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Drawing from the resilience perspective, research themes addressed by the project include: resilience and stability, robustness-vulnerability tradeoffs (short and long-term), transformation and reorganization, and diversity (social and biological)

Our current Coupled Human-Natural Systems NSF grant focuses on identifying configurations of social and ecological diversity that enhance or detract from the long-term persistence of coupled social-ecological systems. We study configurations of diversity in ecological landscapes and in forms of social organization that influence system capacity to cope with significant environmental or social changes. This research focuses on five archaeological cases from the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico as long-term "experiments" to understand how social and ecological diversity affected prehistoric societies' abilities to thrive or to make dramatic transformations.







Scheme of human social and ecological diversity interactions