Dr. Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Science and is affiliated with the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR. Dr. Ferguson has expertise in archaeology related to the western United States, as well as Japan and eastern Africa. One of his research emphases is the compositional analysis of archaeological materials to determine provenance and study possible trade patterns and social interaction. Additionally, he focuses on analysis of stone tools, known as lithic analysis. Other interests include experimental archaeology and human behavioral ecology (how behavior has evolved due to ecological pressures). He has written about his findings, with articles appearing in the Journal of Archaeological Science and other leading publications.