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About Christopher L. Hill

Christopher Hill is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and Professor Emeritus at Boise State University. He was Acting Dean of the Graduate College in 2016, and Associate Dean from 2012 to 2016. He served as the Director of the Environmental Studies Program from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Hill is appointed to the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA); the USNC/INQUA is part of the Board on International Scientific Organizations, and represents the United States through the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Dr. Hill specializes in applying geologic and biologic methods to explore past and present environments, especially ecological and evolutionary responses to climate and environmental change. His research and teaching are focused on the evolution of landscapes and ecosystems, as well as human-environmental interactions in North America, Eurasia, and Africa. He is a specialist in interdisciplinary environmental science, conducting research in geoarchaeology and paleontology with expertise in stratigraphy/sedimentology and geomorphology, geochemistry and geochronology, historical ecology, and conservation paleoecology.

Among Dr. Hill's 6 books are two editions of "Geoarchaeology" which was co-authored with Rip Rapp and published by Yale University Press. A Chinese translation was published by the Science Press, Chinese Academy of Science in 2020. He also published "Mesozoic and Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology in the Western Plains and Rocky Mountains" which is an edited volume produced as part of the 61st annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Dr. Hill has published over 180 journal articles, chapters in books, and scientific abstracts in addition to technical reports and book reviews.

Dr. Hill is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society. He has served in several administrative positions, including Chair and Secretary-Treasurer, for the Archaeological Geology Division of the GSA. He was also elected to serve on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), which is an organization of interdisciplinary scientists founded in 1970 with the goal of advancing research on the physical, biologic and human dimensions of the last 2.6 million years of Earth history and environmental change. Dr. Hill served on the editorial board for the science journal Geology from 2016 to 2018.Geology has been the no. 1 ranked "geology" journal for twelve consecutive years on the online research platform, Web of Science.

Dr. Hill majored in Interdisciplinary Studies: Geology, Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. His graduate work was at the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University, where he earned a Ph.D. focused on geological and paleoecological evidence for long-term environmental change in the Sahara Desert (North Africa). Before joining Boise State University, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University and Associate Curator of Geology and Biology at Montana State University. Dr. Hill has served as a geologist for the Combined Prehistoric Expedition, is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, and served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Mores Creek Rim Ranches Water District (Boise County, Idaho).



Positions

2021 - Present Professor Emeritus, Boise State University
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2017 - Present Program Director, National Science Foundation ‐ Division of Graduate Education
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2013 - 2021 Professor, Boise State University
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2016 - 2016 Acting Dean, Boise State University Graduate College
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2012 - 2016 Associate Dean, Boise State University Graduate College
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2007 - 2012 Associate Professor, Boise State University
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2002 - 2007 Assistant Professor, Boise State University
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Special Act Award, National Science Foundation -2019
  • Provost's Excellence in Advising Award - 2010
  • Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America - 2008
  • Faculty Award for Research, Teaching, Service, Boise State University - 2004

Courses

  • Quaternary Paleontology
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Quantitative Methods/Statistical Analyses
  • North American Paleoenvironments
  • Human Evolution and Paleoanthropology
  • Ice Age Mammals of North America
  • Prehistory of Egypt

Education

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1992 Ph.D., Southern Methodist University ‐ Institute for the Study of Earth and Man
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1989 M.A., Southern Methodist University ‐ Institute for the Study of Earth and Man
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1982 B.A. - Interdisciplinary Studies (Geology, Archaeology and Anthropology), University of Minnesota - Duluth
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Contact Information

E-mail: chill2@boisestate.edu


Books (4)

Contributions to Books (13)

Includes encyclopedia entries

Articles (28)