LAM’s annual meeting and conference were held on September 11 – 13, 2022 in Monroe, Louisiana. Check back with us regularly for news and updates on next year’s conference.
Diana M. Greenlee, Ph.D.
When people hear that Diana Greenlee moved her family from Seattle, WA, to rural northeast Louisiana, the first question they ask is “Why?” Well, to work at Poverty Point! She is the Station Archaeologist at the Poverty Point World Heritage Site (WHS) and an Adjunct Professor of Archaeology in the School of Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). For the past 15 years, she has collaborated with archaeologists to study the Poverty Point landscape using remote sensing technology, surface survey, soil coring, and excavation, and she has worked with other archaeologists to learn more about the plant and animal resources the people of Poverty Point relied on and the different raw materials they used to make their tools.
Diana works closely with the Louisiana Office of State Parks staff to preserve the earthworks and interpret the Poverty Point site for the public. She oversees curation of the artifacts and associated records at Poverty Point and she assists other researchers seeking to do field or collections work there. As the Curator of Geosciences for ULM’s Museum of Natural History, she is responsible for maintaining the archaeological collections at ULM and updating the archaeology exhibit.
Diana earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her honors include being named the 2013 Louisiana Archaeologist of the Year for leading the effort to prepare Poverty Point’s successful World Heritage nomination dossier. Poverty Point: Revealing the Forgotten City, a book she co-authored with photographer Jenny Ellerbe, was recognized as a 2016 Humanities Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
In her spare time, Diana is a firefighter with the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Department. Her husband, Jack Libby, is the department’s chief and a handyman. Their son, Grant, graduated in May with his M.S. in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).