Department of Geography and the Environment

Geography Faculty Member Tim Beach Presents Lecture in Vatican Conference

Tue, March 21, 2017
Geography Faculty Member Tim Beach Presents Lecture in Vatican Conference
Tim Beach presenting at Vatican 2017

Tim Beach, Centennial Professor of Geography and Environment at UT Austin, presented an invited lecture on “Societal Collapses from the Maya to Mesopotamia and Beyond” at the Vatican in a Workshop on Biological Extinction  (http://www.pas.va/content/accademia/en/events/2017/extinction.html). Both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences sponsored this Workshop. His talk included discussions of extinctions in soil ecology and used the lenses of soil and sediments to view and understand the complexity of cultural transitions from the Pleistocene to present, focusing on Maya history. The Workshop included world leaders in multiple fields from around the world (http://www.pas.va/content/accademia/en/publications/scriptavaria/extinction.html).

“We are very honored for Tim’s opportunity to represent and raise the visibility of UT, our Department, and our Discipline; and to raise global awareness of human interdependence with the environment. We are also thankful for the opportunity for our scholarly community to contribute to global environmental diplomacy.”

-Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach/Geography Chair 

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