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Village Ecodynamics Project


Stefani Crabtree

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Stefani Crabtree
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Graduate Student

Stefani Crabtree is a PhD student and NSF graduate research fellow. She is interested in understanding how alliance formation and coalition building can lead to the breakdown of alliances and the onset of warfare. Stefani is pursuing her PhD both in the context of the Southwest with the VEP and in Gaulish France with the TransMonDyn project.


Stefani received her BA in Anthropology and French from Scripps College in 2004. She was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow from 2004-2005 and has traveled and worked abroad in 15 countries. When not working on her PhD Stefani is usually outside hiking, climbing, running, doing yoga or snowboarding.


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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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