Dean Reeder's Recent Travels - Old Habits are Hard to Break

As a doctoral student and then a newly degreed assistant professor in 1992, I began to build my research program, which has evolved over the past 23 years. My main areas of research early in my career involved mostly hydrology and water resources, and through time I also developed an interest in paleo-environments and paleo-climate. During that time I also developed an interest in geoarchaeology, which combines the geosciences (mostly geology, geography and geophysics) with archaeology. My research has taken me to many sites in the United States, and around the world. Internationally, I have done research in Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, New Zealand and Pakistan, but through time I began to focus more and more on two locations that I found myself visiting time after time. I have been to Belize over 30-times to pursue projects related to geoarchaeology, paleo-climate and paleo-environmental reconstruction. I have also worked in Israel 12 times, mostly on projects as part of a multidisciplinary research team, in my case using science to answer questions related to the history of the Holy Land. The research in Israel also led to two projects in Spain, one in Poland and one in Greece.

When I became Dean of the Bayer School in July 2013, I fully intended to continue my research program. The demands of my new position caused me to put several projects on hold as I established myself as Dean. In November 2014, I decided to take part in a research project that was to take place in January 2015 in Israel and then Greece. I participated in these projects as part of the multidisciplinary research group that I had worked with in the past. My intentions as a research team member were two-fold. To get back in the field and collect data again as part of the research team, and to make connections in Israel and Greece that would be beneficial to Duquesne University and the Bayer School. I was successful on both fronts. As part of my travels and research I wrote a blog detailing my experiences. The link to this blog is below. I will continue to add entries to the blog as data collected in January 2015 are further analyzed and conclusions are drawn. I will also continue this blog as I pursue my next research adventure. In June 2015, I will be working with the same research group on a project in Vilnius, Lithuania. Using geophysics, we will be looking beneath the ruins of a modern era church that was destroyed in WWII, for the remains of a fourteenth century synagogue. This research design is similar to the ones used in Israel and Greece in January 2015. See "My Travel Blog" for the details.


Philip Reeder, Ph.D., Dean


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