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, the Center for Desert Archaeology, and the U.S. Fulbright Program. He has published more than 50 articles and book chapters, and nine 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 work has been highlighted in such venues as The New York Times, The GuardianArchaeology MagazineSlate, The Huffington Post, Indian Country TodayThe Denver Post, and C-SPAN. 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.


Aaron Brooks – Senior Editor

Aaron Brooks’ two degrees in English have rendered him capable of expressing, in strikingly felicitous prose, why he should’ve studied anthropology instead. He loves to run and swim and ski, he loves to partake of exotic fare in far-flung locales, he loves his family, but most of all he loves being an editor at SAPIENS. When he’s not doing any of those things—or shoveling snow—he edits for the brilliant and generous folks over at The Open Notebook. Aaron lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he can often be found chopping wood and carrying water (and shoveling snow).


salashs3Daniel 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 holds a B.A. in biology and human-environment relations from Grand View University and is pursuing an M.A. in media and public engagement from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Cay currently lives near Denver, Colorado, where she enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors, and studying other cultures. Follow her on Twitter @_cleytham.


Christine Weeber – 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. Her research interests focused on cultural constructions of race—in particular, whiteness—ethnicity, South African immigrants, apartheid and post-apartheid society, and gender. Since 2009, Christine has been the editorial manager of Museum Anthropology, the journal of the Council for Museum Anthropology. She has also been a copy editor for the Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research journal, as well as Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. and numerous other clients. In her free time, she hikes, does healing work, blogs about caregiving, and writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. You can find her work in A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park; Solo: On Her Own Adventure; FEAST e-zine; and Planet Thrive. She lives at 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains west of Boulder, Colorado.


JillAdams_HeadshotJill U. adams – Contributing Editor

Jill U. Adams has degrees in general studies and pharmacology, which is serendipitous, as she now is a writer and editor of general-readership articles about scientific research. She writes a health column for The Washington Post and reports on a variety of science topics for publications such as Audubon, Scientific American, Ensia, Slate, CQ Researcher, Nature, and Science. She is also a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook. Jill lives in upstate New York. Follow her on Twitter @juadams.


jones_cropNicola Jones – Contributing 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.


Rosner_headshot_cropHillary Rosner – Contributing Editor

Hillary Rosner is a nationally recognized journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Hillary writes about science and the environment for such publications as National Geographic, Wired, Scientific American, and The New York Times. She has an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Colorado, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, and she has been an editor at the Village Voice and of numerous other media outlets. She is currently a contributing editor for the multimedia magazine bioGraphic.



Niko Besnier – University of Amsterdam

Susan Brownell – University of Missouri, St. Louis

Wade Davis – University of British Columbia

Agustín Fuentes – University of Notre Dame

Rosemary Joyce – University of California, Berkeley

Kristina Killgrove – University of West Florida

Barbara J. King – College of William and Mary

Daniel Miller – University College London

Susana Narotzky – Universitat de Barcelona

Briana Pobiner – Smithsonian Institution

Jeremy A. Sabloff – Santa Fe Institute

Mark Turin – University of British Columbia

Joe E. Watkins – ACE Consultants