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Martin P. Walker

Ph.D. Student

Biography

Martin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Potsdam, New York and then relocated back to New York City in 1992 to Bronx, New York where he then graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2001. He next graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. After working for two years as an engineer he returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York. He then spent two years working with the Nels Nelson North American Archaeology Laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

In the summer of 2010, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and began graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and in the spring of 2016 was awarded his Master’s of Arts Degree in Anthropology. He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Archaeological Institute of America, Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology, the Order of the Engineer, UTK Graduate Student Senate, and UTK Anthropology Graduate Student Association.

 


Research

Anarchism and social organization theories, archaeometry, chronological hygiene and chronometric methods, coastal archaeology, database creation/management/use, geoarchaeology, GIS applications, Holocene environments, human-environment interactions, remote sensing, shell rings, social geography, southeastern archaeology, statistical modelling


Education

M.A. Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016

  • Thesis: Tracking Trajectories: Charting Changes of Late Archaic Shell Ring Formation and Use

B.A. Anthropology, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY, New York City, 2008

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, New York City, 2005


Professional Service

University

2013-2015 Academic Review Board. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2013-2015 Graduate Council, Faculty Senate. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2013-2015 Student Life Council Committee. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2013-2014 Member (non-voting), Board of Trustees. University of Tennessee, TN

2013-2014 President, Graduate Student Senate. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2013-2014 Academic Planning Committee. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2011-2013 Anthropology Representative, Graduate Student Senate. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Department

2015-present Faculty Search Committee, Department of Anthropology. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2015-present Faculty Representative/President, Anthropology Graduate Student Association. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2014-2015 Archaeology Representative, Anthropology Graduate Student Association. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2013-2014 Computer Pod Representative, Anthropology Graduate Student Association. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Professional Societies

2011 Volunteer. Developing International Geoarchaeology, 5 th Annual Conference, Knoxville, TN

2004-2005 President, American Society for Mechanical Engineers Student Section. Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

2004-2005 Treasurer, Society for Automotive Engineers Student Section. Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

2003-2004 Treasurer, American Society for Mechanical Engineers Student Section. Manhattan College, Bronx, NY


Awards and Recognitions

2013 Member of the Year, GSS. Student Government Association, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2008 Mitzi Ludwig Prize Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY

2008 Dean’s List, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY

2007 Presidential Scholar, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY

2007 Dean’s List, Herbert H, Lehman College, CUNY


Publications

Refereed Journals

(Submitted) Thaddeus G. Bissett, Martin P. Walker, and David G. Anderson. “High-Resolution Digital Elevation Data as a Tool for Archaeological Site Identification and Assessment: A Case Study from the Lower Atlantic Coast of the United States.”

Conference Presentations

(2016) Martin P. Walker and Thaddeus Bissett. “Coastlines, Stability, and the Science of Curves: Learning to Work with What You Have.” Paper presented at the 81 st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 6-10, Orlando, FL.

(2016) Alexander Craib, Martin P. Walker, David G. Anderson, and Derek Anderson. “Topper Flotation paper.” Paper presented at the 81 st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 6-10, Orlando, FL.

(2016) David G. Anderson, Thaddeus G. Bissett, and Martin P. Walker. “Climate Change and Cultural Response in Holocene Southeastern North America.” Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 6-10, Orlando, FL.

(2016) Thaddeus G. Bissett, David G. Anderson, and Martin P. Walker. “Pleistocene Coastlines.” Paper presented at the 81 st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 6-10, Orlando, FL.

2016 Martin P. Walker and Thaddeus G. Bissett. ”Utilization of Existing DEM Datasets to Discover, Paper presented at the 81 st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 6-10, Orlando, FL.

2015 Martin P. Walker. “Behavior, Environment, and Time: A Geospatial Analysis of Shell Ring Use.” Paper presented at the 72 nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN. In session: Shell and Shellbearing Site Studies.

2015 Alexander Craib, Martin P. Walker, Amelia Jansen, Amy Pham, Derek T. Anderson, Stephen Yerka, David Echeverry, and David G. Anderson. “Uncovering Features: Highlighting Late Woodland to Historic Activity at the Topper Site (38AL23).” Poster presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN. 

2015 Megan M. King and Martin P. Walker. “Evaluating Freshwater Shell Modification and Tool Industries at Mussel Beach with Experimental Applications.” Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN.

2015 Derek T. Anderson, David G. Anderson, Andrea N. Wu, David Echeverry, Alexander Craib, Martin P. Walker, Stephen Yerka, and Albert Goodyear. “Preliminary results from the 2015 excavations at the Topper Site, South Carolina.” Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN. 

2015 Xiaoyu Lu, Gene Bailey, Robert Friedrichs, Martin P. Walker, and Yingkui Li. “Evaluation of three LS-Factors in Hillslope Erosion Process Using Terrestrial Laser Scanner and GIS: A Case Study in Loudoun, Tennessee.” Poster Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, September 18-20. Buffalo, NY.

2015 Thaddeus G. Bissett and Martin P. Walker. “Exploring the Influence of Sea Level Rise on Shell Ring Construction and Use along the Lower Atlantic Coast (ca. 5000 to 2000 cal yr BP).” Poster presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 15-19, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Yingkui Li, Matthew Duchene, Jack McNelis, Xiaoyu Lu, Martin P. Walker, and Robert Washington-Allen. “A Streamlined Analysis Toolset to Process LiDAR Point Clouds for Terrain Extraction.” Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society for America, Southeastern Section, March 19-20, Chattanooga, TN.

2013 Martin P. Walker. “Design Over Space and Time: An Analysis of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shell Rings of North America.” Paper presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 6-10, Tampa, FL. 

2008 Sarah Blazer, Misha Jameson, and Martin P. Walker. “ACE Writing Manual: Collaboration, Creation, and Implementation”. Panel presentation at the Northeast Writing Centers Association 24th Annual Conference, April 12-13, Burlington, VT.

Popular Media Articles

2015 Martin P. Walker,  “Archaeology.” Central Booking Magazine Volume V, Issue I: 12-17.


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