Anthropology / Everything Human

Our Staff

Our Staff

Chip Colwell, Curator of Anthroplogy photographed in the North American Indian Cultures (Crane) Hall.Chip Colwell – Editor-In-Chief

Chip Colwell is the editor-in-chief of SAPIENS and the senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, and has held fellowships from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Fulbright Program. He has published more than 50 articles and book chapters, and 11 books, many of which have received honors, including the National Council on Public History Book Award and the Gordon R. Willey Prize of the American Anthropological Association. His essays and op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Atlas Obscura, Aeon, and more. Follow him on Twitter @drchipcolwell.


Managing Editor- Department of Anthropology DMNSAmanda Mascarelli – Managing Editor

Prior to becoming the managing editor of SAPIENS in May 2015, Amanda Mascarelli spent more than a decade as a freelance science journalist. She has written about oil spills, autism, the neuroscience of magic, the biological complexity of sex and gender, and many other topics, and her reporting has taken her around the world. Her work appears in Audubon, Nature, Science, Science News for Students, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere, and she is a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age. Amanda earned an undergraduate degree in biology and spent several years doing lab and field research before earning a master’s in journalism. She lives with her husband and three children in Denver, Colorado. Follow her on Twitter @A_Mascarelli.


Daisy Yuhas – Features Editor

Daisy Yuhas is a freelance writer and editor based in Austin, Texas. As a science journalist, her work has given her the opportunity to explore diverse topics, including birds, brains, and bosons. She is a columnist for The Hechinger Report where she writes about the intersection of cognitive science and education. Previously, she was a staff editor at Scientific American MIND. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon magazine, NBC News MACH, Spectrum News, and symmetry magazine, among other outlets. Daisy studied English literature with a minor in biology in college. Though her subsequent stint doing ornithological fieldwork did not persuade her to become a scientist, it reinforced her love for learning about our world and its varied inhabitants.


Christine Weeber – Development editor & Copy Editor

Christine Weeber earned an M.A. in cultural anthropology and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Colorado State University in 2005. From 2009–2017, she served as the editorial manager of Museum Anthropology. She has also been a copy editor for the Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research journal, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, and numerous other clients. In her free time, she hikes, does healing work, and writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Christine has a new bilingual poetry chapbook available from Finishing Line Press. You can also find her work in the Kyoto Journal, A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Solo: On Her Own Adventure. She lives at 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains west of Boulder, Colorado.


jones_cropNicola Jones – Archaeology & Bioanthropology Development Editor

Nicola Jones is a freelance editor and writer living in Pemberton, British Columbia, just outside the ski town of Whistler. She has a B.S. in chemistry and oceanography, and a master’s in journalism, both from the University of British Columbia. Since 2000, Nicola has written for Time magazine, New Scientist, Yale Environment 360, Nature, and more. She writes about everything from earth science to quantum physics and edits commentaries written by leading academics from the physical and social sciences.


Keridwen Cornelius – Socio-Cultural & Linguistics Development Editor

Keridwen Cornelius is a freelance journalist and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. She often writes about scientific solutions to society’s problems, like how wastewater could help flush the opioid crisis, how beer could save Western rivers, and how an innovative surgery gives hope to kids with bizarre brain tumors. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, and National Geographic Adventure, among other outlets. She was previously editor-in-chief of PHOENIX magazine. Keridwen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in journalism. In her free time, she hikes, travels, cooks, kayaks, and writes screenplays and nonfiction. Follow her on Twitter @keridwen77.


Daniel Salas – Digital Editor

Prior to joining the Wenner-Gren Foundation in 2011, Daniel Salas was a digital intern at The New York Times and several new-media startups. He received a B.A. in anthropology and religious studies from New York University and an M.A. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. His research interests include ethnohistory, the anthropology of religion, eschatology, and food studies. Follow him on Twitter @d_a_salas.


Cay Leytham-Powell – Assistant art editor

Cay Leytham-Powell has spent her career thus far blurring the lines between scientist, writer, and artist, and she somehow landed in Colorado’s Front Range along the way. Despite (or perhaps because of) her fascination with human behavior, she holds a B.A. in biology and human-environment relations, and an M.A. in media and public engagement (a.k.a. mass communication). In addition to her work at SAPIENS, Cay is a freelance science writer and works with the University of Colorado, Boulder. Follow her on Twitter @_cleytham.



Isabella Alexander, Emory University

Emma Louise Backe, George Washington University

Leo Couacaud, University of Mauritius

Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Jeffrey Hoelle, University of California, Santa Barbara

Fred Nyongesa Ikanda, Maseno University

Junko Kitanaka, Keio University

Jason De León, University of California, Los Angeles

Wendy Gunn, Monash University

Josep Martí, Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC), Barcelona

Chandana Mathur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Nilika Mehrotra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Lindsay M. Montgomery, University of Arizona

Eduardo G. Neves, University of Sao Paulo

April Nowell, University of Victoria

Briana Pobiner, National Museum of Natural History

Egle Rindzeviciute, Kingston University London

Martin Schultz, National Museums of World Culture, Sweden

Veronica Strang, Durham University

Yeon Jung Yu, Western Washington University