Leah Tavasi

Academic Profile

University of Oxford, Ph.D., Environmental Research and Archaeology. Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. September 2023 - Present.
University of Oxford, M.Sc., Archaeology. Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. November 2022.
McGill University, B.A. Psychology, History and Classical Languages and Studies. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2016.
Rutgers University, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 2017.

UKRI Natural Environment Research Council DTP 2023
Clarendon Award 2023
2023 George Fischer Travel Grant
St. Edmund Hall Conference College Grant
Kellogg College Progress Scholarship 2022
Kellogg Research Support Grant 2022

Work Experience:
St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum. Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). Field Supervisor. St. Augustine, Florida. June 2017 - October 2021. Maritime Archaeologist. June 2022 - November 2023.
UNESCO UniTWIN Underwater Archaeology Network. Research Survey, Akdeniz University. Antalya, Turkey. August 2022.
Grove Scuba. PADI Specialty Instructor. Miami, Florida. October 2018 - October 2021.
Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). Research Diver. Key Largo, Florida. January 2019 - October 2021.

Current Research

Currently I am affiliated with two projects. One will be focused on the use of cenotes and aguadas, fresh water sources, on the coastal environment of the karstic Yucatan peninsula during the climactic shift at the apex of Maya civilization. My hope is with understanding this maritime cultural landscape, indigenous methods of dry climate adaptations in karstic environments could be adapted and applied to our current crisis. As the majority of Maya linguistic cultural heritage was burned, and those who safeguarded the knowledge persecuted during the Spanish conquest, cultural heritage sites such as these provide invaluable information in the archaeological and cultural context of these indigenous groups. It can, should, and needs to be simultaneously used as backdrop into climate change education, as they are being slowly lost. The other project I am affiliated with is in Abu Qir Bay off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, analysing sediment cores taken from the sunken city of Thonis-Heraclion. This will give us a better understanding of the erosion rates of coastal cities, specifically in the Nile Delta --- an area where the river mouths are ever-changing and disputed throughout history. The processes of erosion and sinking are extremely relevant to island nations and coastal communities across the globe. In this UN declared `Decade of Ocean Science', I believe everyone interacting with the ocean must be an advocate for climate change as much as a marine biologist studying to save the coral reefs.


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