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Exploring Evidence of the Anthropocene: Archaeological and Ecological Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for First Generation Students in the Upper Mississippi River System


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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Description:
This REU site will offer students experiential, interdisciplinary research opportunities in archaeological and ecological sciences addressing topics related to the onset of the Anthropocene. Students will examine research questions related to deep-time environmental dynamics in the Upper Mississippi River System and changing environmental conditions. This eight week program will include five weeks of field research and data collection in both archaeology and ecology. The final three weeks will include integrating archaeological and ecological datasets to make meaningful inferences about the Anthropocene. REU participants will leave the program having generated and presented an original research poster while gaining practical research experiences.

Archaeology and ecology students will work in interdisciplinary teams and as an entire cohort to integrate human-environmental data and gain authentic experiences working as a research team. Not only will students learn new approaches to research, they will also meet students from across the country with similar interests. This research experience will not only be intellectually rewarding, it will also be fun. Our past students, working within a similar immersive research framework noted, "I loved the people I met...and the things I learned. It was all so valuable and I am so happy I could do this."


Application Deadline: 4/17/2017
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Program Dates: 6/5/2017 - 7/28/2017

Participating Institution(s):
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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Natural Resources
Paleontology
Zoology

Keywords:
Aquatic Ecology
Environmental Anthropology
Environmental Biology
Fish Biology
Fisheries Management
Zooarchaeology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


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