Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Georgia (2014-present)
B.A. Anthropology, University of Georgia (2012)
2018-2019 Future Faculty Fellowship, University of Georgia Graduate School and Center for Teaching and Learning
2017 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia Graduate School ($2500)
2017 Norman Herz Small Grant for Student Research, Center for Applied Isotope Studies ($500)
2016 Joshua Laerm Graduate Research Award, Georgia Museum of Natural History ($1000)
2016 Society for Georgia Archaeology Graduate Research Grant ($2000)
2016 Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Graduate Research Award, University of Georgia ($1000)
2014-2016 Graduate School Assistantship, University of Georgia, Research Assistantship ($24,000/year)
2012 Department of Anthropology Head's Award, University of Georgia ($100)
2012 Georgia Academy of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper ($100)
2010 Brian Daniel Gumbert Award in Archaeological Field Studies, University of Georgia ($250)
My research aims, in part, to rectify some of the disparities between the available data and the archaeological narrative for the interior Coastal Plain, and situate the Ogeechee River cultural history within the broader narrative of hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence in the Southeast. I take a behavioral ecology approach to test whether the distribution and abundance of sites in the interior Coastal Plain is determined, at least in part, on the distribution and abundance of key resources available on the landscape through time. Underlain by the population ecology assumptions offered through optimal foraging and ideal free distribution, this approach will ultimately model the geographic extents of subsistence products across the Coastal Plain and compare resource distributions with archaeological site locations.
Other Areas of Study:
Archaeology and history of southeastern North America; settlement archaeology; regional-scale archaeology; species distribution modeling; chronology-building; hunter-gatherers; sociocultural transitions; environmental archaeology; behavioral ecology; territoriality; mobility; Native American studies; multiscale modeling; geographic information systems (GIS)
(* Denotes Peer-Reviewed Publication)
*Speakman, R.J., C.S. Hadden, M.H. Colvin, J. Cramb, K.C. Jones, T. W. Jones, C. L. Kling, I. Lulewicz, K.G. Napora, K.L. Reinberger, B.T. Ritchison, M.J. Rivera-Araya, A.K. Smith, and V.D. Thompson.
2018 Choosing a Path to the Ancient World in a Modern Market: The Reality of Faculty Jobs in Archaeology. American Antiquity 83(1): 1-12.
*Speakman, R.J., C.S. Hadden, M.H. Colvin, J. Cramb, K.C. Jones, T.W. Jones, I. Lulewicz, K.G. Napora, K.L. Reinberger, B.T. Ritchison, A.R. Edwards, and V.D. Thompson
2018 Market Share and Recent Hiring Trends in Anthropology Faculty Positions. PLOS One, in press.
Smallwood, Ashley M., Thomas A. Jennings, K.C. Jones, Jerald Ledbetter, Sydney O'Brien, and Charlotte Pevny
n.d. The Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast: Twenty Years of Georgia Archaeology. Manuscript in Progress.