College of Liberal Arts

Mud-Wrestling in the Circum-Caribbean: Reconstructing Fires and Droughts from Lake Sediments

Friday Sep 15, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | CLA 0.102

On Friday, September 15th at 3 p.m., the Department of Geography and the Environment will host Dr. Sally Horn from the University of Tennessee.

Sally Horn and her students and collaborators have used a variety of proxies in lake sediment cores from the northern neotropics to study past fires and droughts and their relationships with human activity.  

Sally Horn’s research interests are global environmental change and human-environment interactions during the Quaternary period of Earth’s history, which began some 2.6 million years ago and includes the “Ice Ages” of the Pleistocene as well as the warmer Holocene epoch in which we live today. She has conducted research on the impacts of Quaternary climate change and prehistoric and modern human activity on vegetation and landscapes of the Southeastern U.S., Central and South America, and the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic regions. The work that she and her collaborators and students have done has brought issues of past global change to the forefront of discussions of 1) the modern dynamics of tropical forests and other tropical vegetation, 2) human settlement and subsistence patterns, and 3) strategies for management of national parks and wildlands.


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