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Fall 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 497 - Enviro Hist of the Maya
This senior seminar integrates three topics of Mesoamerica: regional environments, all lines of scientific evidence for current and past environments, and human-environmental interactions since the Ice Ages.  The seminar first considers human history, covering the earliest inhabitants but focusing on three millennia of Maya Civilization and the present within its backdrop of contemporary Central America.   Next, we take up the current environmental baseline of this region from climate to geology, soils, hydrology, and ecosystems.  Last, the seminar engages human-environmental interactions in terms of agricultural systems, conservation measures, landscape degradation, evidence for sustainability, and influences of environmental change on land and people, including hazards impacts from volcanic eruptions to drought, sea level rise, and hurricanes.  The seminar draws from ecology, climatology, archaeology, history, geography, political science, and geology. The seminar will meet all requirements for a STIA and Environmental Studies senior seminar, requiring one twenty-five-page paper, weekly lecture and discussion from a wide cross-section of scientific and social scientific literature, and exercises.  

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

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