Dr. Nicole Mathwich
Dr. Nicole Mathwich is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, and archaeological research design. Dr. Mathwich received her BS from Santa Clara University, and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Mathwich previously managed the zooarchaeological reference collections at the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the Southwest. Over the past 7 years, her work in southern Arizona and northern Sonora examined how livestock and ranching affected Indigenous peoples of the Southwest.
Since moving to San Diego in 2019, Dr. Mathwich has begun research on the ranching
landscapes of San Diego County. She continues work on the Pimería Alta Isotope Project
as well as zooarchaeological projects on Pimería Alta colonial sites, U.S. Calvary
horses, and passerine birds in Little Colorado Pueblo III sites. She has published
several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.