Paula Kay Lazrus – St John's University

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Paula Kay Lazrus is an archaeologist and an associate professor in the Institute of Core Studies at St. John’s University and is also affiliated with the school’s Environmental Science Program.  Paula teaches a basic environmental analysis class for the latter program and integrates various types of GIS tools into that class and others that she teaches.  This also includes a multi-year academic service learning project with freshman that involves collecting GPS positions and basic measurements on the campus’ 3000 trees as part of our TreeCampus USA initiative.  Data from that project are also available to the wider community through AGO and storymaps.  Paula’s archaeological research has focused on the protection of cultural heritage (particularly the problem of the international traffic in antiquities), and settlement and landuse in the Mediterranean.  Her most current research involves using archival data and GIS to visualize landuse and social patterns in southern Calabria during the Napoleonic period as a member of the Bova Marina Archaeological Project.  She is currently president of the local New York society of the Archaeological Institute of America.  Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M. A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in archaeology from Boston University.