Jonathan Dombrosky, a senior anthropology major and student in UNT’s Honors College, received the Society of Ethnobiology's 2012 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award.
The award comes with a one-year membership to the Society of Ethnobiology, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the relationships of plants and animals with human cultures worldwide. The award also included registration, hotel stay and travel funds to attend the organization's annual meeting at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
"This is going to be a wonderful opportunity," Dombrosky says. "I will get to meet the best researchers from all over the nation in this field, and hopefully I can create solid professional bonds with researchers with a variety of experiences and initiate future research opportunities."
Dombrosky's research focuses on subsistence patterns in the northern Rio Grande region of New Mexico from about 1300 to 1600 AD. His research will help answer questions about what types of animals humans hunted in that time period, how people procured and processed animals, and how these practices have changed over time.
Dombrosky plans to earn a doctoral degree in archaeology and contribute research to the field of zooarchaeology. He also hopes to become a professor and inspire other students as his professors have inspired him.
"Jon is an excellent student. He is excited to learn, is self-directed and is a self-starter," says Steve Wolverton, professor of geography, who is Dombrosky's mentor and advisor. "The Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award is dedicated to a student who shows excellent promise toward becoming a scholar. It is a prestigious award, and Jon is a truly deserving recipient."
Leslie Wimmer with UNT News Service can be reached at Leslie.Wimmer@unt.edu.