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Ted Gragson

UGA Arch
Department Head
IdEx Chair, Université de Toulouse
Director, Sustainable Human Ecosystems Laboratory

I am interested in how humans manipulate and shape the landscapes they inhabit and in particular temperate, mountain systems. My collaborative research efforts draw on geoarchaeological, biophysical, and socioecological factors to examine human causality and environmental resilience and demonstrate their relationship with the sustainability of mountain landscapes of the western Pyrenees over medium to long time intervals. We aim to understand complex processes or the contingency and behavioral variability of human agents in transforming a landscape. With further collaboration, we derived a chronostratigraphic framework in the Tarn River of southern France to better understand human-environment interaction histories and outcomes. The goal of our research is to connect the present continuously and strongly to the past so we may contribute to building a more desirable and sustainable future.  

Research Interests:
  • Human ecosystem ecology 
  • Historical landscape ecology 
  • Southeastern US 
  • South America 
  • Mountain systems 
  • Domestication of plants, animals and landscape 
  • Multilevel approaches to individual, household & community 
  • Remote sensing 
  • Quantitative/qualitative/spatial analysis 
Selected Publications:

Gragson, T. L., Hautefeuille, F., Thompson, V. D., & Leigh, D. S. 2016. Discovery and appraisal of the early Christian church of Notre Dame de Baudes near Labastide-du-Temple, France. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 584-593.

Gragson, T. L., Leigh, D. S., and Coughlan, M. R. 2015. Basque Cultural Landscapes of the French Western Pyrenees. Cultural Capital 12: 565-596.

Gragson, T. L, and Bolstad, P. V. 2007. A Local Analysis of Early 18th Century Cherokee Settlement. Social Science History 31(3): 435-468.


PhD, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1989

Articles Featuring Ted Gragson
Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 10:12pm

Department Head and Professor, Dr. Ted Gragson, along with UGA Department of Geography's David Leigh, and University of Oregon's Michael Coughlan had a paper published in MDPI's Sustainability journal. The paper is titled, "Contingency and Agency in…

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