Doctoral Candidate


Baldwin Hall 265C

I am a doctoral candidate (ABD) working with Victor Thompson here at UGA. I specialize in the areas of Island and Coastal Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and the Cultures of the South Pacific.  I have studied Oceanic Societies for over six years, including as an undergraduate working with Dr. Carmen White at Central Michigan University. Since 2011, I have worked on archaeological field projects in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and South Carolina as well as in Fiji, French Polynesia, and the Cook Islands. This includes pre-dissertation research on the remote atolls of Manihiki and Rakahanga in the northern Cook Islands. My laboratory experience includes two years as a research assistant at the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology and training in zooarchaeological methods from dissertation committee member Dr. Elizabeth Reitz. I have been a teaching assistant here at UGA for the past four semesters and I have TAed for three archaeological field schools. I have also been involved in public outreach projects aimed at educating children and communities about archaeology and its purpose (e.g., Speakman et al. 2016).

Currently, I am preparing for the completion of my dissertation fieldwork in the Cook Islands, which is scheduled for this year. 


Research Projects:
Manihiki and Rakahanga: Persistence on the Margins of Oceania
(PhD Dissertation Project)

Manihiki and Rakahanga: Persistence on the Margins of Oceania (PhD Dissertation Project)

This research aims to answer the question: How have humans transformed and managed marginal and emerging environments to create resilient cultural landscapes? To address this question I will incorporate methods from archaeology, zooarchaeology, cultural anthropology, and oral history as well as the theoretical perspectives of historical ecology and resilience theory.

I will work with the communities of two small atolls, Manihiki and Rakahanga, in the Northern Cook Islands of East Polynesia to conduct this dissertation project. Completion of this project will create a multifaceted deep-time understanding of the ways that humans have, and can continue to, create sustainability through landscape transformation and innovative subsistence practices. 



The University of Georgia

Doctorate of Philosophy, Environmental Anthropology: Anticipated Graduation Dec., 2018

Central Michigan University

Bachelors of Science, Anthropology: Graduated Summa cum Laude May, 2013


Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Island and Coastal Archaeology; The Cultures of Oceania; Ethnoarcheology; Zooarchaeology; Oral Tradition; Historical Ecology; Resilience Theory; Emerging Environments; Landscape Construction; Resource Conservation; Subsistence; Human/Environmental Interaction


Of note:


Lambda Alpha Honors Society, Member

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Alumni (2011 CMU Cohort)

The Society for American Archaeology, Member

The Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Member



Norman Herz Small Grants for Student Research


The National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention

The University of Georgia Department of Anthropology Janis Faith Steingruber Award, Recipient

The University of Georgia Graduate School Dean’s Award, Recipient

The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research Award, Recipient


The National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention


The University of Georgia Graduate Recruitment Opportunities Assistantship

Summa cum Laude Graduate, Central Michigan University


Selected Publications:

Jones, Sharyn and Justin Cramb
     In Review Dating a Small-Island Settlement in Fiji: Bayesian Modeling of the Nukubalalvu Site on Vanua
          Levu. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. In review.

Cramb, Justin
    2017 The Darrah Creek Site (20MC78): An Archaeological Investigation and Collection Analysis. The
          Michigan Archaeologist,
in press.

Cramb, Justin
     2016 Manihiki and Rakahanga: Persistence on the Margins of Oceania (Progress Report to the
          Government of the Cook Islands). Manuscript on File, Office of the Prime Minister, Avarua.

Speakman, R. Jeff, Matthew Colvin, Justin Cramb, Alice Hunt, K.C. Jones, Travis Jones, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katharine Napora, Katie Reinberger, Brandon Ritchison, and Victor Thompson
       2016 UGA Junior Archaeologist: An Explorer’s Guide to Georgia’s Past. University of Georgia, Athens.