FORA.tv Speaker - Carl Lipo

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Biography

I currently serve as a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). I am part of the faculty of that forms the basis of a (virtual) Program in Archaeology and a founding member of IIRMES, a multi-disciplinary institute for the study of materials, environments and society.  At CSULB, I teach classes in Introductory Archaeology, World Prehistory, Eastern North American Prehistory, Artifact Analysis, GIS, Statistics, Method and Theory, Foundations of Anthropology Field Research Design, Geophysical Techniques, and the Scientific Study of Origins.

My research focuses on the use of evolutionary theory to generate scientific explanations about human cultural change in the archaeological record.  I see this focus as a critical challenge for the social sciences and that our ability to be able to due this task vital to our future.  My perspective is fairly idiosyncratic to my background but lodged in the philosophy of science and evolutionary biology.

My recent studies include the development of theoretical models and the construction of methods for studying patterns of change caused by cultural transmission and the process of natural selection in cultural systems.

In addition, I have interests in remote sensing to efficiently and non-destructively study the record.  This work includes the use of magnetometry, resistivity, conductivity, thermal imagery and ground penetrating radar.  My field research has taken me from the Mississippi river valley to Easter Island to California and coastal Guatemala.

I work at CSULB, a state school located in the ethereal world of southern California. We offer BA and  MA degrees in Anthropology  though I’ve been working on creating some more focused and useful degrees.  The archaeology program at CSULB consists of a focused group of courses that train students within anthropology. We have a dynamite group of MA students doing work on a huge variety of topics -- most of which end up as posters at the SAA meetings and/or publications.


2 Programs

The Statues Walked, What Really Happened on Easter Island

01.17.13 | 01:44:43 min | 0 comments

Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo: The Statues That Walked

06.21.12 | 00:32:29 min | 1 comment