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Dr. Carrie Hritz is the Director of Research at SESYNC where she leads the research programs, and communications. In this role, she works with leadership to develop calls for proposals, identify partnership and collaboration opportunities, and provides support for research teams throughout the project cycle. She is trained as a landscape archaeologist with expertise in using Geospatial spatial 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 1999-2013, 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 2008-2014, Carrie was faculty at Penn State University and ran the Geospatial technologies lab in the Anthropology Department. After leaving her academic position, she served as a AAAS fellow in the Geosciences Directorate at NSF (2014-2015) and Branch Chief of Partnership Communication and Outreach in the Geography Division at the US Census Bureau (2015-2017). She has a BA in Anthropology from New York University, and a MA and PhD from the University of Chicago in Near Eastern Archaeology.