Andy Dugmore studies long term records of environments and archaeology to understand the dynamics of complex socio-ecological systems- what creates resilience (for whom, at what cost and for how long), and why do threshold-crossing events take place? A central theme is the development and application of tephrochronology- a dating technique based on the identification and correlation of volcanic ash layers. Tephra provide outstanding ways to integrate environmental records, history and archaeology and cm-scale layers also preserve early warning signals of landscape tipping points – abrupt and major shifts from one state to another.
Present: Professor of Geosciences; Associate Director, Human Ecodynamics Research Center, Deputy Head of Geography and the Lived Environment Research Institute
Adjunct Professor (Research) Doctoral Program in Anthropology (2002- )
The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309, USA
Adjunct Professor (Research) School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2014- )
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-2402, USA
Active research projects:
The geomorphology of Viking and medieval harbours in the North Atlantic, Dugmore, A. 1/09/13-31/08/16
Website Development for the islands of change programme, Dugmore, A. 1/07/09-30/06/11
Footprints on the Edge of Thule, Panagiotakopulu, E. & Dugmore, A. 1/09/07-31/08/11
Nelson, M.C., Ingram, S.E., Dugmore, A.J., Streeter, R., Peeples, M.A., McGovern, T.H., Hegmon, M., Arneborg, J., Kintigh, K.W., Brewington, S. and Spielmann, K.A., 2016. Climate challenges, vulnerabilities, and food security. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(2), pp.298-303.
Streeter, R., Dugmore, A.J., Lawson, I.T., Erlendsson, E. and Edwards, K.J., 2015. The onset of the palaeoanthropocene in Iceland: Changes in complex natural systems. The Holocene, 25(10), pp.1662-1675.
Baynes, E.R., Attal, M., Niedermann, S., Kirstein, L.A., Dugmore, A.J. and Naylor, M., 2015. Erosion during extreme flood events dominates Holocene canyon evolution in northeast Iceland. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(8), pp.2355-2360.
Baynes, E.R., Attal, M., Dugmore, A.J., Kirstein, L.A. and Whaler, K.A., 2015. Catastrophic impact of extreme flood events on the morphology and evolution of the lower Jökulsá á Fjöllum (northeast Iceland) during the Holocene. Geomorphology, 250, pp.422-436.
Vésteinsson, O., Church, M.J., Dugmore, A.J., McGovern, T.H. and Newton, A.J., 2014. Expensive errors or rational choices: the pioneer fringe in Late Viking Age Iceland. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 4, pp.39-68.