The Department of Anthropology at UNC Charlotte has a number of research laboratories through which undergraduate and graduate students may engage in research activities alongside faculty mentors.
The Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Lab
The Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology lab at UNC Charlotte houses our collection of teaching skeletons and forensic cases from the state. In this lab, students can learn and practice techniques of skeletal data collection, design research projects using the skeletal collections, and work collaboratively with Dr. Juengst to inventory the collection and prep samples for isotopic analyses. Additional research opportunities include forensic studies using animal bone or other proxies to investigate processes of decomposition, taphonomy, and pathological interpretation. Research in this lab prepares students for future bioarchaeological or forensic work in the field or lab setting. Please contact Dr. Juengst (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about the facility or inquires about research opportunities.
The Primate Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Lab
The PBEC Lab at UNC Charlotte (http://www.lydiaeolight.com/lab.html) focuses on spatial ecology and vocalization research. While much of our work to date involves the white-handed gibbons living in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in western Thailand, we hope to expand this in the future to include various species and multiple locations. Students in this lab work with Dr. Light to analyze the ways in which primates move over complex landscapes and how various behaviors including vocalization and social dynamics are affected by local ecological conditions. Students gain skills in specific software programs including ArcGIS, QGIS, Ranges, and Raven. Current projects are expanding into the applied nature of conservation, ethnoprimatological research, and parasitology. Students interested in working in this lab should contact Dr. Light (email@example.com).