Thomas H McGovern
Professor (joint appointment with the CUNY Graduate Center)
Tel: (212) 772-5656
Fax: (212) 772-5423
Room: HN 701
Office Hours: (Spring 2013) Weds 11:00-5:00 or by appointment
PhD Columbia University, 1979
Areas of Specialization
Environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, island archaeology, climate change, Historical Ecology & Long Term Human Ecodynamics, cultures of the North Atlantic and Circumpolar North.
Overview of Research
Tom McGovern has done archaeological fieldwork since 1972 in the UK, Norway, France, the Caribbean, and NE US, but his main research work has been in the North Atlantic (Greenland, Iceland, Faeroes, and Shetland). McGovern was one of the founders of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO, www.nabohome.org) with initial NSF support in 1992, and has served as NABO coordinator down to the present. This international regional research cooperative has sponsored collaborative science, education, and outreach work from arctic Norway to Labrador, and its website now provides rich resources for science and education. In 2009 NABO was funded by NSF to explore the possibilities of taking this collaborative model global by connecting other regional interdisciplinary teams working in long term human ecodynamics. Following a successful workshop and conference publication, this effort has resulted in the new Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA, www.gheahome.org) that has attracted wide interest and NSF support through the new Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) initiative. McGovern is active in the GHEA alliance, linked to IGBP human dimensions initiatives and working to coordinate and connect many excellent local and regional initiatives in sustainability education and research. In 2010, the NABO teams were recognized by the American Anthropological Association's Gordon Willey Memorial Prize for outstanding interdisciplinary archaeology. McGovern is associate director of the Human Ecodynamics Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center (http://herc.gc.cuny.edu/ ) and has served on multiple NSF and international panels on arctic and interdisciplinary research.