I am interested in cross cultural variation in material hunting technology, particularly the tools that have traditionally been used to hunt nonhuman primates. Hunting tools like blowguns, bows and arrows, crossbows, and spears show tremendous variation across the world, including among societies living in the same environments. While some of this variation is related to the availability of raw materials and the particular animals which are being hunted, much of it reflects the identities of the different individuals and cultural groups that make them. My research focuses on hunting tools as both objects of subsistence and objects of identity. I am currently working with Russell Mittermeier of Conservation International on a project exploring the relationship between blowguns, primate hunting, and cultural identity.