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. Since 2006 I have participated in academic and cultural resources management projects in the southeastern U.S., Great Plains, and most recently the southwestern U.S.
Graduate teaching assistant: Fall 2008 - Fall 2009: ANTH160, Varieties of Human Experience (University of Kansas)
My research interests have revolved around the historical ecology of North America and the human-environment interface. I am interested in interdisciplinary problems related to the political-econmic and rhetorical contexts of land-use/land-cover changes coupled to thresholds for environmental degradation.
Areas of previous professional emphasis include; geoarchaeology and soil-geomorphology, 19th and early 20th century rural cultural landscapes, and military infrastructure. I have also participated in academic research focusing on paleoindian archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoecology, archaeobotany, and dendrochronology.