Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin

Excellence in Cultural Resource Management

About Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin is recognized nationally as an expert in cultural resource management, specializing in preservation planning, nautical archaeology, cultural resource management, prehistoric demography, cultural ecology, field methods in archeology, human osteology, and historic archaeology. Having received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Honor Award, as well as the United States Small Business Administration’s Administrator’s Award of Excellence for “Outstanding Contribution and Service to the Nation,” Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin serves as the president, chief executive officer, and director of research for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. He is also a former Arizona State University fellow, Yale Peabody Museum research associate, and Smithsonian Institution scholar-in-residence and research fellow.

Dr. Goodwin has been listed in the Who’s Who in Leading American Executives and Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans. His articles have appeared in American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, The Florida Anthropologist, American Scientist, and several additional scholarly journals.

A Brief Explanation of Human Paleoecology

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, owner of an archaeological and historical research and preservation planning firm with offices across the nation, possesses more than three decades of experience in archaeological preservation. A leading PhD archaeologist in cultural resource management, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin also examines the long-term effects of climate change from the perspective of human-paleoecology.

Paleoecology involves the study of ancient cultures and how they reacted to and interacted with changing environments. It provides an expanded view of ecological studies that takes into account the shifting geographic history over a population’s lifetime and considers how organisms respond to biological and non-biological factors over long intervals. Furthermore, it examines the factors that brought modern ecosystems into existence and how current factors will affect existing and developing ecosystems into the future.

Archaeologists use the term “human paleoecology” to refer to studies exclusively involving humans and their ecological histories. It incorporates information from fossil records, soil science, prehistoric artifacts, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions to examine past populations and the origins of patterns of demographic, economic and behavioral changes in their societies. Additionally, it aids in the investigation and prediction of long-term ecological processes, such as the effects of development at the cost of environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources.

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