QARGMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesQuarternary and Anthropocene Research GroupUniversity of Cincinnati

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Nicholas P. Dunning

Nicholas P. Dunning
Dunning's Research
Department of Geography
Neotropical Landscapes

Dr. Dunning’s research interests focus on long–term human–environment interactions in the Neotropics, particularly the Maya Lowlands and the West Indies. His projects include the study of natural and anthropogenic changes in karst wetlands in the Maya Lowlands, and ancient Maya adaptations to climate change. Recent fieldwork has included the sites of Tikal and San Bartolo in Guatamala, La Milpa in Belize and Xcoch in Yucatan. Dunning is also engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research in the West Indies examining the nature of environmental change associated with various waves of human migration. These project include the analysis and integration of multi–proxy paleoenvironmental data (e.g., soils and sediments, pollen, phytoliths, macrobotanical remains, and artifacts).

QARG Publications
Dunning, N. and Beach T. 2010. Farms and forests: spatial and temporal perspectives on ancient Maya landscapes. In: Martini, I. P., and Chesworth, W. (eds.), Landscapes and Societies, pp. 369-389. Berlin: Springer–Verlag.

Dunning, N., Beach, T., Luzzader–Beach, S., and Jones, J. G. 2009. Creating a stable landscape: soil conservation among the ancient Maya. In: Fisher, C., Hill, B., and Feinman, G. (eds), The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience, pp. 85-105 University of Arizona Press.

Beach, T., Luzzadder–Beach, S. Dunning, N., Jones, J., Lohse, J., Guderjan, T., Bozarth, S., Millspaugh, S., and Bhattacharya, T. 2009. A review of human and natural changes in Maya Lowlands wetlands over the Holocene. Quaternary Science Review 28: 1710-1724.