B.A. – University of Wyoming
M.A., Ph.D. – University of New Mexico
RESEARCH: Human interactions with mountain environments; Ecology and archaeology of hunter- gatherers; Heritage Resources and Recreation Ecology; Paleoindian/Paleolithic studies; paleoecology; Vertebrate taphonomy; Archaeological formation processes analysis/geoarchaeology; Method and theory; Site structural and spatial analysis; Lithic analysis; Regional archaeological survey and land use research.
For over 35 years, Dr. Todd has been participating in archaeological research projects seeking to refine our understanding of human-landscape interactions. This research has primarily on the North American Great Plains, but he has also worked in France, South Africa, Ukraine, and Turkey. A native of Meeteetse, Wyoming, Todd received his BA from the University of Wyoming and MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1983. Beginning with his first field experiences, which led to his doctoral dissertation research on the Horner bison kill site, he spent most of the last quarter of the 20th century researching the archaeology and taphonomy of North American bison kill sites. He has taught archaeology at Denver University, Boston University, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, and currently at Northwest College.
For the last few years, his field work has been split between investigating archaeology of early humans in Ethiopia during the winter and human use of high elevation, wilderness environments in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem during the summer. In 2008, he and returned to the Big Horn Basin, and devoting most of his time to research into the prehistory of Northwestern Wyoming and into efforts to promote stewardship of the area’s multiple resources.