would cover your "classics" category), Ecology, Genetics, Zoology and the quantitative methods of statistics.
I am a professional Archaeologist and Anthropologist, earning my PhD in 1996 from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. I hold two Master's degrees in Anthropology (subfields of Archaeology and Biological/Physical Anthropology). These degrees are from CUNY Graduate Center (MPhil) and NYU (MA). My undergraduate degree is also in Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY.
The positions I now am working:
1. Adjunct Associate Professor at York College, CUNY
2. Research Associate, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History
I specialize in the subfields of Archaeolzoology (or Zooarchaeology), Paleontology, Paleobiology, Bioarchaeology and Human Forensic (or Forensic Anthropology). All of which indicate an advanced understanding of the fields of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Zoology, Biology and Genetics (Molecular aDNA) and Statistics.
As an Archaeologist, I specialize in the time periods of:
1. European Prehistory, Classical, Medieval and Post Medieval (up to the late 19th century)
2. Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology of North America
3. Prehistoric Archaeology of South America
I have played and studied chess for a good deal of life. My father was a national master in the late 1950s and was my tutor throughout the time I did rated play. On the older chess scale I finished my rated play at a B/A level. I now prefer the occasional game, chess puzzles with my computer or introducing my undergraduate and graduate students to chess logic.
It is often required that archaeologists specialize in both a set of methodological approaches (mine is Zooarchaeology, Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology) and in regional and temporal periods. My dissertation involved developing the first draft of the Zooarchaeological Record for Iceland since the Late Viking period to the late 19th century. In my training not only did I concentrate on Medieval and Post Medieval European Archaeology and History I was also required for my PhD to be conversant with Classical Archaeology and the equivalent Classical-Historical sources. Essentially for my doctoral orals and exam, I had to be able to teach courses in European Archaeology, starting with Late Neolithic, moving onto the Classical World of Rome and their contemporaries, through the Middle Ages into the late Post Medieval period.
I am a professional illustrator, specializing in medical, scientific and technical illustration. In addition I also work with print making methods (preferring the media of etching, wood blocks and engraving) and water color.
Any researcher working in the fields of Natural Science has to be conversant with the study of Genetics. The use of genomic research in any of the Paleo-Sciences, such as Zooarchaeology and Bioarchaeology Forensic Anthropology, is now consider standard. In my training I spent a great deal of time studying human genetics and now am collaborating with Geneticists to examine the genome of Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene people in Southern South America.
I have two rather unique and somewhat rare specialties within the Discipline of Anthropology and Archaeology. The first deals very specifically with Zoology, referred to as Zooarchaeology (here in North America, but in Europe, known as Archaeozoology). As the name applied I am an Archaeologist well trained in Zoology, Comparative Morphology, Pathology, Anatomy & Physiology, Paleobiology (yes of course Biology), Ecology and Genetics. For the most part I work with animals of the past, although I am often involved with current conservation issues of many “Red Book” taxa.
The other specialty?... the study of Bioarchaeology or Forensic Anthropology which pertains to Human remains.
Hunter College, CUNY, New York (Anthro-Archaeology)
New York University, New York (Master's)
City University of New York - Graduate Center (PhD)
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Thomas will travel within 5 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11215.
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