PhD, Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2011 MA, Historical Archaeology, Illinois State University, 2006 BA, Geology, University of Minnesota, 2001 Dr. Dana L. Pertermann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geology at Western. She received her PhD in Anthropology, specializing in Battlefield Archaeology, from Texas A&M University in 2011. She completed a MA in Historical Archaeology in 2006 from Illinois State University and a BA in Geology in 2001 from the University of Minnesota. She has also taken courses under Prof. Hans-Peter Isler at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland.
Dr. Pertermann has a rich and varied research past, conducting archaeological investigations on Bronze Age sites in Scotland, geologic field research in Texas and Colorado, as well as publishing an edited volume of work emphasizing Conflict Event Theory, The Archaeology of Engagement: Conflict and Revolution in the United States.
Dr. Pertermann's current research focuses on digitizing the remaining original Oregon trail using near-surface geophysical equipment. She is also researching US military operations and private ownership at Fort Bridger, WY, from the late 1800s to the 1960s. She is also the director of the Center of Southwest Wyoming Archaeology and Federal Artifact Curatory Facility, housed at Western, which currently curates over 300,000 federal and private land-owner artifacts found in Southwest Wyoming. Dr. Pertermann also regularly gives lectures to the public throughout the region as well as offers Community Education courses for all.
Classes taught are Introduction to Archaeology, North American Indians, World Culture, Introduction to Rock Art, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics, and Bionthropology. She also has degrees in Geology, and teaches Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Geomorphology, Paleontology, Igneous Petrology, Geology of Southwest Wyoming, and Mineralogy.