Barrick Scholar Award Recipients

Dr. Debra Martin, Director of the UNLV Skeletal and Dental Biology Laboratory, teaching Human Osteology; Dr. Levent Atici, Director of the UNLV Zooarchaeology Laboratory, with the skeleton of a desert cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus audubonii).

Jan. 30, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Debra Martin, the 2014 recipient of UNLV’s prestigious Barrick Senior Scholar Award, and Dr. Levent Atici, the 2014 recipient of the Barrick Scholar Award. These awards recognize faculty members who have established a record of distinguished research.


Debra L. Martin is the Lincy Professor of Anthropology and a renowned expert in human osteology and bioarchaeology, which involves the analysis of skeletonized human remains from archaeological as well as historic and contemporary settings. She conducts research in the areas of nonlethal violence and inequality, gender differences and paleopathology, and the bioarchaeology of human experience with a focus on groups living in risky and challenging desert environments. She is the Director of the Skeletal and Dental Biology Lab at UNLV.


Levent Atici is an anthropologically trained archaeologist with an expertise in zooarchaeology, the study of hard animal tissues such as bones, teeth, antlers, horn cores, and shells excavated from archaeological sites. His research centers on the archaeology of two revolutionary socioeconomic transformations of societies in Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean—the Neolithic Revolution and the Urban Revolution. He covers the full spectrum of human-animal interactions from hunting to taming to large-scale management and industrial production of animals diachronically from the Epipaleolithic to the Bronze Age. He is the Director of the Zooarchaeology Lab at UNLV.