Courtney Hofman

I am an assistant professor and co-director at the University of Oklahoma’s Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research. My current research focuses on human-environment interactions on two very different scales, 1. human-wildlife and 2. human-microbe. First, I investigate human-wildlife interactions and their influence on changing environments over the past several millennia to inform conservation decisions. Second, I have ongoing projects to explore how significant cultural changes (ie agriculture, industrialization, etc.) impact the human microbiome. If you are a prospective student interested in either area, please contact me!


Research Interests:

Ancient DNA, microbiomes, historical ecology,coastal, archaeology, genomics, translocations, zooarchaeology, conservation genetics, high-throughput DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, human-environment interactions, archaeogenomics, domestication, and science education.


Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research


Department of Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Program in Human Ecology and Archaeobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Research Affiliate


University of Maryland

PhD in Anthropology, 2015

University of Maryland

Masters in Applied Anthropology, 2011

University of Notre Dame

Biology, B.S., 2009

University of Notre Dame

Honors Anthropology, B.A. 2009