Ground-breaking research at the Institute on human impact on the environment
9 May 2013
The new international collaborative research project led by Dorian follows on from his previous NERC-funded research project on 'The identification of arable
rice systems in prehistory' which has
consolidated our understanding of early rice agricultural development
the Yangtze and in India, helping to reconstruct how past agricultural activities may have impacted the global climate through methane emissions and deforestation.
The Institute is pleased to welcome Cristina Castillo and welcome back Alison Weisskopf as researchers on the new 3-year project which aims to investigate early rice systems in southern China and Southeast Asia and, in collaboration with Andrew Bevan, to develop more sophisticated spatial modelling of land use and population.
The project will also use the archaeological history of rice and its varied forms of cultivation for a knowledge exchange and public engagement programme on the importance of science-based archaeology to help understand the role of agriculture in long-term human impact on the environment.
Dorian Fuller's collaborative research on the impact of human populations on ecological change
- Used Planet: A Global History (PNAS, April 29, 2013)
- Three Millennia of Humans Reshaping the Earth
- A tale of two planets: The Anthropocene revisited
- the archaeobotanist blog
- Archaeobotany and Domestication (Scoop it!)