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Sean Downey

Sean Downey

Sean Downey

Associate Professor


(614) 688-3904

4046 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Coupled human and natural systems
  • Computational and quantitative methods

I am an ecological anthropologist whose research explores the social and environmental dynamics of farming and foraging societies, past and present. My work is guided by anthropology’s traditional focus on human cultural and biological variability, which I believe can provide important insights into pressing questions about contemporary societies and the environmental sustainability. In order to achieve this potential, I believe it is important to develop and apply novel methods of data collection and analysis in our studies. Please see the website for the Human Complexity Lab for more information.


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Current Graduate Students

Shane Scaggs


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