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Timothy Murtha PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Tim Murtha’s research looks at a place’s history traditions, and the environment through the lens of landscape. His goal: “understanding long-term environmental change as influenced by human decision-making.”

Education

BA, Anthropology - University of Central Florida

MA, Anthropology - The Pennsylvania State University

PhD, Anthropology - The Pennsylvania State University

Research

Landscape Anthropology + Archaeology

Cultural Ecology + Settlement Ecology

GIS, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

Mesoamerica + Orkney/Northern Scotland + Eastern North America

Exhibitions + Presentations

RECENT PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (updated October 2016)

(please refer to CV for a complete list):

Murtha, T. Rethinking urban density: archaeology, low density urbanism and sustainability. Architecture, Archaeology and Contemporary City Planning: Issues of Scale. Hosted by the Museum of London Archaeology. London, UK (September).

Marken, D. and T. Murtha. Maya Cities, People and Place: Comparative Perspectives from El Peru and Tikal. Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium. San Ignacio, Belize (July).

Murtha, T. Landscape Regionalism, Households and the Settlement Ecology of the Maya. Architecture, Archaeology and City Planning 2nd Workshop. Asentamiento y Urbanismo, Arquitectura y Arqueologica en America y Europa. Cancun, Mexico (May).

Murtha, T., A. Cyphers and G. Jimenez. 2016. The San Lorenzo Geospatial Project: Mapping the Olmec City and Landscape.  Society of American Archaeology. Orlando, FL (April).

Goldberg, L. and T. Murtha. 2015. Experiential and Visual Impacts of Energy on the Pennsylvania Landscape. European Conference of the Landscape Research Group. Energy Landscapes: Perception, Planning, Participation and Power. Dresden, Germany (September).*

Murtha, T., O. Schroth, L. Goldberg, B. Orland. 2015. Fracking Futures: Emerging comparative perspectives on new energy landscapes. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015. Exeter, UK (September).

Murtha, T., R. Hammond, B. Orland and L. Goldberg. 2015. Probabilistic Modelling and Complex Energy Landscape Design and Planning: an experimental approach. Digital Landscape Architecture Conference 2015 at Bernburg, Germany (June).

Murtha, T., D. Webster, K. French, C. Duffy, R. Terry, A. Parker and C. Balzotti. 2015. Tikal’s Landscape: Four Decades of Soil, Settlement and the Earthworks. Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium. San Ignacio, Belize (July).

Murtha, T. and B. Orland. 2015. Communities and Gas: Landscape Design and Planning in an Energy Landsccape. Invited presentation at the North Carolina American Society of Landscape Architects annual meeting, North Carolina(May).

Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (updated September 2016)

(please refer to CV for a complete list):


Charles Golden, Timothy Murtha, Bruce Cook, Derek S. Shaffer, Whittaker Schroder, Elijah J. Hermitt, Omar Alcover Firpi, Andrew K. Scherer. 2016. Reanalyzing environmental lidar data for archaeology: Mesoamerican applications and implications, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Volume 9, October 2016, Pages 293-308, ISSN 2352-409X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.07.029.

Murtha, T., D. Webster, K. French, C. Duffy, R. Terry, A. Parker and C. Balzotti. 2016. Tikal’s Landscape: Four Decades of Soil, Settlement and the Earthworks. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. V13: 891 – 896.

Murtha, Timothy. 2015. Negotiated Landscapes: Comparative Settlement Ecology of Tikal and Caracol. In Ancient Maya Polities. ed by D. Marken and J. Fitzpatrick. University of Colorado Press. Pp 75 – 98.

Orland, Brian and Timothy Murtha. 2015. Show Me: Engaging Citizens in Planning for Shale Gas Development. Environmental Practice. Volume 17, Issue 4. Pp 245-255.

Murtha, Timothy, Richard Hammond, Brian Orland and Lacey Goldberg. 2015. Probabilistic Modelling and Complex Energy Landscape Design and Planning: an experimental approach. Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture Conference 2015 at Bernburg. Ed by, Erich Buhmann. Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Wichmann/VDE Publisher Berlin and Offenbach and Berlin. Pp 238 – 246.

Webster, David and Timothy Murtha. 2015. Fractious Farmers at Tikal. In Tikal and Maya Paleoecology ed by David Lentz. Cambridge University Press. Pp 212 – 238.

Cyphers, Ann, Timothy Murtha, Judith Noguera, Gerardo Jimenez, Elvia Guevara, Anna Di Castro, Brizio Gracia, Virginia Baizabal, Roberto Lunagomez, Joshua Borstein, Stacey Simonds, Mario Ortiz and Jose Figueroa. 2014. Atlas Digital de la Zona Arqueologica de San Lorenzo, Vera Cruz. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico DF. 56 pages and 1 DVD (4.7GB). ISBN: 978-6070263262.

Cyphers, Ann and Timothy Murtha. 2014. Early Olmec Spaces at San Lorenzo, Vera Cruz. In Mesoamerican Plazas: Arenas of Community Building and Power Negotiation. ed by Kenichiro Tsukamoto and Takeshi Inomata. University of Arizona Press. Pp 71 – 89.

Murtha, Timothy and Brian Orland. 2014. "Local lessons for a global landscape challenge:  Design and planning responses to unconventional shale gas development." In Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture Conference 2014 at ETH Zurich. Ed by, Wissen Hayek, Fricker and Buhmann. Wichmann-verlag, Berlin. Pp. 95-105.

Balzotti, Chris, David L. Webster, Timothy. Murtha, Steven L. Petersen, Richard L. Burnett, Richard E. Terry. 2013. Modelling the ancient maize agriculture potential of landforms in Tikal National Park, Guatemala. International Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 34, Iss. 16: 5868 – 5891.

Orland, Brian and Timothy Murtha. 2013. Here Comes the Boom: Shale gas, landscapes and an ecological planning imperative. In Fábos, J.G., Lindhult, M., Ryan, R.L., & Jacknin, M. (Eds). 2013. Proceedings of Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning 2013: Pathways to Sustainability. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, April 12-13, 2013. Full papers. Amherst, MA: Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Pp 91 – 99.

Murtha, Timothy. 2009. Land and Labor: Classic Maya Agriculture at Caracol, Belize.  VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Berlin. 428 pages. ISBN: 978-3639047721.

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