Graduate Students

Scott Lyons

Scott Lyons, Graduate Student researching the changes in iron-working practice and their impacts on environmental change during Japan’s Middle Kofun Period, 5th cent. A.D.


Anna Nielsen

Linked-InArchaeology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. Anna received her BA in Anthropology at Brigham Young University, where she worked in the Near East with the BYU Wadi Mataha Project, examining Nabataean mortuary practices and the monumental façade tombs of Petra, Jordan. After completing her undergraduate studies, she came to Berkeley to begin her doctoral research, shifting focus from mortuary archaeology to examining questions of environment, landscape, and sustainability, particularly those pertaining to water management, in Japan’s Kofun period. She spends as much time as possible in Japan with the aim of building stronger connections between UC Berkeley and Japanese institutions to facilitate more international, interdisciplinary research. Her research interests include resilience and sustainability, GIS analysis, state formation processes, and disaster archaeology. She can be reached at: 



Sandra Oseguera Sotomayor

Anthropology Ph.D student at the University of California, Berkeley, and UCMexus-CONACYT Doctoral fellow. Sandra obtained her BA in Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and her MA at Stanford University. Her doctoral research focuses on the study of long-term human-environmental interactions. Using a mix of archaeological methods and ethnographic technics Sandra’s research looks at traditional ecological and agricultural knowledge of Indigenous communities in Morelos, Mexico in order to learn about sustainable-resilient landscape management practices and food sovereignty. Other research interests are: Agroecology, indigenous knowledge, and decoloniality.  Sandra is currently a research assistant and collaborator in the “Agroecology, Sustainable Food Production and Landscape Conservation: International Collaborations between Japan and the Americas” project funded by the Sumitomo Foundation through the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan. Sandra is also participating in professor Junko Habu’s ongoing Goshono Archaeological site project as the archaeobotany assistant and URAP mentor. For more information:

サンドラ・オセゲラ:カリフォルニア大学バークレー校人類学科博士課程在籍中。 メキシコ政府によるUCMexus-CONACYT 博士奨学生 (UC Institute for Mexico & the US-National Council for Science & Technology Doctoral Fellow)。メキシコ国立自治大学学士(ラテンアメリカ研究)、スタンフォード大学修士。主な研究テーマは、アグロエコロジー、先住民族による環境運動、脱植民地化。博士論文では、考古学と民族誌データの両者を用いて、メキシコのモレロスにおける先住民族の在来知・農業知の研究を行い、その成果に基づいて持続可能でレジリエントな景観管理と食料主権の確立を目ざす。2019年夏、カリフォルニア大学日本研究センターの支援により、岩手県二戸市御所野遺跡にて羽生淳子教授のプロジェクトに参加。東アジア考古学研究室の院生スーパーバイザーとして学部生の管理・サポートを務め、土壌サンプルの分析から繩文時代の長期的な生業の変化についての植物考古学的検討に携わっている。


Kazuyo (Kaz) Nishihara (Visiting Student from Kyoto Univ.)

Archaeology Ph.D student at Kyoto University, and Visiting Student at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Kazuyo conducts archaeological research in Japan and China. Since 2011, she has participated in excavations and laboratory analysis of the archaeological sites dated primarily to the Neolithic era. Her main research interest is in human-environmental interaction from a long-term perspective. Focusing on basketry from archaeological and ethnographical viewpoints, she aims to incorporate ethnographical records, folklore material collections, and traditional ecological knowledge in her archaeological interpretations. She is working her dissertation project on hunter-gather subsistence and land management strategies with a focus on the use of plant resources in the Neolithic era. Outreach activities are also her passion: she has engaged in workshops and lectures to bridge the gap between local communities and researchers back in Japan.  

西原和代:京都大学大学院文学研究科博士後期課程在籍。専門は考古学、とくに日本考古学、環境考古学、植物を素材とした道具の物質文化研究。京都大学学士、京都大学文学研究科考古学専修修士(文学)、日本学術振興会特別研究員を経て、現在カリフォルニア大学バークレー校人類学科学生研究員として留学中。植物を素材とした道具と物質文化、人間社会と環境の関わり、在来知の活用に興味をもち、修士課程以降は遺跡出土・民俗資料両方のバスケットを研究対象に据え、縄文時代から人間がどのように周りの環境を手入れし、また適応してきたかを検討している。2011年以降日本と中国で新石器時代の遺跡を中心に遺跡発掘および植物質遺物の分析作業に取り組んできたが、カリフォルニアでは日本と北米のバスケットについて比較検討を試みている。研究室の外では地元コミュニティへのアウトリーチ活動にも取り組み、京都周辺では他の若手研究者と組んで出張講義やワークショップなども行ってきた。Link :