Climate and Environment of the Maya Lowlands, Then and Now
with Mark Brenner, Ph.D. of the University of Florida
The Maya Lowlands comprise an environmentally diverse region that possesses a wealth of natural resources. The modern Maya of the area utilize the rock, water, soils, plants and animals in much the same way their ancestors did. A “visual expedition” around the Yucatan Peninsula reveals the physical and biological diversity of the region and illustrates how local inhabitants exploit the resource base. Recent studies of lake sediment cores and cave stalagmites elucidate the long-term interactions among the ancient Maya, climate and environment.
Mark Brenner is a limnologist/paleolimnologist and received his graduate degrees in Zoology at the University of Florida (UF). He is Professor of Geological Sciences and Director of the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI) at UF. He teaches classes in Limnology, Paleolimnology, Florida Lake Management, Tropical Field Ecology, and Humans and the Environment of the Yucatan Peninsula, the latter two in Mexico. Mark is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Paleolimnology.
Mark’s research addresses interactions among climate, environment, and humans. He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Panama,Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, China, Cambodia, Colombia, and Florida. Mark is an avid fan of alternative music and has a large collection of folk art, mostly from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on mdc.edu or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.