Welcome to the NAU Anthropology PaleoDiet Laboratory
are what you eat and drink! In the NAU Paleodiet Laboratory, we use
biogeochemistry methods to interrogate the role of diet, climate, and migration
on past and modern human populations. This chemical wet lab, with a fully
functional fume hood, prepares bone, teeth, plants, and hair for stable isotope
analysis of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. These values in biological tissues
correlate to the diet ingested and the location and climate one lived in. Research
is focused on ancient Peruvian diet and migration patterns and modern hair studies.
The lab has an ongoing commitment to undergraduate and graduate student
training in research methods.
Dr. Kellner is a bioarchaeologist focusing on the biocultural effects of social interaction, especially how local communities and states are affected by each other.
and graduate laboratory internships are available by semester and academic year. No
experience necessary, but a background in chemistry and/or biological
anthropology/archaeology are helpful.
Research takes place in NAU Building 49 (Room 6).
Research operates year-round.
The project involves regular collaboration with the NAU
Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory; New Mexico State University Geological
Sciences Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (PI: Frank Ramos,
PhD); and geochemist Michael Ketterer, PhD at Metropolitan State University,
Partial support for this research program comes from the NAU
Hooper Undergraduate Research Award, NAU Undergraduate Research Mentorship
Award, NAU Interns to Scholars, NAU Faculty Grant Program, National Science