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Michael Lonneman


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PhD Student, Department of Anthrolopogy
UGA - University of Georgia

My dissertation research models agricultural land use decision-making and investigates how farmers manage soil resources for both short-term production requirements and long-term productivity. I explore how these decisions influence both long-term changes in agricultural livelihoods and the patterns and process of disturbances in soils, including soil movement and the loss of fertility. My research focuses on the United States Piedmont region, 1750 - 1930. My field site is located in Sumter National Forest in Union County, South Carolina. It is part of the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, a NSF-funded project whose objective is to understand how present-day soil processes are the product of human land use legacies that directly affected hydrological, geomorphological, and biological systems.

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