College of Liberal and Fine Arts

PhD Alumni

The UTSA Ph.D. program in Environmental Anthropology only began in 2007. Since that time we have graduated seven students with PhDs., and we are very proud of their success.

Gráinne McCabe, PhD
2012. “Reproductive Ecology of the Sanje Mangabey in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania.”
Advisor: Carolyn Ehardt
​Gráinne is now the Head of Conservation Science for the Bristol Zoological Society.

Carla Pezzia, PhD
2013. “The Sober Self: Discourse and Identity of Recovering Alcoholics in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.”
Advisor: Jill Fleuriet
Carla is now an Assistant Professor of Human Sciences in the Contemporary World at the University of Dallas.

Deborah Moore, PhD
2013. “Genetic Investigation of an Unhabituated, Savanna-Woodland Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Population in Ugalla, Western Tanzania.”
Advisor: Carolyn Ehardt
Deb was a Research Associate with the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, Democratic Republic of Congo until 2016. The American Society of Primatologists offers the "Dr. Deborah Moore Memorial Grant for Early Career Primatologists" to honor Deb's life and contributions to the discipline.

Lisa Corewyn, PhD
2013. “Social and reproductive behavior of male mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) at La Pacifica, Costa Rica.”
Co-advisors: Thad Bartlett and Joanna Lambert
Lisa is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ithaca College.

Charles “Andy” Speer, PhD
2013. “Clovis Mobility at the Gault Site: A Chert Provenance Study using LA-ICP-MS.”
Advisor: Robert Hard
Andy is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University.

Lydia O. Light, PhD
2016. "Life at the Extreme: The Behavioral Ecology of White-handed Gibbons (Hylobates lar) Living in a Dry Forest in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Thailand."
Advisor: Thad Bartlett
Lydia is now a Lecturer at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Leah McCurdy, PhD
2016. "Building Xunantunich: Public Building in an Ancient Maya Community."
Advisor: Kat Brown
Leah is now a Lecturer and Research Scientist at UTSA.


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