Christopher in Italy

Christopher Kiahtipes is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. His work includes reconstructing past environments in tropical Central Africa to better understand the links between culture, ecology and climate. He is spending part of the summer in Europe to present his research at the 8th International Workshop on African Archaeobotany (IWAA) in Italy and to visit libraries and botanical collections at the University of Montpellier in France.

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Presenting Research in Italy

Because I am interested in exploring the connections between complex systems, my research is by nature interdisciplinary and applies methods and concepts from disciplines like paleobotany, geochemistry, ecology and archaeology. Projects with interdisciplinary and international dimensions are challenging, but they also create exciting opportunities to explore worlds big and small. I’m traveling to Europe soon to participate in the 8th International Workshop on African Archaeobotany (IWAA) in Italy and to visit libraries and botanical collections at the University of Montpelier in France. This blog will discuss some new advances in our understanding of plants, people and climate in Africa during the past and show a glimpse of the tiny, but strangely beautiful world of plant micro fossils.

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