The Behavioral Ecology and Economic Decisions Lab (BEEDL), directed by Dr. Bram Tucker, provides workspace and resources for students interested in economic decision-making and behavior in global contexts.   We investigate human subsistence behavior at two scales: The cognitive scale of judgment and decision-making that occurs within human minds within their cultural contexts, with specific attention to perception of risk, time, and causality; and the household scale of livelihood strategies, focusing on food insecurity, vulnerability, and other correlates of poverty.  We seek to integrate…

The Biological Anthropology Lab Complex at the University of Georgia is directed by Dr. Susan Tanner and Dr. Laurie Reitsema. The research objectives of the lab group focus on biological, nutritional, and biocultural anthropology, with a particular emphasis on the role of environment in shaping biological and biocultural outcomes. The lab complex consists of two labs, the Bioarchaeology and Biochemistry lab and the Health and Human Biology Lab, both housing many resources that are available to departmental faculty, graduate students, and collaborative scholars.

Our lab is unified by interest in the human use and conservation of landscapes, and how those are related to cultural, historical, and political forces.  We are committed to multi-disciplinarity, with foci on cultural, ecological, geographical, and educational foundations.  As a result we practice mixed methods research, and our fieldwork methods include historical archival work, satellite image analysis, semi-structured interviews, vegetation assessments, socio-linguistic analysis, geographic information systems, and participant observation.  We also have a strong emphasis on…

The Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Lab serves as a venue for collaboration between natural and social scientists, locally and internationally, on research focusing on human cognition, decision making, and behavior in relation to natural resources, particularly with respect to the conservation of agrobiodiversity and foodways. The goal is to understand human-environment interaction in terms of the relative cognitive salience of environmental components such as plants, animals, water, and soils for different groups of people so that these local perceptions and classifications may be used with…

Our lab is unified by an interest in group-level decision-making with regard to land and environmental management, use and access. This includes formal "rules of the game" (social norms and rules, whether customary or statutory, de facto or de jure), as well as formal and informal processes through which land and resources are managed and governed. Interests span local to global scales of decision-making and governance, and diverse governance forms (state, market, community).


Lab members also share a commitment to situating anthropological theory and method in ways…

The Laboratory of Primate Behavioral Ecology provides a workspace for graduate and advanced undergraduate students interested in research on primate behavior, ecology and conservation.  The Lab has currently a range of research projects, including the understanding of: the communication of wild and captive western gorillas (production, use and function of vocalizations and non-vocal sounds), the spatial cognitive abilities, proximity pattern and ranging behavior of wild western gorillas, and the interactions between diverse primate species and human activities (Brazil, Costa Rica). The Lab…

Here at the QUIP Lab we are interested in applying stable isotope analysis of biological materials-teeth, shell, bone, chitin, and keratin-to aid in investigating topics like climate change, reconstructing paleoenvironments, identifying mobility and migration, detecting diet, and assessing human-environment interactions. 

Established in the fall of 1947, the Laboratory of Archaeology at the University of Georgia, is the largest archaeological research and collections facility in Georgia. Our mission includes preserving and curating qualified archaeological collections and records, facilitating research for professionals and training students in archaeology, and service to the state of Georgia.

The Zooarchaeology Laboratory specializes in the analysis of vertebrate remains from archaeological sites, but also works with invertebrate, paleontological, and ecological samples. The comparative collection numbers over 5,000 vertebrate and invertebrate specimens with an emphasis on animals from the southeastern United States, adjacent waters, and the Caribbean. Established in 1977 through a Heritage Preservation Grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) to support archaeological research, service, and training, over 280 archaeological faunal assemblages from the…