Maya Research Program

Research Members of the Maya Research Program

Dr. Grace Bascopé
Dr. Grace Bascopé directs MRP's projects in the Maya village of Yaxunah, Yucatán, México and is a Resident Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Ft Worth. She holds a degree in Medical and Environmental Anthropology. Her Ph.D. was from Southern Methodist University, and she has taught at both Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Timothy Beach
Dr. Timothy Beach is a Professor of Geography and Earth Sciences, C. B. Smith, Sr., Centennial Chair of Geography, at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beach is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a leader in the field of Maya wetlands agriculture and is working in collaboration with both the Blue Creek Archaeological Project and the Program for Belize Archaeological Project. He has also conducted field research on geomorphology and geoarchaeology in the Corn Belt of the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, Iceland, and Germany.

Pieta Greaves
Pieta Greaves is a founding member of Drakon Heritage and Conservation. Based in the UK, she is the vice-chair of the Icon PACR accreditation committee. Her specialism is the conservation of museum and archaeological objects and she has considerable field experience in both conservation and archaeology, working in the UK and abroad. Her most notable project is The Staffordshire Hoard conservation project which won two awards under Pieta's leadership: The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation (2015 Icon Awards) and the American Institute of Archaeology Conservation Management Award (2014).

Dr. Thomas Guderjan
Dr. Guderjan is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler and an archaeologist with four decades of experience in Central America. He is the founder and President of the MRP and the co-director of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. His books, The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power at Blue Creek, Belize, University of Alabama Press (2007), and Blue Creek: Life, Wealth and Ritual in an Ancient Maya City, British Archaeological Reports (2016), summarize much of the work done at Blue Creek. ( or

C. Colleen Hanratty
Colleen Hanratty is an anthropologist with the Center for Social Sciences Research at the University of Texas at Tyler and co-director of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. She has conducted archaeological research in the southeastern and southwestern USA, Mexico, Peru and Belize. Her research focuses on the built environment and production studies of material culture. ( or

Dr. Christophe Helmke
Dr. Christophe Helmke is Associate Professor of American Indian Languages and Cultures at the Institute of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His primary research interests are Mesoamerican archaeology and epigraphy. Most of his research has focused on Mesoamerica, especially on the Classic Maya, Teotihuacan and the Epiclassic cultures of Central Mexico.

Dr. Lars Kotthoff
Dr. Lars Kotthoff is an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Wyoming. His research focuses on the analysis of hard problems in artificial intelligence and how to teach machines to solve them more efficiently. In his spare time, he likes digging in he dirt and using Computer Science to make the results of archaeological research more accessible to the general public. (

Dr. Samantha Krause
Sam holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. from Florida State University. Her research has focused on the study of ancient wetland fields in northwestern Belize. (

Hollie A. Lincoln
Hollie received her M.S. in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology form Saint Cloud University and a B.A. in Anthropology and Cultural Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and holds a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Sciences. She works in Minnesota archaeology and cultural resource management, both in the field and in the lab, for contract companies and the United States Forest Service. In 2011, she joined the Maya Research Program, where she conducted her M.S. thesis research, and currently serves as a staff archaeologist and operation supervisor. (

Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach
Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach is Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, and Fellow of the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations, at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach conducts research on Maya agriculture, geoarchaeology, hydrology, water quality and geomorphology. She is currently the President of the American Association of Geographers, and serves on the Science and Human Rights Coalition Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Katherine Miller-Wolf

Dr. Katherine Miller-Wolf is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-East. She earned her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the Center for Bioarchaeological Research at Arizona State University. Her areas of interest include bioarchaeology, conservation, identity, isotope and biodistance analysis, kinship, migration, odontometry and osteology, and social organization. Since 2003, she has conducted fieldwork in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Her most recent work engaged with the skeletal collection at Copan, Honduras where she investigated the role of migration and kinship in Copan's social organization during the Late Classic period.

Alejandro Pastrana
Alejandro Pastrana is a founding member of the MRP since its establishment in 1992. He has led excavations at the sites of Blue Creek, Tulix Mul, and Xnoha. He currently serves as the senior advisor to the directors of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project.

Dr. Hannah Plumer
Hannah Plumer received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and graduated with her masters degree focusing in bioarchaeology from Brandeis University in May 2011. She graduated from the PhD program at the University of Sheffield in 2017. She teaches at Niagra Community College in New York. (

Thomas Ruhl
Thomas graduated with a Master in Art History and Archaeology at the University Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Geography at the University of Cincinnati. His interest is on the ancient Maya water management and his fieldwork is focused on chultunes. (

Greg Savoie
Greg has been with the MRP since 2002 and completed his MA in archaeology from the University of Leicester. He is an adjunct faculty member at Regis College.

Robert Warden
Bob Warden is the Chair of the School of Architecture and the past Director of the Center for Architectural Heritage at Texas A& M University and has lead MRP’s digital recording project since 2008. Currently he is rendering 3D models of the Blue Creek project's excavations, artifacts, and caves. Bob has previously dealt with WWII battle sites in France, French cathedrals and Puebloan materials in Arizona. (

Marc Wolf
Marc Wolf, our project surveyor, has spent many years mapping Maya sites in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. Currently he is mapping the sites of Xnoha, Nojol Nah and Grey Fox. Marc Wolf is a Phd candidate at City University of New York and Instructor at Indiana University-East.

MRP Board of Directors
Grace Bascopé, Ph.D. (Dallas, Texas)
Bill Collins (Long Beach, California) -- Emeritus
Kim Cox (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Thomas H. Guderjan, Ph.D. (Tyler, Texas) 
C. Colleen Hanratty, MA, ABD (Tyler, Texas) 
Bob Hibschman (Eugene, Oregon)

Blue Creek Project Staff

Dr. Tim Beach, University of Texas at Austin
Pieta Greaves, University of Cardiff
Dr. Thomas Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler, Maya Research Program
Colleen Hanratty, University of Texas at Tyler, Maya Research Program
Hollie Lincoln, Saint Cloud State University
Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Katie Miller-Wolf, Indiana University- East
Alex Pastrana, Maya Research Program
Dr. Hannah Plumer, University of Sheffield 
Thomas Ruhl, University of Cincinnati
Greg Savoie, University of Leicester
Bob Warden, Texas A&M University
Dr. Mark Wolf, City University of New York and Indiana University-East.

Yaxunah Project Staff
Dr. Grace Bascopé - Project Director (Dallas, Texas) Lic. Elías Alcocer - Asst. Project Director (Universidad del Oriente, Yucatan)