Department of Geography and the Environment

Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach Gives Keynote at 50th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention

Fri, March 22, 2019
Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach Gives Keynote at 50th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention
AAG President Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, after Keynote, with South Dakota State University Geography Graduate Students and Geography Club Officers

Professor and AAG President Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach gave a Keynote at the 50th annual South Dakota State Geography Convention held on March 15.

The convention is the longest running student-organized geography convention in the United States. It is nationally renowned and attracts leading scholars in geography and related fields.

 

 

 

 

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Tim Beach, and Beach Labs

Hydraulic Society, Water and Land Management in the Ancient Maya Lowlands of Mesoamerica

Our goals are to understand the importance of climate and water for Maya civilization, the importance of wetland agriculture to the system, and apply knowledge to today’s environmental challenges. We need to understand climate trends, drivers and proxies, and hydrography, water management, and how Maya scholarship has considered climate and water. The Maya emerged as an agricultural society c. 1000 BC and continue to exist as diverse peoples with many languages. They probably had a practical understanding of how much water they needed for farming, consumption and hygiene, and could discern when changes to water and climate systems became hazardous. Maya archaeology, and more broadly the field of Geoarchaeology, play an important role in learning how these considerations link antiquity with modern life.

 

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