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Susan Monge

Graduate Student



Building & Room:

BSB 3148B


1007 W. Harrison Street

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Susan Monge CV


My research interests include zooarchaeology and human-environment relations in PreColumbian Lower Central America. For my Master’s thesis, I investigated the roles animals played in a Costa Rican costal archaeological site with support from the Institute for Social Science Investigations of the University of Costa Rica. I also taught an introductory zooarchaeology course and subsistence strategies course when I worked as a professor at the University of Costa Rica.

I participated as project manager on several environmental conservation projects with the surrounding communities of the Ribera wetlands in Costa Rica. I focused on environmental education at local schools and recreation centers, while carrying out tours and reforestation efforts with the local communities. Furthermore, I received the National Gold Cube award from the Costa Rican Architects Association for my participation in a community service project investigating the relationship between Linda Vista at-risk populations and their environment. This project culminated with the construction of an environmentally friendly bamboo playground based on workshops and interviews with the residents.

Selected Grants

Institute of Social Science Investigation, Investigation Scholarship, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Monge, S. (2015, March). Humeda La Ribera: Riquezas y dilemas. El Guacho: Periódico oficial del Comité Cantonal de la Persona Joven de Belén, pg. 11

Service to Community

2017-2018, Volunteer, The Field Museum of Natural History

2013-2014, Vice-President of local Youth Committee, Belén, Costa Rica

2011, Volunteer, Summer Program at Lubbock Lake Landmark

2010-2016, District Councilwoman, Belén Municipal Government, Costa Rica

Notable Honors

2019, Joshua J. Terry Graduate Award in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Anthropology

2019, Provost's Graduate Internship Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2011, National Gold Cube Award, Costa Rican Architects Association

2004, Award for Academic Achievement, National Honor Roll


Masters degree in Anthropology, University of Costa Rica, 2014
Bachelors degree in Anthropology, University of Costa Rica, 2010

Selected Presentations

2013, Panelist, VIII New Voices in Social Sciences Encounter, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

2013, Participant, IV Central American Congress of Cultural Studies, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Research Currently in Progress

Research Assistant, Elemental Analysis Facility, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Fall 2019. Supervisor: Dr. Laure Dussubieux

Internship, Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology, Smithsonian Tropical Research Lab. Supervisors: Dr. Ashley Sharpe and Dr. Richard Cooke