Charlotte Pearson
Associate Director, Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment (CMATE)
Assistant Professor, Dendrochronology
Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change
(520) 621-0807
PhD, Archaeological Science, University of Reading, UK, 2003

Charlotte Pearson gained her Masters degree in Geoarchaeology (2000) and Ph.D. in Archaeological Science (2003) from the University of Reading, UK. Her thesis 'Volcanic Eruptions, Tree rings and Multi-Elemental Chemistry, an Investigation of Dendrochemical Potential for the Absolute Dating of Past Volcanism' began her research career in Mediterranean dendroarchaeology and the use of multi-proxy records to reconstruct past human environmental interactions. At UA she is a professor of Dendrochronology and associate Director of the Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment which aims to further interdisciplinary collaboration between leading scholars in anthropology, dendrochronology, radiocarbon analysis and geosciences at the University of Arizona. 

Research interests include developing new methodologies for the improvement of archaeological chronology and the synchronization of interdisciplinary evidence. Most recently this includes the interdisciplinary chronology of civilizations project (ICCP) which combines tree-ring chronologies and annual resolution radiocarbon analysis to accelerate chronological research in the wider Aegean region through an archaeologically informed, multi-proxy approach. A primary objective of this project is the creation of a new annually-resolved radiocarbon calibration curve from c. 2500-1000 BC which will be used address key chronological issues for Aegean and Near Eastern archaeology. This work will represent the first stage of what she hopes will be a longer duration project contributing to global efforts to enhance the precision and accuracy of radiocarbon analysis for a wide range of users. She is also involved with a number of archaeological science projects including 'Enhancing Shared Facilities for Archaeological Science at the University of Arizona' . This is an NSF-funded project with collaborators in Anthropology, Arizona State Museum and LTRR which centers on the purchase of new XRF instrumentation and the development of new cross-disciplinary applications in archaeological and conservation science, tree-ring research and outreach. 

Charlotte teaches on a range of human and environmental interactions, archaeological and dendrochronological topics, with a focus on catastrophic events and how they have impacted past societies. This includes 'Culture, Climate and Catastrophe' ANTH 204 a Tier 2 – Individuals and Societies (INDIV) class in the Fall semester.

Selected Citations: 

Cherubini, P., Humbel, T., Beeckman, H., Gärtner, H., Mannes, D., Pearson, C., Schoch, W., Tognetti, R., & Lev, Y. S. (2014). The olive-branch dating of the Santorini eruption. Antiquity, 88, 267-291.

Kuhn, S. L., & Pearson, C. L. (2014). Preface to CMATE Special Issue. Radiocarbon/Tree Ring Research, 56(4), iii-vi.

Manning, S., Dee, M., Wild, E., Bronk, R. C., Bandy, K., Creasman, P., Griggs, C., Pearson, C. L., Shortland, A., & Steier, P. (2014). High-precision dendro-14C dating of two cedar wood sequences from First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom Egypt and a small regional climate-related 14C divergence. Journal of Archaeological Science, 46, 401-416.

Pearson, C., Ważny, T., Kuniholm, P., Botić, K., Durman, A., & Seufer, K. (2014). Potential for a New Multimillennial Tree-Ring Chronology from Subfossil Balkan River Oaks.. Radiocarbon / Tree-Ring Research, 56(no. 4), S51-S59..

Cherubini, P., Humbel, T., Beeckman, H., Gärtner, H., Mannes, D., Pearson, C., Schoch, W., Tognetti, R., & Lev, Y. S. (2013). Olive tree-ring problematic dating: A comparative analysis on Santorini (Greece). PLoS One, 8, e54730.

Griggs, C., Pearson, C., Manning, S., & Lorentzen, B. (2013). A 250-year annual precipitation reconstruction and drought assessment for Cyprus from Pinus brutia (Ten.) tree-rings. International Journal of Climatology.

Pearson, C. L. (2013). The paleoclimate potential and enigma of Laguna Minucua, Oaxaca, Mexico.. Quaternary International, 310(DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2013.07.076), 232-233.

Mutlu, H., Köse, N., Akkemik, Ü., Aral, D., Kaya, A., Manning, S. W., Pearson, C. L., & Dalfes, N. (2012). Environmental and climatic signals from stable isotopes in Anatolian tree rings, Turkey. Regional Environmental Change, 12(3), 559-570.

Mutlu, H., Köse, N., Akkemik, Ü., Aral, D., Kaya, A., Manning, S., Pearson, C. L., & Dalfes, N. (2012). Environmental and climatic signals from stable isotopes in Anatolian tree rings, Turkey. Regional Environmental Change, 12(3), 559-570.

Pearson, C., Griggs, C., Kuniholm, P., Brewer, P., Wazny, T., & Canady, L. (2012). Dendroarchaeology of the mid-first millennium AD in Constantinople. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39, 3402-3414.

Pearson, C., Dale, D., & Lombardo, K. (2011). An investigation of fire scars in Pseudotsuga macrocarpa by scanning x-ray fluorescence microscopy. Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 1258-1264.

Brown, A., Turner, R., & Pearson, C. (2010). Medieval fishing structures and baskets at Sudbrook Point, Severn Estuary, Wales. Medieval Archaeology, 54.

Manning, S., Kromer, B., Ramsey, C., Pearson, C., Talamo, S., Trano, N., & Watkins, J. (2010). 14C record and wiggle-match placement for the Anatolian (Gordionarea) Juniper tree-ring chronology 1729 to 751 Cal BC, and typical Aegean/Anatolian(growing season related) regional 14C offset assessment. Radiocarbon, 52, 1571-1597.

Pearson, C., Dale, D., Brewer, P., Kuniholm, P., Lipton, J., & Manning, S. W. (2009). Dendrochemistry of a tree ring growth anomaly associated with the Thera Eruption. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36, 1206-1214..

Pearson, C., Dale, D., Brewer, P., Salzer, M., Lipton, J., & Manning, S. W. (2009). Dendrochemistry of White Mountain Bristlecone pines - an investigation via Synchrotron Radiation Scanning X-Ray Fluorescence Microscopy. Geophysical Research, 114.

Research Themes: 
Climate change
Climate variability
Dendrochronology
Extreme events
Human dimensions
Impacts
Paleoclimatology

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