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Courtesy and Adjunct Faculty

Mary Adair
Archaeological Research Center
University of Kansas
email: madair@ku.edu
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kansas 1984

Research Areas: Paleobotany, origins of agriculture, culture change; North America, Central Plains.

K. Christopher Beard
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
University of Kansas
email:  chris.beard@ku.edu
Ph.D. The John Hopkins University School of Medicine 1990.

Research Areas:
Dr. Beard's research focuses on reconstructing the origin and early evolution of the order Primates and its major clades.  He is especially interested in documenting how changes in the Earth's physical environment have impacted the evolution of early primates and other mammals.

M. J. Mosher
Adjunct Lecturer Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University
email: mjmosher@aol.com
Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, University of Kansas 2002

Research Areas: Biological anthropology, nutrigenetics, and genetic epidemiology. Research; Nutrition, lipids, immune system, and the effects of gene-by-environmental interaction on risk factors and disease susceptibility; Circumpolar populations (Siberia), Central Kansas Mennonites.

Sandra Olsen
Professor - Museum Studies
Sr. Curator of Archaeology - Biodiversity Institute
University of Kansas
email: sandra.olsen@ku.edu
Ph.D., Archaeology; University of London, Institute of Archaeology 1984.

Research Areas:
Dr. Olsen is a zooarchaeologist who has focused much of her career on the investigation of horse domestication, directing excavations of Copper Age sites and doing research in Kazakhstan.  In recent years, she has turned to advanced imaging of petroglyphs in Saudi Arabia, with particular interest in the impact of climate change on the Arabian Peninsula.

Peter Welsh
Professor & Director - Museum Studies
University of Kansas
email:  phwelsh@ku.edu
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, PA 1986.

Research Areas:
Professor Welsh's research has addressed a range of issues including the historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums. He has worked with native cultures in Wyoming and the Southwest, and has conducted archaeological research in Arizona and China.  He earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.

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