Carl Lipo

Professor and Associate Dean
Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Pkwy
Binghamton, New York 13902-4600
Phone: 607-777-4306

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Remote sensing, GIS, landscape studies, quantitative methods, geophysics, aerial mapping, spatial modeling, paleoenvironments, sustainable communities

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Biographical Sketch

I am the Associate Director for Research Programs for Harpur College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Binghamton University. I am also the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and a Professor of Anthropology. My research focuses on the use of evolutionary theory to generate explanations about human cultural change as observed in the archaeological record.  My research includes the study of the conditions that lead communities of people to work cooperatively to solve environmental problems and to live in a long-term sustainable fashion. I work on developing theoretical models for studying group-level organization as well as methods for studying patterns of change caused by cultural transmission and the process of natural selection in cultural systems.

I also investigate how past populations addressed challenges through engineering design of artifacts such as lithic tools and ceramic pottery.  In addition, I have a research focus on the use of computational methods for studying imagery and geophysical data as a means of efficiently and non-destructively studying the archaeological record. This work includes the use of magnetometry, resistivity, conductivity, thermal imagery, photogrammetry, LiDAR and ground penetrating radar. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork using remote sensing and geophysical techniques in a wide range of locations around the world including the Mississippi River Valley, California, Guatemala, Pakistan, and Greece. For the past 15 years, I have worked on Easter Island and in other areas of the Pacific studying the spread of human populations across Eastern Polynesia.


I have a BS and MA in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2000, I was awarded a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Washington.


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