Graduate Students


Ryan Breslawski

Graduate Student

Heroy Hall 434

BS Anthropology, University of Utah
MS Anthropology, Utah State University

I study the relationships between people and animals in North America's past. This work is mostly within the context of arid environments such as the Snake River Plain and Great Plains. For my dissertation work, I aim to explore the High Plains hunting economies of the hyper-arid Middle Holocene period (ca. 5000-7500 years ago). Prior to arriving at SMU, I received my MS at Utah State University and my BS at the University of Utah, both in anthropology. In the course of my studies, I have been able to work in a number of states, including Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Ohio.

Entered program in 2014

Region of Study:

The Great Plains and Snake River Plain of North America

Awards and Honors:

Student Paper Competition Award, 74th Plains Anthropological Conference (2016)


Breslawski, Ryan P. and Tomasin Playford
2017     Probabilistic models of seasonal Bison exploitation based on fetal prey osteometry and reproductive phenology. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, in press, DOI:10.1007/212520-017-0500-y

Byers, David A., L. Suzann Henrikson, and Ryan P. Breslawski
2016     Holocene cold storage practices on the eastern Snake River Plain: A risk-mitigation strategy for lean times. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 43:56-68.  

Breslawski, Ryan P. and David A. Byers
2015     Skeletal fat, processing intensity, and the late Holocene bison remains from Baker Cave, Southern Idaho. American Antiquity 80:184-192.

Breslawski, Ryan P. and David A. Byers
2015     Assessing measurement error in paleozoological osteometrics with bison remains. Journal of Archaeological Science 53:235-242.

Breslawski, Ryan P. and David A. Byers
2014    Holocene bison diminution on the Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA. The Holocene 24: 862-873.