New Perspectives on Past Climate Change and Societal Disruption

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 5:00pm
Speaker Information: 
Peter Douglas (California Institute of Technology), Marcello Canuto (Tulane University), Peter de Menocal (Columbia University), David Kaniewski (Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse),
Neil Roberts (University of Plymouth), Martin Medina-Elizalde (Amherst College), Ben Cook (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies [New York]), Christophe Morhange (CEREGE/ Universite d'Aix-Marseille)
Arthur Demarest (Vanderbilt University), Nicholas Dunning (University of Cincinnati), Francisco Estrada-Belli (Tulane University/Boston University), Joseph Tainter (Utah State University), David Wahl (USGS- Menlo)
Harvey Weiss (Yale University), Ray Bradley (University of Massachussetts) − Michael McCormick (Harvard University) − Chris Fisher (Colorado State University), Timothy Beach (Georgetown University)
Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (University of Texas- Austin), Pallechi Pasquino (University of Florence), Mark Pagani (Yale University)

Urbino, Italy is the site of a 5-day conference devoted to climate change in the Holocene organized by the University of Urbino, Italy, California Institute of Technology and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.  The meeting convenes over 20 leaders in paleoclimatology, archaeology, and history for an interdisciplinary discussion of new research on climate impacts on ancient societies.

The conference focuses on research from two specific regions, Mesoamerica and the Mediterranean, in addition to general presentations on Holocene climate variability and its potential impact on ancient societies. 

The conference setting of Urbino is a UNESCO heritage site of great significance for the Italian Renaissance, whose walls were built to repel the invasions by the Paganis.

Confirmed presenters include:

−         Mark Pagani (Yale University)

−         Peter Douglas (California Institute of Technology)

−         Marcello Canuto (Tulane University)

−         Peter de Menocal (Columbia University)

−         David Kaniewski (Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse)

−         Neil Roberts (University of Plymouth)

−         Martin Medina-Elizalde (Amherst College)

−         Ben Cook (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies [New York])

−         Christophe Morhange (CEREGE/ Universite d’Aix-Marseille)

−         Arthur Demarest (Vanderbilt University)

−         Nicholas Dunning (University of Cincinnati)

−         Francisco Estrada-Belli (Tulane University/Boston University)

−         Joseph Tainter (Utah State University)

−         David Wahl (USGS- Menlo Park)

−         Harvey Weiss (Yale University)

−         Ray Bradley (University of Massachussetts)

−         Michael McCormick (Harvard University)

−         Chris Fisher (Colorado State University)

-           Timothy Beach (Georgetown University)

-           Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (University of Texas- Austin)

-           Pallechi Pasquino (University of Florence)

University of Urbino, Italy See map Urbino