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Thomas H. McGovern

Tom McGovern is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College, CUNY, and associate director of the Human Ecodynamics Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has done archaeological fieldwork since 1972 in the UK, Norway, France, the Caribbean, and NE US, but his main research work has been in the North Atlantic (Greenland, Iceland, Faeroes, and Shetland). McGovern was one of the founders of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) with initial NSF support in 1992, and has served as NABO coordinator to the present day. This international regional research cooperative has sponsored collaborative science, education, and outreach work from arctic Norway to Labrador, and its website now provides rich resources for science and education.  In 2009 NABO was funded by NSF to explore the possibilities of taking this collaborative model global by connecting other regional interdisciplinary teams working in long term human ecodynamics. Following a successful workshop and conference publication, this effort has resulted in the new Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA). McGovern is active in the GHEA alliance, and is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of IHOPE - Integrated History and Future of People on Earth.