Ph.D. (Advanced to Candidacy), Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 2006
M.A. Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 2003
B.S. Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 2002
Taryn teaches courses in biological anthropology and archaeology. Designed to make anthropology accessible, her classes are interactive and take advantage of anthropology's holistic perspective and considerable overlap of subfields like archaeology and biological anthropology. Classes are designed to engage students in discussion, active participation in learning activities and include lectures supplemented by PowerPoint slides. Blackboard is used to provide an on-line environment for additional interaction and assistance.
Her research interests include lithic technology (she also flintknaps) and bioarchaeology. Her areas of specialization are the origins of agriculture, particularly in the Near East, and peopling of the New World. Most recently, she was involved in a cooperative research project with UC Riverside's Computer Science department in shape similarity indexing of projectile points, and its application in understanding the spread of Clovis projectile points across North America over 10,000 years ago.
Taryn has previously taught courses in archaeology, biological anthropology, world prehistory and the prehistory of Europe and Middle East at UC Riverside, CSU San Bernardino and University of Redlands.
Fellowships & Awards
Graduate Dean's Dissertation Research Grant (2009-2010)
Dean's Fellowship, University of California, Riverside (2002-2007)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant - Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside (2005-2006)