SFI: Stefani Crabtree With Oswaldo Macía’s Work ‘New Cartographies Of Smell Migration’ Monday Oct. 18

SFI archaeologist Stefani Crabtree discusses her research on migration, 6 p.m. Monday at SITE Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

A Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and SITE Santa Fe Community Event: “The Science of Migration and the Work of Oswaldo Macía” with Stefani Crabtree at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

How do people migrate across unfamiliar landscapes? What rules and paths do they follow? In connection with the catrographic artwork of Oswaldo Maciá on view at SITE Santa Fe, SFI archaeologist  Crabtree discusses her research on migration.

Seventy thousand years ago people entered the landmass of Australia, rapidly expanding across the continent and developing complex cultural practices to enable the thriving aboriginal cultures Europeans encountered at contact. The people who migrated across this landscape traversed new ecosystems: vast deserts, dense rainforests, and long, rocky ridges.

Crabtree’s work uses complex computer simulations to re-create how humans find their way across new landscapes, and sheds light on the networks of connectivity Aboriginal people developed as they populated this vacant continent.

Stefani Crabtree is Assistant Professor in Socio-Environmental Modeling in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University, and an ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems Fellow at The Santa Fe Institute. She additionally holds external affiliation at three institutions: Research Associate at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Fellow at the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Paris, and Research Associate at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. Her research applies complex systems science modeling methodologies to problems in social science and ecology.

Register for this event via SITE Santa Fe’s event page.