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Research Projects

Central America

 

We have research projects in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, many of which are collaborative with archaeologists from the University of Costa Rica and Florida Atlantic University. Research questions broadly focus on reconstructing both the paleoecology of local regions, generating paleoclimate records, and investigating the timing and intensity of human-environment interaction on the past landscape with special focus given to maize agriculture. Projects also include establishing a long-term fire history of the local environment.

Costa Rica fire

 

 

South America

 

We are working with a team of archaeologists in coastal Ecuador, led by Valentina Martinez, to investigate the environmental and climate histories of a variety of ecoregions, including cloud forests, located in an active cultural landscape. Additionally, Andres Garzon-Oechsle is leading on spatial modeling of past settlements and cultural activities using a variety of techniques, including LiDAR.

Ecuador cloud forest

 

Caribbean

 

We have a project located in the high elevations of central Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic. Our focus is identifying periods of climate aridity in our wetland sediment record and investigating the role of the mean position of the Intertropical Convergence Zone over the late Holocene on the Trade Wind Inversion elevation and subsequent paleohydrology of the highland valley study site.

Hispaniola

 

Florida

 

We are establishing projects that will investigate the environmental histories of South Florida including tree islands in the Everglades.

Florida Mangroves 

 

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