Local Sigma Xi Chapter to Sponsor Ice-Age Specialist

Anthropologist Ted Goebel will present “The Ice-Age Dispersal of Humans to the Americas: Do Stones, Bones and Genes Tell the Same Story?” at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

Goebel is an archaeologist who studies the exodus of modern humans to the Americas during the Ice Age. His field work has been primarily in Siberia, Alaska and the intermountain west of the United States, investigating archaeological sites spanning from more than 50,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago.

He has excavated important archaeological sites containing some of the earliest evidence of humans in Beringia, and most recently directed field research at Serpentine Hot Springs, the Ice Age archaeological site yet found on the Bering Land Bridge itself. In the Great Basin of the western U.S., Goebel’s research has focused on the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene, a period of significant climate change and human adaptation. Since 2000, he has directed excavations at the multi-layered Bonneville Estates Rockshelter (a dry cave in eastern Nevada), which contains a series of well-preserved cultural layers spanning from about 13,000 years ago to historic times. Goebel’s research has been reported in a series of journal articles in Science, Current Anthropology, and the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Currently Goebel is Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. He holds the Endowed Professorship in First Americans Studies and is the associate director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans.

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, is a membership honor society of about 91,000 scientists and engineers. The goals of the society are to honor scientific accomplishments, to encourage and enhance worldwide appreciation and support for scientific research, and to foster a creative and dynamic interaction among sciences, technology and society.

The Kirksville Chapter, chartered as a Club in 1989 and as a Chapter in 1995, is composed of approximately 60 members representing Faculty and students of both Truman State University and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.