Ancient Anthropogenic Landscapes in the Amazon

Yoshi Maezumi, University of Amsterdam

Increasing evidence suggest ancient human-environment interactions have a legacy on modern ecosystems. Much of the advancements we have made in understanding long-term human drivers of ecological change come from interdisciplinary studies that integrate archaeology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate, soil science, and botanical inventories to examine the key mechanisms and processes shaping ecosystem change. Implementing an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine a case study from the Amazon. These multi-proxy data suggest that the cultivation of multiple crops combined with forest management created resilient subsistence strategies that persisted despite pronounced climate variability and increasing social conflict in the region.  

This colloquium is hosted jointly by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Living Earth Collaborative.

Host: Bronwen Konecky

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