Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado
Resilience; sustainability; early agriculture; subsistence strategies; permaculture; human behavioral ecology; human-environmental interactions; human impacts; activist archaeology
Crystal R. Simms is a second year master’s student in the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University. She grew up in Evergreen, CO and graduated summa cum laude from The University of Colorado Denver in 2012 with her BA in Anthropology. While she has conducted fieldwork throughout the American Southwest, her fieldwork has largely been centered in Europe where she continues to investigate human-environmental interactions in prehistory.
Her current research focuses on human responses to climate change in Mesoamerica. Exploring the capacity for archaeological research to inform contemporary decision-making, her present work aims at enabling small-scale communities in Central Mexico to make informed responses to climate and environmental change based on the archaeologically observable effects of decisions made by past communities in the same region in reaction to comparable episodes of change.
Crystal’s research is defined by her belief that archaeology is of particular relevance to present-day decision-making concerning both environmental and social issues. The objective of her work is to highlight this relevancy and demonstrate the applicability and necessity of integrated research in informing contemporary policy.