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GCSC Seminar: “Human-Ecosystem Dynamics on the Forgotten Peninsula”

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST

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Meeting ID: 915 9410 1737     Passcode: 310125

Shane Macfarlan, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah
This presentation explores human population dynamics and cultural responses to the hot, arid ecosystems of the Baja California peninsula (Mexico).

The Baja California peninsula is a land of contrasts. With almost 2000 miles of coastline, but virtually no active rivers, water is everywhere but nowhere. What has made human life possible in this hot, arid region over the last 15000 years are its desert springs and the seasonal rains brought by the North American Monsoon. This presentation explores the diverse ways in which these ecological constraints have impacted human population dynamics and culture processes over the last several hundred years. It places in stark contrast the challenges to sustainable development, as well as cultural and ecosystem resilience amid population growth, climate change, and changing land use.

“Human-Ecosystem Dynamics on the Forgotten Peninsula: A Historical, Demographic, and Ethnographic Exploration of Baja California Sur, Mexico”


February 1
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST
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