The Apalachicola Ecosystems Project


Palynology is the study of ancient pollen and micro-botanical remains.  AEP researchers are engaged in analysis of paleo botanical remains in order to characterize the ancient environment and understand how humans have used it. 

In 2006, Dr. Roger Brown of Columbus State University (CSU) began a study of anthropogenic effects of Native American culture at the eighteenth century town of Apalachicola using palynology.  The AEP team is looking for the effects of agriculture and human induced fire.  Preliminary results indicate that there is good preservation at the sites.  Laboratory analyses are currently being conducted by Dr. Brown and a CSU student.

University of South Carolina Student coring through Brasenia shreberi


Brown, Roger and Thomas Foster.  2008.  Paleoenvironmental investigations of human-environment interactions in the southeastern U.S.  Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts

Cohen, Arthur D., David C. Shelley, H. Thomas Foster, II, Judge Christopher, Michelle A. Metzler, and Elizabeth A. Cannon.  2006.  Palynology and Paleoecology of Late Pleistocene to Holocene, Organic-Rich, Paleomeander/Rimswamp Deposits in South Carolina and Georgia. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Foster, H. Thomas, II, and Arthur Cohen.  2007.  Palynological evidence of the effects of the deerskin trade on eighteenth century forests of southeastern North America.  American Antiquity

Cohen, Arthur.  2003.  Palynological Study of Fort Benning, Georgia and Alabama.  Report submitted to Fort Benning, Georgia.

Soil Core from Beaver Dam site, Fort Benning



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