Prof. Morrison is the head of the lab. Her research focuses on the historical ecology of Southern Asia, especially changes in agriculture, landuse, and environment, integrating approaches from archaeology, history, and environmental science. Current projects include: (1) work on the long-term relationships between biodiversity and human land use; (2) Land Cover6k, a ‘big data’ project using archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental evidence to improve climate models; (3) network and spatial analysis of Middle period South Indian inscriptions and archaeological sites; and (4) ongoing work on the archaeology of farming, food, and power relations in South India from the Neolithic to the Early Modern period.
Dr Bates is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvannia, working on the LandCover6k project, the archaeobotanical remains from Kadebakele and other Southern India Neolithic – Early Historic sites and materials from the TwoRains project in the Indus Civilisation c.3200-1300BC.
Her research uses archaeobotanical data to explore questions about the broader social, cultural and environmental contexts of how societies were internally organised, how villages and cities interacted during periods of urbanisation and deurbanisation, what happens when cultures meet and interact, and how people reacted during periods of climatic instability.
Dr Bates is currently supervising Ka Ki Jacqueline ‘Jacky’ Chan in sorting and identifying macrobotanical remains from the EHLTC project in the lab. She is also the lab safety co-ordinator.
Dr Hill is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, working as a GIS specialist on the LandCover6K project. Dr Hill is an archaeologist specializing in remoste sensine, GIS, and faunal analysis. His research focuses on the later prehistory of the Near east. he is the field director of the Galilee Prehistory Project, a long term project focused on the Chalcolithic period in northern Israel, and co-director of the Landscapes of the Dead research project, which uses drones to monitor looting at Early Bronze Age cemeteries in Jordan.
Dr. P. Ramya Bala completed her Interdisciplinary PhD in paleoclimatology at the Centres for Earth and Ecological Sciences in the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, in September 2016. Ramya Bala is a Fulbright-Kalam Fellow. Her fellowship aims to conduct a direct evidence-based understanding of past climate and vegetation in the Holocene in a tropical dry forest in India, as part of the LandCover6k project. This project aims to study land-cover change across the globe that is induced by climate, natural causes, and humans for the Holocene epoch and deliver this information to climate modelers. Ramya Bala will be working on an extension of this project in India using stable isotopes and radiocarbon and also get trained in palynological techniques at the host lab during her fellowship.