Legacies on the Landscape: Prehistoric Human Land Use and Long-Term Ecological Change

Project: Research project

Project Details


I am requesting an REU Supplement to support one undergraduate student to perform research on the ecological legacies of long-term, prehistoric human activity. In particular, I am interested in mentoring ASU honors student, Joseph Canarie, to explore the following question: Did prehistoric agriculture in the US Southwest alter soil fertility for agricultural crops and native species? Our proposed REU student will gain a range of skills in soil science and ecosystem ecology that are relevant to sustainability and long-term land management issues in the arid US Southwest where prehistoric human settlements were abundant. The REU student in our program will be an active member of a larger community of undergraduate scholars that will be working with our research group this summer. The extensive experience with undergraduate mentoring in my research group will help us to facilitate an effective and fun learning community through a combination of regular lab meetings, social gatherings, and scientific exchange between faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the ASU School of Life Sciences (SOLS) and the Central Arizona Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER). We anticipate that these formal and informal exchanges will create a strong, supportive network of engaged young scientists that will add insight and enthusiasm to our research program.
Effective start/end date9/1/068/31/12


  • NSF: Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO): $520,814.00


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