W. Christopher Carleton

Extreme Events Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Hans-Knöll-Straße 8
Jena, Germany
wcarleton@ice.mpg.de
ccarleton@protonmail.com


Highlights

Keywords

Archaeologist; Data Scientist; Quantitative and Qualitative Research; Software Developer (R, Python); Advanced Statistics; Human-Environment Interaction

Analytical Expertise

Statistics; Regression Models; Time-Series Analysis; Remote Sensing; Geographic Information Systems; Spatial Analysis; Agent-based Models; Computer Simulation; High-Performance Computing (parallel processing)

Teaching

  • 5 terms (semesters) as a teaching assistant
  • Currently on the supervisory committee for an MA student at Simon Fraser University

Research

  • 50+ months as a research assistant and/or fellow
  • 1 PhD Dissertation
  • 1 MA Thesis
  • 1 Undergraduate Honours Thesis

Publication Record

Funding

  • $368,250 CAD in awards, fellowships, and grants

Professional Involvement


Education

  • (2011-2017) PhD in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada: Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Time Series Analysis
  • (2008-2010) MA in Anthropology, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada: Collapse of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic ‘B’ in Southwest Asia
  • (2001-2005) BA Honours in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2017-2019 Human Evolutionary Studies Program Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Simon Fraser University ($90,000 CAD)
  • 2016 Mitacs PhD Fellowship, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia ($60,000 CAD)
  • 2015-2016 Simon Fraser University Department of Archaeology PhD Fellowship ($6250 CAD)
  • 2014-2015 Simon Fraser University Human Evolutionary Studies Program PhD Fellowship ($12,250 CAD)
  • 2014-2015 Simon Fraser University Department of Archaeology PhD Fellowship ($6250 CAD)
  • 2011-2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Counsel Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship ($105,000 CAD)
  • 2011-2014 Simon Fraser University Provost Prize ($15,000 CAD)
  • 2010 University College London Overseas Research Scholarship (Declined) ($68,000 CAD)
  • 2009 Trent University, William and Geoffrey Hamblin Memorial Graduate Award ($500 CAD)

Academic Contributions

Under Review and In Prep.

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., Collard, M. (In Prep.) Climate change and conflict in Europe during the second millennium.

  • Carleton, W. and Groucutt, H. (Under Review) Sum things are not what they seem: Problems with the interpretation and analysis of radiocarbon-date proxies. Quaternary Geochronology.

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., Collard, M. (Under Review) Bayesian time-series analyses reveal a substantial impact of climate change on Classic Maya conflict. Climatic Change.

Peer-Reviewed

  • Carleton, W., McCauley, B., Costopolous, A., Collard, M. 2019. Agent-based model experiments cast doubt on Dunnell’s adaptive waste explanation for cultural elaboration. Science and Technology in Archaeology (STAR). DOI: 10.1080/20548923.2019.1647648.

  • Carleton, W., and Collard, M. 2019. Recent major themes and research areas in the study of human-environment interaction in prehistory. Environmental Archaeology, DOI: 10.1080/14614103.2018.1560932.

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., and Collard, M. 2018. Chronological uncertainty severely complicates the identification of cyclical processes in radiocarbon-dated time-series. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 506:22-29.

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., and Collard, M. 2018. Radiocarbon dating uncertainty and the reliability of the PEWMA method of time-series analysis for research on long-term human-environment interaction. PloS ONE 13(1): e0191055

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., and Collard, M. 2017. Increasing temperature exacerbated Classic Maya conflict over the long term. Quaternary Science Reviews 163:209–218.

  • Carleton, W., Cheong, K., Savage, D., Barry, J., Conolly, J., Iannone, G. 2017. A Comprehensive Test of the Locally-Adaptive Model of Archaeological Potential (LAMAP). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 11:59–68.

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., and Collard, M. 2014. A reassessment of the impact of drought cycles on the Classic Maya. Quaternary Science Reviews 105:151–161.

  • Carleton, W., Conolly, J., and Collard, M. 2013. Corporate kin-groups, social memory, and “history houses”? A quantitative test of recent reconstructions of social organization and building function at Çatalhöyük during the PPNB. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(4):1816–1822.

  • Carleton, W., Conolly J., and Iannone G. 2012. A Locally-Adaptive Model of Archaeological Potential (LAMAP). Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(11):3371–3385.

Conference Presentations

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., Collard, M., 2017. “Chronological uncertainty severely undermines our ability to identify cycles in palaeoenvironmental records” paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht, Netherlands.

  • Carleton, W., Campbell, D., Collard, M., 2017. “Chronological uncertainty severely undermines our ability to identify cycles in archaeological and palaeoenvironmental records” paper presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver, BC.

  • Kong, C., W. Carleton, D. Savage, J. Conolly, G. Ianonne, J. Barry, 2015. “Testing a Locally-Adaptive Model of Archaeological Potential (LAMAP) to Assess Ancient Maya Settlement Location and Density in Belize’s North Vaca Plateau,” paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco, CA.

  • Carleton, W., M. Collard, and D. Campbell. 2015. “Parched and prickly or hot and bothered? Comparing drought and temperature as potential drivers of Classic Maya Conflict,” paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco, CA.

  • Carleton, W., M. Collard, and D. Campbell. 2015. “Parched and prickly or hot and bothered? Comparing drought and temperature as potential drivers of Classic Maya Conflict,” paper presented at the 4th annual Human Evolutionary Studies Program Symposium, Burnaby, BC.

  • Carleton, W., M. Collard, D. Campbell, and J. Munson. 2013. “Debating drought cycles and their influence on Maya society,” paper presented at the 78th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Honolulu, HI.

  • Carleton, W., J. Conolly, and M. Collard. 2012. “Socioeconomic structure at Catalhoyuk: debating corporate kin-groups,” paper presented at the 77th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, TN.


Teaching and Supervision

  • 2019-Present MA committee member for Rob Rondeau, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University (https://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/graduate/grad_students/rondeau.html)

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Canadian Archaeological Association
  • European Archaeological Association

Editorships


Experience

  • 2019-Present Post-doctoral researcher, Extreme Events Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
  • 2017-2019 Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University
  • 2015-2017Technology Intern and Regional Editor for the Americas, Database of Religious History
  • 2015 Teaching Assistant for the Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University (ARCH131 Human Origins — 2 terms)
  • 2013-2014 Research Assistant for the Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
  • 2012 Teaching Assistant for the Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University (ARCH100 Ancient Peoples and Places)
  • 2011 Research Assistant (Field) for the Department of Anthropology, Trent University
  • 2010-2011 Research Assistant for the Department of Anthropology, Trent University
  • 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant for the Department of Anthropology, Trent University (ARCH 400-level Archaeological Method and Theory)
  • 2008-2009 Research Assistant for the Department of Anthropology, Trent University
  • 2005-2007 Arcas Consulting Archaeologists: Staff Archaeologist