Research Partners

The work of the Early Rice Project is being carried in conjunction with research by partners in several countries.


Dr. Ling Qin, Associate Professor, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing. She coordinates archaeological sampling in China with her students  works on macro-remains from Chinese Neolithic sites.

Xiaoyan YangAssociate researcher, Inst. of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing), runs the leading laboratory on archaeological starch grain research in China and has active sampling programs for archaeological starch and phytoliths

In addition we have worked with 

Prof. Ling-hua Tang, Jiangsu Academy of Agriculture Science, Nanjing, 

Dr. Guiyin Jin, Dept. of Archaeology, Shandong University, Jinan


Rasmi Shoocongdej is Professor of Archaeology at Silapakorn University, Bangkok, and has active field research programs on Neolithic and pre-Neolithic sites in northern Thailand. She provides expertise of archeological context of Thai evidence.

Japan Prof. Yo-Ichiro Sato, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto


Rabi Mohanty is Professor of archaeology at Deccan College Pune, and has active field research in eastern India (Orissa). He can facilitate expanded geographical sampling for archaeobotanical remains, and provides expertise of archaeological context of Indian evidence

Professor Emeritus Mukund Kajale, from Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, also continues to work with us on determining the ecology of taxonimic diversity of rice weed assemblages


Peter Bellwood. Professor of Archaeology at Australia National University, is a global leader in the archaeology of Southeast Asia, and the dispersal of agricultural populations in the region and on cultural phylogenies of Southeast Asian archaeology


Barry Rolett. Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, has expertise on the Archaeology and Zooarchaeology of Southeast China, and has been collaborating in recent years with Fujian provincial Institute of Archaeology of Neolithic excavations and study of palaeoenvironmental and sea-level change sequences

Prof. Professor William Ruddiman, University of Virginia, has partnered with the Early Rice project in previous initial efforts to modeo methane emissions.


Jacob van Etten is senior research associate at Bioversity International (Cali, Colombia), leading a CGIAR international research program on Agricultural Biodiversity for Climate Change adaptation. He is at the forefront of geospatial modelling of crop dispersal histories; he carried out spatial analysis of our rice database for the preliminary estimates of methane emissions from ancient rice agriculture published in 2011