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Dylan S. Davis

Dylan S. Davis

Ph.D. Graduate Student

303 Carpenter Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 867-0003

Office Hours

  • Spring 2019: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  1. 2018 - Binghamton University
  2. M.A. Anthropology
  3. 2017 - Binghamton University (summa cum laude)
  4. B.S. Anthropology - Concentration in Archaeology
  5. B.A. Geography - Concentration in Computer Applications for Human Environmental Analysis

Biography

I am an archaeologist specializing in remote sensing applications and human-environmental interaction. I focus primarily on population settlement distributions and their connections to resource use. Central to my research is evolutionary theory and technologies such as remote sensing and GIS. My research largely focuses on island and coastal regions, and seeks to further our understanding of how people interact with and are affected by their environmental surroundings. Currently, my research is focused on establishing linkages between environmental conditions and human settlement patterns in Southwest Madagascar using a variety of paleoclimate proxies (including fossil corals) and systematic landscape survey of archaeological deposits using remote sensing instruments and machine learning algorithms.

Recent Publications:

Davis, D. S., Lipo, C. P., & Sanger, M. C. (2019). A comparison of automated object extraction methods for earthwork feature identification in South Carolina. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 23:166-177.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.10.035.

Davis, D. S., Sanger, M. C., & Lipo, C. P. (2019). Automated mound detection using LiDAR survey in Beaufort County, SC. Southeastern Archaeology. 38(1):23-37. https://doi.org/10.1080/0734578X.2018.1482186

Davis, D. S. (2018). Object-based image analysis: a review of developments and future directions of automated feature detection in landscape archaeology. Archaeological Prospection, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1002/arp.1730.

Courses Taught:

ANTH 9: Rise of Civilization in the Old World (PSU), Teaching Assistant (FA-2018, FA-2019)

ANTH 426W: Archaeological Laboratory Analysis (PSU), Teaching Assistant (SP-2019)

Media Coverage/Public Impact

Research Interests

Human-environmental interaction, Settlement patterns, GIS, Remote sensing, Evolutionary theory, Spatial analysis, Coastal & island archaeology, Climate change