Bilby Research Center labs, offices, and programs

Find more information on the Bilby Research Center facilities.

Anthropology labs

Visit the Anthropology Department or the anthropology labs to learn more.

Navajo Nation Archaeology Division and Student Training Program

The Navajo Nation Archaeology Division (NNAD) represents the first and largest Native American cultural resource management program in the United States.

NNAD operates a branch office on campus at the Bilby Research Center, and conducts archaeological surveys on the western Navajo Reservation.

In addition to these surveys, the student training program supports and encourages Native American anthropology students by offering:

  • workshops tailored to your interests
  • employment and on-the-job training in survey methods
  • analysis of :
  • lithics
  • ceramics
  • computer skills
  • tribal and federal policies regarding archaeology

Laboratory of Paleoecology

The primary mission of the Laboratory of Paleoecology, established in 1987, is the investigation of late-Quaternary environmental change through the analysis of pollen, plant macrofossils, and charcoal from:

  • stratigraphic profiles
  • sediment cores
  • archaeological sites
  • packrat midden assemblages

Recent projects have been conducted primarily in the western states, as well as Alaska, northern Mexico, and New England.

Facilities at the Bilby Research Center include:

  • a state-of-the-art pollen processing room
  • several microscopes for a variety of analyses
  • a magnetic susceptibility system
  • a reference collection that contains approximately 2,500 modern pollen specimens and 1,200 macrofossil specimens
  • coring and boat equipment for collecting sediment cores from a variety of environments

Contact Scott Anderson at 928-523-5821 for more information.

Environmental Mercury Lab

Research in the Holocene Environmental Change Laboratory is focused on detecting the magnitude of human impact on watersheds. Current research includes:

  • analysis of sediment cores recovered from reservoirs in northern Arizona
  • assessing the history and regional extent of metals contamination—primarily lead and mercury—in Arizona watersheds
  • assessing biological productivity in lakes and reservoirs through water quality monitoring and modeling

Contact Paul Gremillion at 928-523-5382 for more information.

Hopi Tribal Water Resources Program (Flagstaff Field Office)

The Hopi Tribe, Division of Natural Resources, maintains their Flagstaff field office at the Bilby Research Center. Contact Jim Duffield at 928-607-7615 or