CARLOS E. CORDOVA, Ph.D.     Teaching and research information



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GEOG 1114 Introduction to Physical Geography


GEOG 4023/5023 Geography of Arid Lands

      SPRING 2011      

GEOG 4053 Biogeography

FALL 2010

GEOG 4073/5073 Climate Change: Past, Present &Future

FALL 2010

GEOG  5450.352 Historical Ecology & Geoarchaeology

GEOG 6013 Quaternary Paleoecology




Current research projects:


NEANDERTHAL LIFEWAYS:         The Middle and Upper Paleolithic of the Madaba-Ma'in and Azraq regions of Jordan



 Lake Ngami, Botswana. Pollen and paleoenvironmental records

Pollen and phytolith record of Hall’s Cave Texas, LGM to present


Paleoecology and Geoarchaeology of the Chersonesos Chora, Crimea, Ukraine



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Cordova, C.E., Gerasimenko, N., and Kliukin, A.A., (In press) Late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoenvironments of Crimea: pollen, soils, geomorphology, and geoarchaeology in Buynevich, I., Geology and Geoarchaeology of the Black Sea Region: Beyond the Flood Hypothesis, Geological Society of America, Special Paper, Boulder, CO.  


Cordova, C.E., Johnson, W.C., Mandel, R., and Palmer, M.  Opal phytoliths, carbon stable isotopes, and other microfossils from soils and paleosols of the south-central Great Plains, USA. Catena .


Cordova, C.E. and Scott, L.  The potential of Poaceae, Cyperaceae, and Restionaceae phytoliths to reflect past environmental conditions in South Africa . Palaeoecology of Africa 30.


Cordova, C.E., 2010. Palynology of anthropicized landscapes in Jordan: a survey of modern and fossil records of Quercus, Pistacia and Olea pollen.  In Archaeology of Anthropogenic Environments, ed. By Rebecca Dean, 95-121. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper No. 37. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University.


Cordova, C.E., and Agenbroad, L., 2009, Opal phytoliths from teeth calculus in the mammoths of the Hot Springs Site, South Dakota, Current Research in the Pleistocene 26 (in press). Expected publication date: December 2009


Cordova, C.E., S. Harrison, P. Mudie, S. Leroy and N. Ortiz. 2009. Pollen, plant macrofossil and charcoal records for paleovegetation reconstruction in the Mediterranean-Black Sea Corridor since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary International 197, 12-26.



Cordova, C.E. 2008. Floodplain degradation and settlement history in Wadi al-Wala and Wadi ash-Shallalah, Jordan. Geomorphology 101: 443-457.


Butzer, K.W., J. T. Abbott, C.D. Frederick, P.H. Lehman, C.E. Cordova, and J.F. Oswald. 2008. Soil-geomorphology and ‘wet” cycles in the Holocene record of North-Central Mexico. Geomorphology 101: 237-277.


M. J. Power, J. Marlon, N. Ortiz, P. J. Bartlein, S. P. Harrison, F. E. Mayle, A. Ballouche, R. H. W. Bradshaw, C. Carcaillet, C. Cordova, and others. 2008. Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics 30: 887-907.


Cordova, C.E., Rollefson, G.O., Kalchgruber, R.,  Wilke, P., and Quintero, L. 2008. Natural and Cultural Stratigraphy of ‘Ayn as-Sawda, Azraq Wetland Reserve: 2007 Excavation Report and Discussion of Finds. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 52: 417-425.



Cordova, C.E.,2007. Millennial Landscape Change in Jordan: Geoarchaeology and Cultural Ecology. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.                    LINK TO PUBLISHER


Cordova, C.E., Nowell, A., Bisson, M. Kalchgruber, R., and Al-Nahar, M. 2007. Geomorphological assessment of Middle Paleolithic Sites in the Madaba Plateau. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 51, 329-337.


Cordova, C.E., and W. Johnson. 2007. Paleobiomes and Paleopastures: A reconstruction of interactions of vegetation, climate, grazing and fire in South-Central North America since the Last Glacial Maximum. Current Research in the Pleistocene 24: 196-198.


Bisson, M., A. Nowell, C.E. Cordova, R. Kalchgruber, and Maysoon Nahar. 2007. Human evolution at the crossroads: An archaeological survey in Northwest Jordan. Near Eastern Archaeology 69 (2): 73-85.


