Paul Buck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology & IRB Administrator

Paul BuckPh.D. Anthropology, University of Washington
M.A. Anthropology, University of Washington
B.A. Anthropology, California State University, Chico

Location: LAS Building, Office 168
Phone: (702) 992-2620

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Dr. Buck is currently the Principal Investigator on a research project about sub-pixel detection of archaeological artifacts and is funded by a 3-year, $372,786 award from NASA (begun in 2013; “Sub pixel detection of archaeological materials using NASA satellite and aircraft data” award #NNX13A66G). The program is currently underway at the Desert Research Institute. Dr. Buck was Principal Investigator of numerous other NSF, NASA, and U.S. Department of Education grants totally more than $3 million over the past 10 years.

Dr. Buck's  research interests include:

  • Prehistoric human adaptation to arid environments of western North America, the transition from food collecting to food producing economies in the Southwestern U.S. and Egypt;
  • The impact of technological change on prehistoric cultures;
  • Applications of remote sensing and geoarchaeology to prehistory.

In addition to his research, Dr. Buck has been involved in a number of science education projects and other efforts to promote inquiry in a variety of scientific fields, including the Shadow Ridge High School/Tule Springs Earth Science Education Project, funded by NSF to develop a new earth science honors course based on authentic research for 9th grade students (NSF award #0331249). He previously directed the Nevada Science Teacher Enhancement Project, a three-year in-service teacher training project program funded by the National Science Foundation's Teacher Enhancement Program (grant #ESI-9731285). Dr. Buck is committed to involving a greater diversity of students in math and science. He is also on the faculty of the Desert Research Institute, a non-teaching institution in the NSHE.

Dr. Buck has been married for 32 years; his son graduated with a degree in neuroscience from UNR and his daughter is currently majoring in mathematics at Carleton College in Minnesota.  He is an avid runner, having completed 13 marathons  and 19 half marathons in the last 9 years.

courses taught
  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 105 Introduction to World Archaeology
  • ANTH 216 Cultures through Film
  • ANTH 441F Archaeology of Ancient Egypt