About Nicholas Kessler
I joined the PhD program at Arizona in 2013 with an Agnese N. Haury Fellowship in Archaeological Dendrochronology through the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research. My academic home is in anthropology, but my background is highly interdisciplinary, and my intellectual interests range widely through the social and physical sciences. My research focus is on environmental archaeology and chronometry.
I study ancient runoff irrigation features in the north Rio Grande, New Mexico with soil, tree-growth, and paleobotanical data to test hypotheses about their past function and current ecological legacies. I am also involved in applications of wiggle-match calibrated AMS dating to improve the precision of radiocarbon based cultural chronologies in North America.