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Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Biography

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

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Vernon L. Scarborough

Vernon L. Scarborough is an archaeologist interested in non-industrial land use and water management systems and their implications for sustainability both in the past and the present. His topical interests remain ancient settlement, land use, and water management in the context of the archaic state. To achieve these ends, he has emphasized cross-disciplinary exchange and international fieldwork. He has taught and conducted fieldwork at the University of Khartoum, Sudan (postdoctoral exchange with Southern Methodist University, 1981–82), the University of Peshawar, Pakistan (Fulbright Fellowship, 1986), and the University of Texas at El Paso (1982–1986).

In addition to ongoing land use and water management studies in Belize and Guatemala, he has worked in the Argolid, Greece (1994) and Bali, Indonesia (1998). He has been directly funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (Balinese support), in addition to several grants from the Taft Foundation Fund and the University of Cincinnati. He received a Weatherhead Fellowship (1995–95) and two Summer Resident Scholarships (1996, 2000) from the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2004, he was awarded the All-University Faculty Rieveschl Award for Creative and Scholarly Works from the University of Cincinnati. Most recently he received a Taft Center Fellowship for the academic year 2006–07.

Scarborough has published seven books and nearly seventy book chapters and journal articles. He is currently editing the volume Water and Humanity: A Historical Overview for UNESCO, a major initiative of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program (Delft). He is also involved with IHOPE (Integrated History for the Future of the People of Earth – an effort of the IGBP – International Geosphere and Biosphere Programme, Stockholm) for both the global (Berlin meeting) and the regional Asia (Akita, Japan) and Americas (Santa Fe) initiatives. Since 1992, he has been Co-director of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, a large, annually active, research project in northwestern Belize.