Nicholas P. Dunning is a Professor in the Department of Geography & GIS at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in human-environment interactions with foci on paleoenvironmental reconstruction, ancient subsistence, and settlement patterns. He has been engaged in field work in the Maya Lowlands for about four decades, including the Puuc region, the Petexbatun, Tikal, and other Peten sites, northern Belize, and currently at Calakmul in southern Campeche, Mexico. Dunning has also worked in the West Indies, Chaco Canyon, and the eastern Mediterranean. When not digging in archaeological contexts, he tills a large organic garden.