What We Do

Preserving, Managing & Sustaining At-Risk Spaces

The members of the Center come from a variety of disciplines and approaches, creating a dynamic that allows for the intersection of methods, perspectives, and connections with researchers and partners at the regional, state, national, and global level.


The Center holds competencies in areas such as coastal geomorphology, historical landscape use, geospatial modeling, landscape archaeology, preservation, prehistoric and historic archaeology (American southeast, Caribbean, Mediterranean), and remote sensing.

These competencies extend into partnerships and engagements with individuals and organizations from the local to international level (e.g., the Nemours Wildlife Foundation and the Climate Change and History Research Initiative at Princeton), focusing on such issues as human and environmental histories, landscape reconstruction, resiliency, and the preservation, management, and sustainable development of at-risk spaces.


The areas of initial focus for CHiL - semitropical estuaries and Mediterranean microclimates, provide the vital laboratory to explore the interplay between climatic/weather fluctuations and human societies over the long duration of human history.

This focus upon long-term historical interactions is essential for meeting the needs of 21st century coastal communities, which are often beset by seemingly competing needs for economic development and environmental and cultural preservation.

Recommendations for addressing the needs of sustainable development must be informed by scientific recommendations that are not only consistent with current best practices but are also sustainable in light of the historical record. In these regions, the rise of social complexity brought along significant alterations to the landscape.

The combination of these coastal conditions provide the Center with cross-comparative and cross-cultural expertise in historical landscapes that spans several millennia of human activity in multiple contexts, useful for implementing informed, responsible, and sustainable solutions to pressing needs of today’s society.

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