Major Funding for Research on Cultural Heritage of Oman
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Joy McCorriston, Professor of Anthropology, Mark Moritz, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology co-authored the grant below.  McCorriston, the Principal Investigator, researches: Environmental and Landscape Archaeology, Agriculture and Pastoralism, Near Eastern Archaeology and Culture History, Archaeobotany, Development of Complex Societies and Economies, Paleoecology, Anthropological Dimensions of Climate Change. She regularly conducts fieldwork throughout the Middle East.  

1.6 Million Awarded for Research on Pastoral Territoriality in Ancient Oman

Successful grant proposal led by MESC-affiliated faculty member, and member of  our Executive Committee, Joy Mccorriston. "Pastoral Territoriality as a Dynamic Coupled System" will be funded in the amount of 1.6 million by the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program. Research assistants needed. 

The project, funded by a $1.6 million grant, is inspired by ethnographic observations of pastoralist behaviors in drylands. It aims to test whether the dynamics of woodland-grassland-woodland cycling is coupled with pastoral territorial use of grazing lands and represents a long-term, non-linear pattern with broad implications for development and sustainability of human environments. Using archaeological, ecological, geochemical, paleoclimate, and botanical methods in fieldwork, a multidisciplinary team will recover and study proxy data on ancient environments and human societies in Dhufar, Oman. The team will use agent-based models to explore the interactions of human and natural systems and to test the model of coupled dynamics with data from the field. Headed by the three Ohio State University faculty –McCorriston, Moritz, and Hamilton – the project engages senior collaborators from two US universities, two in the UK, one in Germany and from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Sultanate of Oman and the Oman Botanical Garden. The five-year research plan involves and trains students and new research professionals at all levels from high school through post-doctoral studies in the development of an understanding of this important human-land context. McCorriston, Moritz and Hamilton are seeking undergraduate student participants and graduate trainees motivated to engage in interdisciplinary research teams, gain new skills in archaeology and ecology, travel to the Middle East, and commit to a science-oriented research project in Anthropology and EEOB. Minorities and groups underrepresented in STEM sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

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