Aaron Poteate

Co-Coordinator, Visual World Investigate Lab

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • M.A. in Anthropology, North Carolina State University, 2013
  • B.A. in Anthropology, North Carolina State University, 2009

Aaron is trained in archaeology and geospatial information science. His research has focused on the interaction between people and their environment on small islands around the world to better understand long term sustainability in marginal landscapes. Aside from digging, he uses data from satellites to investigate and visualize larger trends including biogeography, archaeological survey, and climate science. As Co-Coordinator of the Visual World Investigate Lab he uses visualization and technology to inspire and educate Museum visitors about the interdependence of nature and humanity.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Scott M Fitzpatrick, Victor D Thompson, Aaron S Poteate, Matthew F Napolitano, Jon M Erlandson (2016) Marginalization of the Margins: The Importance of Smaller Islands in Human Prehistory. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11(2):155-170.
  • Aaron S Poteate, Scott M Fitzpatrick, William S Ayres and Adam Thompson (2016) First Radiocarbon Chronology for Mwoakilloa (Mokil) Atoll, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia. Radiocarbon 58:169-178.
  • Aaron S Poteate, Scott M Fitzpatrick, Meagan Clark, and Jessica H Stone (2015) Intensified mollusk exploitation on Nevis (West Indies) reveals ~six centuries of sustainable exploitation. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 7(3):361-374.
  • Michael G Just, Jacob F Norton, Amanda L Traud, Tim Antonelli, Aaron S Poteate, Gregory A Backus, Andrew Synder-Beattie, R Wyatt Sanders, and Robert R Dunn (2014) Global Biogeographic Regions in a Human Dominated World: The Case of Human Diseases. Ecosphere 5(11):1-21.
  • Aaron S Poteate and Scott M Fitzpatrick (2013) Testing the efficacy and reliability of common zooarchaeological sampling strategies: a case study from the Caribbean. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:3693-3705.