Environmental archaeology (landscapes, icescapes, seascapes); human responses to climate change; archaeometry (isotopic analyses); historical ecology.
Dr. Lee researches the human ecology and landscape archaeology of alpine and high latitude environments with an emphasis on sharing the process and results with numerous audiences, including the professional scientific community, Native American communities, and the interested public.
In addition to his work at INSTAAR, Dr. Lee has worked for federal and state agencies and entities, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as well as a private consultant. He has directed field projects in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming and published articles in several respected journals, including Antiquity, American Antiquity, Arctic, and The Holocene as well as numerous reports, proceedings and book reviews. He advocates for the nascent field of ice patch archaeology through dozens of professional papers at international, national and regional conferences. He is a member of the Glacier National Park Cultural Resources Management Group (GCRMG) with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and the Blackfeet Nation as well as University of Wyoming and University of Arizona. Dr. Lee is on the Board of Directors of the Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve in Colorado as well as the Board of Directors for the Montana Archaeological Society.
He is featured in Visionlearning Profiles in Science.