Carrie Hritz

Director of Research

Dr. Carrie Hritz was the Associate Director and then the Director of Research at SESYNC from 2017 to 2020. Prior to joining SESYNC, Carrie was the Branch Chief of Partnership Communication and Outreach, working with tribal, state, and local governments, as well as other federal agencies in the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. Before working with the Census Bureau, Carrie was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow placed in the Geosciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation, working in international and interdisciplinary funding initiatives. Carrie is trained as a landscape archaeologist with expertise in the use of geospatial tools and regional expertise in the Middle East, looking at the patterns of human-environment interactions during the period of the first urban cities. From 1999 to 2013, Carrie led archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq, participating in one of the first projects to work in the southern Iraqi marshes since the late 1960s. From 2008 to 2014, Carrie was a faculty member at Penn State University and ran the GIS lab in the Department of Anthropology.

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2017 - 2020
Areas of Expertise
human environment interactions
landscape archaeology
Research Interests
socio-environmental systems
global environmental change
Methods of Expertise
qualitative analysis