ABOUT US

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Concerned Scientists, Students and Citizens

We are a group of international scientists, students, and citizens from as far a field as North America, Europe, the Near and Middle East. Our concern is with the impact of global climate change upon the lives of humanity during the next several decades. We come from many sciences ranging from archaeology, history, geomorphology, hydrology, and paleoecology. We are trying to see where we may be going by using what we have learned from the past and applying it to ecosystem models to predict future outcomes. We are also focusing our efforts on public education and developing solutions that can be applied to help people deal with their deteriorating environment.

THE PEOPLE

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PETER WIGAND, EESEEMR’s CO-DIRECTOR

Ph.D. (Washington State University, 1985), 44 years of experience in western North America, Northeastern Africa and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean in the fields of archaeology, paleoecology, and paleoclimatology, and geomorphology. He has been shedding vital, new light on past processes in arid environments, while at the same time helping to solve some of the problems facing environmental resource managers and planners today. Using plant remains recovered from ancient packrat nests (middens) and cave and aquatic contexts, pollen and charcoal from carefully dated stratigraphic sequences, he has been able to record the dynamics of vegetation change, fire regimes, surface and groundwater fluctuation, and changes in surficial (erosion and deposition) processes on local and regional scales in the Intermountain American West. Currently, he is engaged in study of the causes of past and current landscape erosion in southern Italy. In western Iran, he has been examining the impact of landscape erosion on lake chemistry during the Holocene. This science has been presented at meetings in Denver, Athens, Rome, and Tehran. 

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HAKIMEH BARGAHI, EESEEMR’s CO-DIRECTOR

Ms. Bargahi, has 12 years of experience in the fields of historic archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, geoarchaeology and environmental archaeology  projects. She took part in several archaeological surveys and excavations in the central plain of Iran, and western and southern Iran, and southern Italy. She concentrated especially on the prehistory of  south western and central Iran.

Her focus  in prehistoric archaeology is  human evolution, and the early tool making traditions, and plant and animal domestication. In particular she has been very interested in how the domestication of plants and animals affected human diet, and culture, especially religion, social structure, and the arts, from the Neolithic onward. She conducted a systematic survey of the rich Neolithic and Chalcolithic site of Chahar Rustayi, which was identified and recorded in 2004 during a joint Iranian-English survey of the Persian Gulf coast led by Dr. R. A. Carter (University College London). Her research in Italy with an international team from the University of Nevada, Reno ( 2014, 2016) focused on Holocene landscape dynamics in the region lying on the Puglia and Basilicata border of the southern Mezzogiorno.

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ANTONELLA DIMOTTA, EESEEMR’s Board Chair

Italian PhD, Civil-Environmental Engineer with a MSc in Hydraulic Engineering and Violinist. 

Antonella Dimotta was born in Italy in 1986. She received her PhD, February, 2019. She comes from the Italian National Research Council and University of Basilicata (School of Agricultural School Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences). She received her PhD in the Program of Land, Environmental and Forestry Science. Her PhD thesis focused on Applied Geomorphology (GEO/04) and Agricultural and Environmental Economics (AGR/01): SOIL EROSION INTERDISCIPLINARY OVERVIEW: Modelling Approaches, Ecosystem Services Assessment and Soil Quality Restoration: Applications and Analyses in the Basilicata region (Italy). 

In 2017, she spent over 6 months - at the Spanish National Research Council (Centro de Edafologìa y Biologìa del Segura (CEBAS) – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientìficas (CSIC)) in Murcia (Spain) under the guidance of Dr. Joris de Vente (senior researcher). Dr Dimotta's interest in landscape issues comes from her own background in the coastal fruit groves of Gulf of Taranto.  Her research has centered around soil erosion processes as they have been affected by land use and climate change, and further exogenous factors. She has applied the Soil and Water Conservation Research Group’s experience matured at the CEBAS-CSIC (Spain) and in Italy with different environmental modelling and assessment approaches. 

Her PhD on Applied Geomorphology and Agricultural and Environmental Economics comes from her strong interest in trying to observe, analyze and understand the most important factors (geological, hydro-geological, territorial and environmental vulnerability) that affect the landscape, agricultural economics, and the soil, and the well-being and human health and quality of life. Her PhD Thesis dealt with soil erosion process and its correlated different impacts, on- and off-site, with precise insights and analyses about the incidence of climate change on soil erosion modelling approaches’ development at a global scale. Moreover, she developed a potential solution aimed at restoring a soil affected by erosion through the composting application. Her answer to the Land Use and Soil Conservation Policies focuses on the need for applying a Circular Economy-based approach revised by her own idea of the compost utilization, as a smart green-therapy to try making soil more resilient. 

She is an extremely gifted violinist, having received her Violin Diploma in 2010 at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “E.R.Duni” in Matera (Italy). In addition, her instrumental skills include the viola and piano. Her passions include composing music for the violin, piano and viola. Her further interests consist of medicine, photography and art. Recently she has begun research into the links between global change and increased skin cancer rates in human populations.

Potenza, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. April 2019 

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Our Advisory Board

A sustainable ecosystem flow chart generated by the Strawberry Moon Farm people.

Dr. RICHARD WEBB

Richard was a Senior Research Officer with An Foras Forbartha and is a Past President of the Irish Landscape Institute. He is a past director of CAAS Environmental Services. He managed his own practice in landscape architecture, environmental consultancy and community development, and worked with local authorities and communities throughout Ireland. Richard was previously a technical advisor on the Irish Aid community forestry project in the Sudan and a landscape project manager He has been a lecturer in eco-design and management on the TUD MSc. in Sustainable Development. Currently Richard is a member of An Taisce and initiated National Tree Week and the Tree Council.. Richard's breadth of environmental experience is demonstrated by the fact that he also served on the British Antarctic Expedition in the early 1970s.

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DONAL COLEMAN

Donal is a proponent of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology, "Laudato Si". He sees environmentalism as part of the human role as stewards of the earth. His own Japanese garden reflects the peace and reflection that he derives out of nature. He has become an ardent supporter of educating the public about the climate change crises. Donal's interest in the environment arises out of his understanding that a deteriorating earth will lead to the collapse of national economies, famine, wars, and the forced migration of millions of people. His interest in global peace and understanding is highlighted by his membership in SERVAS, Servas is an international, non-governmental peace association with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. 

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ANNE TALBOT

Anne is a citizen environmentalist. She has taken it upon herself to understand the relationships between human activities and the environmental destruction they can cause. Her personal activism tries to address what individuals should be doing to reduce their carbon foot print. She exemplifies what one person should be doing to become part of the global change solution. Her garden is a demonstration of a proactive environmentalist can do to heal the environment, it is a pollinator paradise, and her pond is a microcosm of an Irish lake. In the past she has taken up a beekeeping project when a swarm of bees appeared in her garden.