Brandon was raised in the Salt Lake City area and graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Anthropology in 2008. He continued his studies at New Mexico State University and graduated in 2014 with an M.A. in Anthropology and a graduate minor in Conservation Biology.  Currently, he is a doctoral student and college instructor in the Anthropology Department at Washington State University.  

Brandon has conducted research across western North America and the Maya region. He has over a decade of experience in cultural resource management having worked in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Idaho, and Washington where he has also enjoyed backpacking and fly fishing.  He specializes in human behavioral ecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, stable isotope ecology as well as ancient DNA, zooarchaeological, and lithic analyses.  Plateau has benefited from his expertise since the summer of 2017.