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Contact information

Department of Anthropology
University of Utah
260 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-6252
faculty.utah.edu/~kbvernon




Appointments

Assistant Director, University of Utah Archaeological Center 2018-present




Education

University of Central Arkansas
B.A. in History and Philosophy
Conway, AR
2006
Northern Illinois University
M.A. in Philosophy
DeKalb, IL
2009
University of Utah
Ph.D. in Anthropology
Salt Lake City, UT
NA




Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

2020 David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Advancing Stewardship with Theory and Models”. PI: Kenneth B. Vernon.

Cross-College Training Grant, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Developing a Modular Online Introduction to the R Environment”. PI: Simon Brewer, Brian F. Codding, Kenneth B. Vernon.

2019 David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Advancing Stewardship with Theory and Models”. PI: Kenneth B. Vernon.

Earl and Elies Skidmore Endowed Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Graduate Research”. PI: Kenneth B. Vernon.

2018 David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Advancing Stewardship with Theory and Models”. PI: Kenneth B. Vernon.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Seed Grant, University of Utah Global Change and Sustainability Center. “Why Were Prehistoric Agricultural Societies in Utah Unable to Adapt to the Medieval Megadroughts?”. PI: Brian F. Codding, Simon Brewer.

2017 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Cooperative Agreement, Bureau of Land Management. “Archaeological Sites as Endangered Species: Using Next Generation Models to Predict and Protect Cultural Properties on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument”. PI: Brian F. Codding.

Research Grant, University of Utah Global Change and Sustainability Center. “Human Plant Use in Red Butte Canyon”. PI: Kenneth B. Vernon.

Research Grant, Friends of Red Butte. “Human Plant Use in Red Butte Canyon”. PI: Kenneth B. Vernon.




Presentations

2019 Kenneth B. Vernon, Peter M. Yaworsky, Brian F. Codding (2019). Decomposing habitat suitability with theory-driven machine-learning. Talk at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM.

2018 Kenneth B. Vernon, Peter M. Yaworsky, Kate E. Magargal, D. Craig Young, David Zeanah, Brian F. Codding (2018). Prearchaic Land Use in Grass Valley, Nevada: This time with Bayes. Poster at the Bi-annual Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kenneth B. Vernon, Peter M. Yaworsky, Kate E. Magargal, D. Craig Young, David Zeanah, Brian F. Codding (2018). Prearchaic land use in Grass Valley, Nevada: A novel statistical implementation of optimal distribution modeling. Poster at the 83th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C..

2015 Kenneth B. Vernon, Kate E. Magargal, Ashley K. Parker, Will Rath, Brian F. Codding (2015). Numic fires: modeling the effects of anthropogenic fire on foraging decisions in the Great Basin. Poster at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, CA.




Teaching

Teaching interests:

Behavioral Ecology, Human Ecology, Human Prehistory, Hunter-Gatherers, Conservation & Sustainability, Ethnoarchaeology, GIS/Spatial Analysis, Quantitative Data Analysis, Archaeological Method & Theory, North American Prehistory

University of Utah, Department of Anthropology:

  • ANTH 1030: Introduction to World Prehistory
  • ANTH 1010: Culture and the Human Experience




Professional Affiliations

Great Basin Anthropological Association 2016-Present
Society for American Archaeology 2014-Present




Base Code

I’m told this is my base R code:

blake <- function(){

    my_nature <- c("eat", "sleep", "whiskey", "star trek", "dig", "laugh", "run", "R")
    
    my_normal_day <- sample(my_nature, size = 24, replace = TRUE)
    
    return(my_normal_day)

}

I think this means I have no agency…