SOCN Faculty

Kyle Bocinsky

Asst. Research Professor; Director of Climate Extension, Montana Climate Office


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Personal Summary

Dr. Kyle Bocinsky is an assistant research professor in the Department of Society and Conservation and the Director of Climate Extension for the Montana Climate Office, housed in the WA Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. He serves users of climate data and information in Montana, including outreach supporting agriculture, forestry, recreation, and urban and rural resilience planning, with a special emphasis on partnering with Native Nations to meet their climate resilience goals. Kyle is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in cross-disciplinary, computational approaches to studying resilience in socio-ecological systems, with a focus on high-elevation arid agricultural systems. In addition to his positions at UMT, Kyle holds appointments at the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. He loves living in the Northern Rockies — and especially being outdoors with his husband, daughters, and dogs year round.


Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

PhD, Anthropology, December 2014
Dissertation title: Landscape-based Null Models for Archaeological Inference 
Committee: Timothy Kohler (chair), Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, Andrew Duff, and Colin Grier

MA, Anthropology, May 2011
Thesis title: Is a Bird in Hand Really Worth Two in the Bush? Models of Domestication on the Colorado Plateau
Committee: Timothy Kohler (chair), Andrew Duff, Donna Glowacki, and Brian Kemp

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

Glynn Family Honors Program, 2004–2008
BA, Anthropology, May 2008
Thesis title: Rodent Stable Carbon-isotope Ratios as a Measure of Maize Production 
Advisor: Mark Schurr

Research Interests

human dimensions of climate change • computational social science • paleo-environments complex systems • plant and animal domestication • Indigenous ecologies • reproducibility