Benjamin Keenan

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • McGill University

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2023

    Benjamin Keenan is a biogeochemist who uses combinations of geochemical proxies to sediment cores to reconstruct changes in climate, population, vegetation, and fire use over 3,300 years around the ancient population center Maya of Itzan, in the Maya lowlands of the southwestern department of Petén, Guatemala. Benjamin is interested in the interaction between humans and their environment, migration as an adaptive response to climate change, and how insights from the past can inform responses to anthropogenic climate change. Benjamin’s work has been covered internationally by CBC, Radio Canada, Global News, CTV, Haaretz, Daily Mail, El Mundo, Archeology Magazine, DW, Numerama, RT, El Ciudadano and Le Climatoscope.

Last Known Location:

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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