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Arizona State University
School of Complex Adaptive Systems, in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change


Michael Barton is Professor in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems, in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, and Director of the Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity at Arizona State University (USA). Barton directs CoMSES.Net (Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences), an international scientific network to enable accessibility, open science, and best practices for computation in the socio-ecological sciences. Barton received his BA from the University of Kansas in Anthropology/Archaeology, and MA and PhD from the University of Arizona in Anthropology/Archaeology and Geosciences. His research centers around long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics, integrating computational modeling, geospatial technologies, and data science with geoarchaeological field studies. Barton has directed transdisciplinary research on hunter-gatherers and small-holder farmers in the Mediterranean and North America for over three decades, and co-directs research on human-environmental interactions in the modern world in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is also a member of the open-source GRASS GIS Development Team and Project Steering Committee, dedicated to making advanced geospatial technologies openly accessible to the world. Web page and CV at: