Marie-José Gaillard is a palaeoecologist specialized in past vegetation, human impact, and cultural landscape history. She studied at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved to Sweden in 1981 (postdoc at Lund University). She was a researcher at the Department of Quaternary Geology, Lund University until 1998. She then moved to Linnaeus University and is professor in botany/vegetation history/palaeoecology since 2000. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science since 2011 and Professor Honoris Causa of the University of Tallinn (Estonia) since 2013. Her expertize is in pollen, plant macrofossil, and charcoal analyses, as well as pollen-vegetation modelling. She is interested in the interactions between humans, vegetation and climate in the past. Her studies were conducted primarily in Europe (Switzerland and Sweden in particular), but since 2010 also in Africa (Cameroon), China (temperate zone) and India (SE). Over the years she has had/have collaboration with numerous palynologists/palaeoecologists, and also with archaeologists, historians, and modellers (vegetation and climate). She recently coordinated a European research project on Holocene land cover-climate interactions in Europe. This project achieved for the first time a pollen-based quantitative reconstruction of plant cover over selected time windows of the past. The effect on climate of Holocene deforestation since 6000 years before present was also studied.
Position: Global coordinator; South & Southeast Asia, Oceania
Kathleen Morrison (PhD, UC Berkeley 1992) is the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology and department chair at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies the archaeology and historical anthropology of South Asia with a focus on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her interests include state formation and power relations, agricultural organization and change, colonialism and imperialism, landscape history, anthropology of food and stable isotope analysis, urban-rural relations, botanical analysis, Holocene hunting and gathering, and the integration of archaeological, historical, and ecological analysis.
Position: Global coordinator; South & Southeast Asia, Oceania; Methods & Data
Marco Madella (PhD, Cantab 2000) is ICREA Research Professor of Environmental Archaeology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). He studies the socio-ecological dynamics of past human populations from Mediterranean to tropical environments. His interests span from past vegetation histories, origin of agriculture and phytolith analysis, people-plants co-evolutionary dynamics, the modelling and simulation of processes in human behavioural change, and long term trajectories of biodiversity and sustainability in prehistoric societies. Key areas for his work are South and West Asia, and South America.
Position: Global Coordinator; Europe & Mediterranean; Methods & Data
Nicki Whitehouse (Associate Professor and Reader in Physical Geography, University in Plymouth) is an environmental archaeologist and palaeoecologist. Much of her recent work has been concerned with examining Holocene landscape change in response to natural and human-induced processs but especially the transition to agriculture in the Neolithic and the development of the cultural landscape. She has been concerned with the development of Neolithic agriculture, crops used, chronology, effects on the landscape and ecosystems and its implications for the British and Irish Neolithic. She is also a Quaternary entomologist, using sub-fossil beetles to look at questions of long term ecological change over the Quaternary, focusing on the palaeoecology and biodiversity of forested, grazed and anthropic systems.
Position: Global Data Manager, Middle East; Methods & Data
Emily Hammer (PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University 2012) is the Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Archaeology and Anthropology of the Ancient World in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an archaeologist who focuses on cultural landscapes, environmental history, and complex societies in the Middle East and South Caucasia. Her methodological expertise is in landscape archaeology, GIS, and satellite remote sensing techniques. Through field research in southeastern Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Azerbaijan, she has studied the relationship between mobile pastoral and sedentary communities of the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and medieval/Ottoman periods in agriculturally marginal landscapes.
Mats Widgren is professor emeritus at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. He has researched the history of agricultural landscapes in Scandinavia and in eastern and southern Africa, from the Iron Age to the present. Among is publications are Settlement and Farming Systems in the early Iron Age (1983), Islands of Intensive Agriculture in Eastern Africa (2004 with John Sutton) and Landesque Capital: The Historical Ecology of Enduring Landscape Modifications (2014 with Thomas Håkansson). He is currently leading a team in the mapping of global agricultural systems 1000 CE to 1800 CE.
Andrew Bauer (PhD, University of Chicago 2010) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University, where his research and teaching interests broadly focus on the archaeology of human-environment relations. Andrew’s primary research is based in South India, where he co-directs interdisciplinary fieldwork that draws on remote sensing, geomorphological, paleoecological, and archaeological data to investigate relationships among landscape histories, cultural practices, and the development of institutionalized forms of social inequalities and difference over the last six thousand years. As an extension of his archaeological work he is interested in the intersections of landscape histories with contemporary conservation politics and climate change.
Alice Yao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the archaeology of frontier societies in ancient China’s southwest borderlands. Currently she is directing a field project that combines archaeological excavations, paleoenvironmental records, and remote sensing to assess Late Holocene land use and agrarian practices in the highland lacustrine basins of Yunnan. This collaborative work aims to address the interplay between monsoonal variation and contexts of agricultural intensification over the course of 2500 years.
Umberto Lombardo (PhD, University of Bern 2012) is a post doc at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona with an SNF Advanced Postdoc Mobility grant. He is a geographer who studies landscape evolution and human-environment interactions in southern Amazonia during the Holocene. His interests include neotectonics, fluvial geomorphology, paleosols, pre-Columbian agriculture and settlement patterns and the region’s earliest hunter-gatherer occupations.
Eduardo Góes Neves has a BA in History, University of São Paulo, PhD in Archaeology, Indiana University, Professor of Brazilian Archaeology, Museum for Archaeology and Ethnology, University of São Paulo, He works in the Brazilian Amazon.
Position: Global Coordinator, South & Southeast Asia
Dr Bates is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvannia, working on the LandCover6k project, the archaeobotanical remains from Kadebakele and other Southern India Neolithic – Early Historic sites and materials from the TwoRains project in the Indus Civilisation c.3200-1300BC.
Her research uses archaeobotanical data to explore questions about the broader social, cultural and environmental contexts of how societies were internally organised, how villages and cities interacted during periods of urbanisation and deurbanisation, what happens when cultures meet and interact, and how people reacted during periods of climatic instability.
Dr Bates is currently supervising Ka Ki Jacqueline ‘Jacky’ Chan in sorting and identifying macrobotanical remains from the EHLTC project in the lab. She is also the lab safety coordinator.
Dr. Hill is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, working as a GIS specialist on the LandCover6K project. Dr Hill is an archaeologist specializing in remoste sensine, GIS, and faunal analysis. His research focuses on the later prehistory of the Near east. he is the field director of the Galilee Prehistory Project, a long term project focused on the Chalcolithic period in northern Israel, and co-director of the Landscapes of the Dead research project, which uses drones to monitor looting at Early Bronze Age cemeteries in Jordan.