Research Interests: Climate Change, Property Systems, Resource Governance, Pollution Control
James Robert Farmer
Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
Research Interests: Community Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Protected Areas, Conservation/Sustainability Environmental, Sustainable Behavior, Rural Landscapes and People, Community Based Participatory Research, Institutional Analysis
Research Interests: Watershed Hydrology. Surface water, ground water, and water quality modeling. Examining the effects of climate change on aquatic species ecosystems. Drought modeling and assessment.
Geographical Areas of Specialization: North America, American Midwest
Research Interests: Geoarchaeology, geomorphology, landscape analysis, settlement distributions, GIS, lithic analysis, Paleoindian archaeology, hunter-gatherers, predictive modeling, fermented foods and beverages.
Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mexico (Oaxaca), Mesoamerica
Research Interests: Ancient & Colonial Mexico, Household Archeology, Identity, Food Practices, Soundscapes, Social Theory, Colonialism, Soil Chemistry and Microsale Methods in Archeology.
Profile: My research focuses on the peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico between 1500 B.C. to the present. I am particularly interested in how people in the past negotiated their place in the social, political, and economic world around them. I am interested in the ways that people figure out and creatively construct who they are, how they materially mark themselves in different social settings, and how they experience life as people with multiple overlapping and intersecting social identities.
Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Tourism Geography, Geographies of Food, Landscape Studies.
Geographical Areas of Specialization: Madagascar, Africa, Indian Ocean
Research Interests: Environmental Anthropology, Agrarian Studies, Agro-Ecological Systems, Political Ecology, Trade and Development, Anthropology of Knowledge.
Profile: My research examines the relationships between people, the environment, and global trade systems, especially within agricultural and agro-ecological landscapes. I ask: what are the connections between the cultivation of land and the cultivation of self? I investigate ways agrarian landscapes emerge as cultural landscapes, where individuals simultaneously cultivate meanings, moralities and memories.
Research Interests: Climate Change, detection and impacts, Statistical analysis of environmental change, Spatial statistics and time-series analysis.
Geographical Areas of Specialization: North America, Plains
Research Interests: Zooarcheology, Faunal Analysis, North American Archeology, Native American Ethnohistory, Culture Contact, Archaeological Theory and Practice, Historical Anthropology, Landscapes, Identity, Archeological Fiction.
Profile: In my research, I address long-term social dynamics on the North American Plains by considering culture contact and colonialism, household production, and micro-scale daily activities.
Geographical Areas of Specialization: Africa
Research Interests: Archeology, Human Evolution. Paleoecology, primate ecology and diet
Profile: Investigating proto-human subsistence ecology is fundamental to understanding human origins. The earliest archaeological record in East Africa suggests that omnivorous diet and wide-ranging land-use patterns were distinctive proto-human adaptations. My research on this topic has led me out of the archaeological trenches and into the African savannas. Curious to understand how ancient environmental conditions would have influenced the dietary adaptations and ranging patterns of our early hominid ancestors, I have studied modern savanna environments analogous to early hominid habitats where sites have been preserved.
Courses: Aquatic Chemistry, Environmental Engineering: Energy Systems
Profile: Dr. Jeffrey R. White has been with SPEA since 1983. He is a biogeochemist and studies the effects of human activities on the functioning of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. He serves as director of the Integrated Program in the Environment.
Geographical Areas of Specialization: Caribbean, Latin America, and Belize
Research Interests: Economic, Applied and Cultural Anthropology
Profile: Passionately interested in social theory, modern beauty pageants, and the spread of ancient Olmec society, the shortcomings of rational choice theory and the history of Belizean cuisine, or the moral talk about television and the global branding of bottled water.