Cordova, C.E. 2007. The evolving landscape of Jordan: The contributions of Geoarchaeology and Paleoecology. In Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan, ed. T. E. Levy, P.M. Michče Daviau, R.W. Younker, and M. Shaer, 69-78.  London: Equinox Publishing.


Bisson, M., A. Nowell, C.E. Cordova, and R. Kalchgruber. 2007. Neanderthals at the Crossroads: Middle Paleolithic Sites on the Madaba Plateau Jordan. In Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan, ed. T. E. Levy, P.M. Michče Daviau, R.W. Younker, and M. Shaer, 171-178.  London: Equinox Publishing.


Cordova, C.E. 2007. Holocene Mediterranization of the Southern Crimean vegetation: paleoecological records, regional climate change, and possible non-climatic influences. In The Black Sea Flood Question: Changes in Coastline, Climate, and Human Settlement, ed. V. Yanko-Hombach, A.S. Gilbert, N. Panin, and P.M. Dolukhanov., 319-344.  Berlin: New York: Springer. LINK TO PUBLISHER



Cordova, C.E., and P.H. Lehman 2006. Mediterranean agriculture in southwestern Crimea: paleoenvironments and early adaptations.  Beyond the Steppe and the Sown. Proceedings of the 2002 University of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology, Colloquia Pontica 13, ed., D.L. Peterson, L.M. Popova and A.T. Smith, 425-447. Leiden:Brill.



Cordova, C.E. 2005. The degradation of the Ancient Near Eastern environment. In D. Snell, A Companion to the Ancient Near East. Malden, MA, 209-225. London UK: Blackwell . LINK TO PUBLISHER

Cordova, C.E. and P.H. Lehman. 2005. Holocene environmental change in Southwestern Crimea (Ukraine) in pollen and soil records. The Holocene 15, 263-277.  

Cordova C.E., J.C. Porter, K. Lepper, R. Kalchgruber, and G. Scott, 2005. Sand dune morphology and stability along a bioclimatic gradient in north-central and northwestern Oklahoma. Great Plains Research 15 (2), 227-250.

Cordova, C.E., C. Foley, A. Nowell, and M. Bisson. 2005. Landforms, sediments, soil development and prehistoric site settings in the Madaba-Dhiban Plateau, Jordan. Geoarchaeology 20, 29-56.


Cordova, C.E. and P. Lehman. 2003. Archaeopalynology of synanthropic vegetation in the chora of Chersonesos, Crimea, Ukraine. Journal of Archaeological Science 30, 1483-1501.

Henry, D.O., C. Cordova, J. J. White, R. M. Dean, J. E. Beaver, H. Ekstrom, S. Kadowaki, J. McCorriston, A. Nowell, and L. Scott-Cummins. 2003. The Early Neolithic Site of Ayn Abū Nukhayla, Southern Jordan. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 330, 1-30. PDF


Cordova, C.E. 2003. Reconstructing environmental history. In  McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology, 352-354. New York: McGraw-Hill


Cordova, C.E , A. Rybak and P. Lehman. 2001. Vegetation Patterns and Conservation Issues in Southern Crimea, Post-Soviet Geography and Economics 42(5) 49-72.


Cordova, C.E. 2000. “Geomorphological evidence of Intense preshistoric soil erosion in the Highlands of central Jordan”, Physical Geography 21(6) 538-567.



Cordova, C.E. 1999. “Geoarchaeology of alluvial deposits and soils in the wadi systems of Northern Moab,” in P.M. and V. Egan, “Archaeology in Jordan.” American Journal of Archaeology 103 (3) 488-489.


Cordova, C.E. 1999. “Landscape Transformation in the Mediterranean-Steppe Transition zone of Jordan: A Geoarchaeological Approach.” The Arab World Geographer 2 (3): 182-201.



Cordova, C.E. and J. Parsons. 1997. Geoarchaeology of an Aztec dispersed village.” In Geoarchaeology12 (3): 177-210. 


Martin Del Pozzo, A.L. , C.E. Cordova,  and J. López. 1997. “Volcanic Impact on the Southern basin of Mexico during the Holocene,” Quaternary International 43-44(1):181-190.



Cordova, C.E. ,  Martin del Pozo, A.L. and López-Camacho, J. 1994. “Paleolandforms and volcanicimpact on the environment of prehistoric Cuicuilco, Southern Mexico City.” Journal of Archaeological Science 21: 586 – 596.








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