Kitty F. Emery, Ph.D., is the Curator of Environmental Archaeology
at the FLMNH, where she investigates the ancient relationship between
humans and the environments within which they lived. Dr. Emery received
her Ph.D. in 1997 from Cornell University and has been with the
FLMNH since 2001.
She works in the tropical forests of Central America, using ancient
animal and plant remains recovered in archaeological deposits to
understand how the ancient Maya and other Mesoamerican cultures
used (and sometimes abused) their natural world. Dr. Emery has worked
in Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala for 15 years, and is currently
studying materials from several Maya sites including Tikal, Copan,
Dos Pilas (National Geographic Magazine Feb. 1993), Piedras Negras
(NG Aug. 2003), and Aguateca (NG May 2003).