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David Lentz

David Lentz
Lentz' Research
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Department of Biological Sciences
Professor
Paleoethnobotany
Paleoecology

Research
Dr. Lentz’ research interests focus on the human use of plants, both wild and domesticated, and how humans modify landscapes through time. He has conducted field research in many areas of North America, Central America and Central Asia. He has studied indigenous groups of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador, as well as those of the southwestern and southeastern US. Much of his work has focused on the ancient Maya and Olmec, studying the differences in dietary habits among groups of varying economic status and how cultures manipulated their environment through their agricultural and other land–use practices. Currently, in conjunction with a team of UC scientists, he is investigating the ancient agroforestry and water use activities at Tikal in northern Guatemala, one of the major civic–ceremonial centers of the Maya.

QARG Publications
Lentz, D.L. and B. Hockaday. 2009. Tikal timbers and temples: Ancient Maya agroforestry and the end of time. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1342-1353.

Lentz, D.L., M. DeLand Pohl, J. L. Alvarado, S. Tarighat and R. Bye. 2008. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) as a Pre–Columbian Domesticate in Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 105: 6232-6237.

Lentz, D.L., R. Bye and V. Sánchez–Cordero. 2008. Ecological niche modeling and distribution of wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) in Mexico. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169: 541-549.