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Village Ecodynamics Project


Craig Allen

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Full Name
Craig Allen
Project Role
Co Principal Investigator

Craig is a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and Station Leader of the Jemez Mountains Field Station based at Bandelier National Monument. 


 Allen has been studying the ecology of northern New Mexico landscapes since 1982. Recent and ongoing research activities, involving a variety of colleagues and collaborators, include: development of ecological and fire histories in the Southwest; ecological responses of forests and woodlands to climate extremes, including extensive vegetation mortality and fire effects; linked ecological, runoff, and erosion processes in piñon-juniper watersheds; ecological restoration of Southwestern forests and woodlands; and development of long-term ecological monitoring networks across landscape gradients in the Jemez Mountains.  He is one of the core principal investigators of the Western Mountain Initiative, an integration of research programs studying the effects of climate variability and global change on mountain ecosystems of the western US (see, recently including comparative global studies of climate-induced forest mortality with extensive international collaborations.  


My profile photo was taken in the Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada, in Andalucia, Spain.  Click to see the full version.




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A Diverse Team

The Village Ecodynamics Project seeks to understand ancient Pueblo peoples in their social and environmental contexts, a task that benefits from close collaboration among researchers from diverse disciplines. Alongside archaeology, computer science, ecology and geology, biomolecular science and economics play important roles. In the long run we hope that projects such as this will help the social sciences to overcome their historic isolation from biology, the earth sciences, and mathematics.

In the shorter term our agent-based models provide mechanisms for integrating insights from paleoclimatology, anthropology, and ecology, and provide expectations against which we can compare the always-surprising richness and variability of the actual historical contexts that we study in southwestern Colorado and north-central New Mexico.

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