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Reconstructing Tropical Nature: The Creation of Anthropic Soils and Forests by Ancient Amazonians - LIB 100 APPROVED!

Dr. Morgan Schmidt in the Brazilian rainforest

Dr. Morgan Schmidt in the Brazilian rainforest

Date and Time

Thursday, September 6, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2263


Morgan Schmidt is a geographer and post-doctoral researcher at the National Museum and the Emílio Goeldi Museum, in Belém, Brazil. Dr. Schmidt is a leading expert in black earth “terra preta” research and pre-Columbian civilizations of Amazonia.  Schmidt’s ethnoarchaeological landscape research is carried out in collaboration with the Kuikuro tribe of the Xingu River. Life in the Upper Xingu is rapidly changing, as it likely always has, with the introduction of modern industrial technologies and outside pressures, and Xinguanos face dire environmental consequences from climate change, deforestation, forest fires, dams, and water pollution. Come and learn more about these exciting discoveries!



Professor Jim Penn



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