Dr. Carl P. Lipo. Carl is an Associate Professor at California State University at Long Beach, on the faculty of the Program for Archaeological Science and a founding member of IIRMES, a multi-disciplinary institute for the study of materials, environments, and society. Carl’s research combines pursuit of methods and theory for an evolutionary archaeology, studies of cultural transmission through agent-based modeling and phylogenetic methods, and archaeometric and geophysical methods for documenting cultural variability. Currently he is involved in field projects examining the prehistory of Rapa Nui, the Mississippi River Valley, and Guatemala, with a variety of collaborators.
Dr. Terry Hunt. Terry is Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, on the faculty in the Department of Anthropology. His research centers on the archaeological history of the Pacific Islands, particularly the origins of social and cultural diversity and the role of evolutionary and ecological approaches in disentangling this history. Since 2001 he has led the University of Hawai’i field project and field school on Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Dr. Alex Bentley. Alex is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. His work addresses two main issues: (1) Migration and kinship during the prehistoric transition to agriculture, using isotopic analysis of skeletal remains in central Europe and mainland Southeast Asia, and (2) quantitative modeling of popular cultural change, through formal and agent-based models of cultural transmission, with recent emphasis on random copying of cultural traits.