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Floods, droughts, and salmon-supporting vs cyanobacterial food webs in California North Coast rivers, Sep 25

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:01
About the Speaker:
Mary Power's research interests center on river food webs. She has studied interactions among fish, birds, invertebrates, and algae in temperate and tropical rivers, and has a particular interest in how attributes of species affect food web structure and dynamics, and how strengths of these interactions change under different environmental regimes. Her team has studied, for example, the interplay of trophic dynamics with hydrologic and productivity regimes in northern California rivers, as well as impacts of invading alien species, and linkages between rivers and their watersheds. Much of their current field work takes place in the South Fork Eel River, within the Angelo Coast Range Reserve in Mendocino, CA, one of the University of California Natural Reserve System's 35 research and teaching reserves.

ARF Organizational Meeting, Sep 4

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 17:37
ARF graduate students, faculty affiliates, and research affiliates are welcome to attend an organizational meeting to kick-off the fall semester. Attendees will learn about the upcoming brown bags and other events, graduate student jobs, lab space, and other ARF-related information. This is also an opportunity for graduate students undertaking archaeological research in different departments across campus to meet each other. We hope to see you there!

Art/archaeology: a space beyond explanation - the Ineligible Project, Sep 18

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:24
In a series of recent publications, Professor Bailey has urged archaeologists to seek a new space in which to work, a space that exists beyond the boundaries of archaeology and of art practice and art history. In that call, Doug has defined an art/archaeology that follows three steps: the disarticulation of an artifact from its (pre)historic context and value; the repurposing of that artifact as a raw material to be used in the creation of new work; and the engagement of that new work in contemporary social and political issues and debate. In this seminar, Doug will present the results of his current art/archaeology project, Ineligible, in which he took artifacts from the excavations that preceded the construction of the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, sent them to artists, archaeologists, and creators around the world, and then asked them to repurpose the artifacts as raw materials with which they should make work of political and social impact. The works that are now emerging for Ineligible will be installed at the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Portugal from March to June 2020 in the exhibition Creative (un)makings: disruptions in art/archaeology curated by Professor Bailey and Portuguese sculptor Sara Navarro.

Agricultural strategies and environmental change in the ancient eastern Mediterranean, Oct 2

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:24
Identifying how societies make decisions about agricultural practices is important for understanding why some agricultural systems flourish over hundreds or thousands of years while others lead to environmental degradation and societal collapse. Archaeological data offer a unique long-term perspective on the sustainability of agriculture and how societies adapt to complex, intertwined changes in environment and economy on both local and regional scales. In this talk, I present recent work from an ancient urban center in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), where complex agricultural strategies were employed to adapt to coincident environmental and social change on both local and regional scales. I conclude that a nuanced understanding of political economy is necessary to elucidate agricultural decision making and helps to predict patterns of anthropogenic environmental change.

Visualizing the Complexity of Past and Future Shoreline and Near-Shore Environments over Time: Examples from Australia, Vietnam, and California, Sep 11

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 11:19
The depiction of past environments has long been the domain of artists using both traditional and digital media to portray natural or cultural settings in a way which evokes a specific interpretation of the landscape based on the archaeological and ecological records. These "moments in time" have always been useful for allowing the intended audience to visualize a setting, and put it into context with their own knowledge and experience. The same conditions apply to visualizations of future climate change, though these have been typically less evocative and much more clinical. Recently, advances in GIS and 3D environmental modeling software have allowed more realistic, and immersive, depictions of past and future landscapes that can be generated using real-world digital topographic and bathymetric data. Unfortunately, archaeologists and paleoclimatologists have typically relied on these same modern datasets to make fairly simplistic interpretations of shoreline change and evolution over long periods of time, and usually without any photorealistic or immersive visualizations. But by incorporating dynamic geomorphological processes into the environmental modeling it becomes possible to provide much more accurate depictions of the inundation and retreat of shorelines over time, their hydrodynamics, and the evolution of shoreline and near-shore ecosystems. Presented here are some examples of this approach using highly diverse datasets from Australia, Vietnam, and California.