M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Brendan Bombaci was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and has lived in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM; Manteca, CA; Columbus, OH; Durango, CO; and now in Fort Collins, CO. He has traveled extensively throughout the Four Corners region of North America which he has a great affinity to, and he has also visited Hawaii and Kau’ai, various locations in the Yucatan State of Mexico, both Tuscany and the lakes region of Italy (Como, Garda, etc), and both the North and South islands of New Zealand. Interests that influenced the direction of his education include Western and Ayurvedic nutrition; dietarily and musically evoked altered states of consciousness; prosody and semiotics; sacred geometry and numerology in the art, architecture, and religious systems of myriad cultures; and culturally varying systems of horology and archaeoastronomy.
In his undergraduate program, Brendan was trained in the four-field anthropological approach. He gave a talk on his undergraduate senior seminar research paper, “Defending Perceptual Diversity in America: Entheogens as Legitimate Contributors to Learning, Health, and Empathy,” at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. This paper is now in the Free Literature section web page of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a scientific and humanitarian organization dedicated to the intercultural clinical studies and legal regulation of novel psychiatric drugs. In a similar light, in 2013 he self-published an academically sourced nutritional reference guide, with emphases on liver health, cancer prevention and treatment, drug interactions, and widely unknown effects of foods, titled “A Need-to-Know Basis: Secrets of Your Favorite Foods and Stimulants.” For his Masters degree at CSU under Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass’ tutelage, Brendan used semi-structured ethnographic interviews as well as paper surveys to see if musical preferences as well as stress, depression, and anxiety are correlated with the ability of Arabic speaking international students to understand English emotional tone. His results were indeed indicative that correlations may exist, which may be confirmed by further mixed-methods research utilizing stricter experimentation, and a larger, more regionally diverse sample size.
Brendan is a pro photographer with many print and online magazine, news media, and government publications, who also volunteers with Larimer County Natural Resources to provide attractive media for their public outreach. He is also the moderator of the Front Range Landscape Photography facebook group, and in the process of creating a travel blog. He hopes to use his artistic skills to document and increase accessibility of his future anthropologically relative research.
Brendan has been happily married since 2005 and hopes to answer engaging inter-disciplinary research questions with his wife, a conservation biologist, in the years to come. He is currently pursuing socioeconomic and ethnic demographic data research opportunities with the National Park Service, and is also starting up a work-culture consultation firm.