Anna Seiferle-Valencia, PhD

Research and Outreach Manager, AIRES Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

Anna is the Program Coordinator at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, where she is responsible for coordinating logistics for all programmatic aspects of the Lab’s activities, including the Science Café lecture series, space use and rental, supporting research activities, coordinating the watering schedule for the gardens at the Lab, and more.  She combines skillsets garnered from experience in academe, museums, collections management, and academic publishing to best support the dynamic activities of the Desert Laboratory.

Anna's research expertise is Mesoamerican archaeology and Colonial-period pictorial manuscripts, especially maps and, more recently, botanical manuscripts.  Her current research combines my interests in pictorial manuscripts, applied herbalism, and the sociocultural dynamics of circulation and suppression of ethnobotanical knowledge in Colonial Mexico.


  • PhD, Anthropology/Mesoamerican Archaeology, Harvard University
  • AM, Anthropology/Mesoamerican Archaeology, Harvard University
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Arizona