GHEA: Comparative Island Ecodynamics Project (CIE)

Project Leaders: Thomas McGovern (project owner)
Vivian Kimball
Keith Kintigh
Rick Knecht
Tim Kohler
Joanneke Kruijsen
Matt Law
Carsten Lemmen
Birna Lárusdóttir
Lesley Mackay
Kirsty Maclean
Ruth Maher
Ingrid Mainland
Francis Mayle
Emily McClung de Tapia
Daniel McGovern
Anjana Mebane-Cruz
Karen Milek
Sue Mitchell
Jacqueline Mulville
Reg Murphy
Margaret C Nelson
Anthony Newton
Molly Odell
Anthony Oliver-Smith
Richard Oram
Justin Page
Lilja Palsdottir
Bill Patterson
Tate Paulette
Matthew Peeples
Matthew Peeples
Sophia Perdikaris
Colby Phillips
Scott Pike
Melissa Poe
Jeffrey Quilter
Rebecca Rainville
Samantha Rebovich
Jennifer Rhemann
Felix Riede
Isabel Rivera-Collazo
Howell Roberts
Alasdair Ross
Katherine Roucoux
Alice Samson
Dan Sandweiss
Antonia Santangelo
Amanda Schreiner
Scott Schwartz
Peter Schweitzer
Payson Sheets
Ian Simpson
Konrad Smiarowski
Michael Smyth
Katherine Spielmann
Albert Steegmann
John Steinberg
Steven Street
Richard Streeter
John Summers
David Thomas
Tina Thurston
Nikola Trbojevic
Przemyslaw Urbanczyk
Orri Vésteinsson
Dixie West
Catherine West
Sam White
Brian Wilkinson
Christopher Wolff
Jim Woollett

Project Type: GHEA Project Proposal

GHEA Project Collaborators

Start: June 2012
End: June 2015

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The Comparative Island Ecodynamics Project (CIE) seeks to bring an international, transdisciplinary approach to the comparisons of long term human ecodynamics in island contexts. The overall project seeks to bring together collaborators and institutions interested in exploring the value of islands for comparative investigations of resilience, vulnerability, robustness,  human impact, climate change, pathway formation, resource management, and cases of both millennial scale sustainability and local extinction.

The North Atlantic Biocultural Organization Comparative Island Ecodynamics Project (NABO CIE Project) 2011-15 is one component of the overall GHEA CIE effort. It works to improve understanding of the very different long term trajectories of two closely related North Atlantic island communities in Iceland and Greenland. Both island communities were settled in the Viking Age by a Nordic/Celtic population with common language and culture, but diverged rapidly in economic and social organization. Iceland survived the challenges of late medieval climate change and early globalization, while Norse Greenland became extinct ca. 1450. This collaborative project has been funded by NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic Social Science Program at $1.28 million over three years, and builds upon prior joint work under the 2007-10 International Polar Year initiative. Collaborating institutions include CUNY, Archaeological Inst. Iceland, Greenland National Museum and Archives, Danish National Museum, U Copenhagen, U Edinburgh, U Bradford, U Durham, SUERC, U Laval, Icelandic National Parks, Kid's Archaeology Iceland Project (KAPI), and Husavik Museum. Reports will be posted on the NABO (North Atlantic Biocultural Organization) website:

NABO CIE NSF Principle Investigators: Tom McGovern, Andy Dugmore, George Hambrecht and Orri Vesteinsson, with close collaboration with Jette Arneborg, Georg Nyegaard, Pauline Knudson, Christian K Madsen, Poul Heide, Gardar Gudmundsson, Lilja Palsdottir, Hildur Gestsdottir, Howell Roberts, Ian Simpson, Doug Price, Mike Church, Jim Woollett, Konrad Smiarowski, Ramona Harrison, Frank Feeley, Megan Hicks, Seth Brewington.

Collaborators welcome!

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This is the NSF CIE one page project summary.

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