About Matthew Douglass

Dr. Matthew Douglass is Director of the Master of Applied Science Program at the University of Nebraska and also serves as advisor for the Science for Educators Specialization in the program. Matt's research has focused on modern and prehistoric human environmental interaction in semi-arid regions of the world, as well as public engagement and cultural resource managment in the Great Plains. He has worked to involve student in his field projects through independent study, graduate and undergraduate thesis research, and field schools, and has a number of ongoing student research collaborations. Matt is actively engaged in public outreach projects with the National Forest Service and the Center for Great Plains Studies and has interdisciplinary research collaborations in Kenya, South Africa, and Australia, including the Koobi Fora Field School at Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya. In his free time, Dr. Douglass enjoys traveling, camping, hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and children.


PhD - University of Auckland, New Zealand, Anthropology (2010)
MA - University of Nebraska, Anthropology and Geography (2005)
BA - University of Nebraska, Anthropology and Geography (2002)

Research interests

Prehistoric/Historic/Modern Human Environmental Interaction; Citizen Science/Public Engagement; Geoarchaeolgy/Landscape Archaeology;  Lithic Technology; Archaeology/Anthropology of: Great Plains, Australia, Kenya, South Africa.

Current Projects

Current Grants


Program Coordinator Matt Douglass

Contact information

149A Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln, NE 68583
Phone: 402-270-7220

Matt's Public Engagement/ Citizen Science Collaboration with the USDA Forest Service: Your United States National Grasslands