Research Interests

Hawai`i and the Pacific ; Oceanic Archaeology ; Agricultural Archaeology ; Environmental Archaeology ; Archaeological Method & Theory ;  Archaeometry ; Chronological Modeling ; Geoarcheology ; Agroecology

Education

Education
2014 - Present

Ph.D Anthropology

University of New Mexico

In Progress

2012 - 2014

M.A. Anthropology (Archaeology)

University of New Mexico

Master's Thesis: Soil, Water and Sociality: An Irrigated Agricultural System Linking Makanikahio and Pololu Ahupua`a, Hawai`i Island

Advisor : Michael W. Graves

2007 - 2012

B.A. Philosophy

CUNY Queens College

Senior Honors Thesis: The Challenge of Scientific Realism: Can We Save Science's Epistemic Authority

Advisor: John Lange

2007 - 2012

B.A. Anthropology

CUNY Queens College

Senior Honor's Thesis: The Prospects of a Properly Darwinian Archaeology 

Advisor: Alex Bauer

Fieldwork

Work History
2012 - 2015

Archaeological Field Technician

Hawai`i Historical and Archaeological Research Project
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014

Archaeological Field Technician

Beach Clovis Cache

Teaching Experience

Certifications
2014 - 2015

Teaching Assistant/Graduate Assistant

University of New Mexico
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Teaching Assistant

University of Hawai`i : Malama Aina Field Methods 
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013

Teaching Assistant

Hawai`i Historical and Archaeological Research Project Field School

Publications & Reports

2013      Graves, M.W., M.W. Oxley, J. Morehouse, J. Birkmann, and M. Hroncich Conner.  The     

                Hawai`i Archaeological Research Project: 2012 Fieldwork in Kohala, Hawai`I Island.

                Report Prepared for Kamehameha Schools, Surety Kohala Corporation, Anthony Sun, and

                Nani and Don Svendson. Hawai`i Archaeological Research Project, Albuquerque, NM.

2014      Graves, M. W., Kekuewa Kikiloi, Mark W. Oxley, Joseph Birkmann, Samuel Kamuela

                Plunkett, and Kelley Uyeoka 2014 The Hawai`i Historical and Archaeological Research

                Project : 2013 Wai`āpuka, Makanikahio 1 & 2, and Pololū Ahupua`a. Prepared for

                Kamehameha Schools and Surety Kohala Corporation. Hawai`i Historical and

                Archaeological Research Program.

Presentations

2012        Graves, M. W., J. Morehouse, M.W. Oxley, and J. Birkmann, The Development of   

                Complex Arrays of Irrigated Agricultural Features in Windward Kohala, Hawai‘i

                Island. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology,

                Keauhou, Hawaii Island, October, 19-21.

2013     Birkmann, Joseph., Mark W. Oxley, Michael W. Graves, Kekuewa Kikiloi, and Kelley

               Uyeoka. An Irrigated Agricultural System Linking Makanikahio and Pololū Ahupua‘a.

               Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology October

               16.

2014      Graves, M. W., Joseph Birkmann, Mark Oxley and Nicholas Ferriola, Kekuewa Kikiloi,

                Kamuela Plunkett, Kelley Uyeoka. Traditional Irrigation-Based Agricultural Systems,

                Windward Kohala, Hawai‘i Island. IndoPacific Prehistory Association Conference, Siem

                Reap, Cambodia, January, 2014.

2014        Kekuewa Kikiloi, Kelley Uyeoka, Michael Graves, Joseph Birkmann, Kamuela Plunkett,

                 No‘eau Peralto, Li‘i Bitler, Deandra Castro, Jesse Kaho‘onei, Kepo‘o Keli‘ipa‘akaua, Lilia

                 Merrin, Pua Pinto. Kohala i ka Unupa‘a: Nurturing Resiliency in Hawaiian

                 Socio-Ecological Systems. Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawai‘inuiākea

                 School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Paper presented at the

                 Annual Conference of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology October, 2014

Outreach

2014                 Islands, Hills, and Ancient Peoples. Presentation delivered to Manzano H.S.                     

                          Anthropology, Dec. 3 

2013                 The Development of Complex Arrays of Irrigated Agricultural Features in Windward                                  Kohala, Hawai`i Island“ Poster presented at Kamehameha Day 2013 Kapa`au, HI. 

2013 - 2014     Volunteer for Hawai`i Archaeological Research Project Community Outreach Booth.

                            Kamehameha Day 2014 Kapa`au, HI

Funding & Awards

CUNY Queens Anthropology Awards (2011): Lynn Cecci Memorial Award in Archaeology

CUNY Queens Philosophy Awards (2012):      Sir Moses Finley Award for Distinguished 
                                                                                        Achievement in the use of Philosophical 
                                                                                        Perspectives in Historical Studies

University of New Mexico: HED Scholarship $7,000