Jennifer Ramsay, Ph.D

Associate Professor and Chair
(585) 395-5706
jramsay@brockport.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 324

Education

  • PhD in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • MSc. in Environmental Archaeology and Paleoeconomy, University of Sheffield, UK
  • BA in Anthropology with a Classics minor from the University of Victoria, Canada

Areas of Specialty

Archaeobotany, ancient arid agricultural land-use practices, subsistence reconstruction, cultural adaptations to environmental change and trade patterns.

Courses Taught

  • ANT 101 - The Human Condition
  • ANT 202 - Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 343 - Rivers, Cities and Empires
  • ANT344 – Archaeology of the Americas
  • ANT 384 - Methods in Anthropological Archaeology
  • ANT 462/52 - Museum Internship
  • ANT 448 - Roman Archaeology
  • ANT 449 - Greek Archaeology
  • ANT 465/565 - Environmental Archaeology
  • Summer fieldschool in Petra, Jordan and Legio, Israel

Research Interests

I am currently working on the analysis of plant remains from several
multi-national projects in Jordan, Israel, Turkey and Italy that range
chronologically from the Neolithic through the Islamic periods (ca. 8000 BCE –
ca. 1200 CE). Specifically my interests lie in investigating agricultural
land-use practices in arid environments. The Mediterranean region is incredibly
diverse both culturally and environmentally and has been throughout its history.
By analyzing ancient plant remains recovered from several arid archaeological
sites in the eastern Mediterranean questions related to how plants were grown in
these desert environments and how they functioned in the local and regional
economy can be examined. This research all ties into the concept of
desertification, which is the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems by
human activities and by climate change. Analysis of preserved economic crop
remains and affiliated weed species can illuminate species success in dry areas
as well as environmental conditions supported through weed varieties identified
that have very specific habitat requirements. Therefore, research related to
ancient agricultural and water management practices in these types of
environments can help provide answers about how ancient peoples in arid regions
transformed their landscape and dealt with climate change, and through this we
may be able learn from the past to inform the future.

I have several active field projects in Jordan and Israel and have had many
students join me for archaeological fieldwork experience over the years. I am
the associate director of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex project and I have
worked as an assistant project director (Petra North Ridge Project), field
school director (Petra Pool and Garden Complex, Petra North Ridge Project,
‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological project). I have also been a supervisor (Jezreel
Valley Regional Project – Legio Excavations, Combined Caesarea Expeditions)
and an archaeobotanical specialist most recently on the Casa della Regina
Carolina Archaeological Project in Pompeii, as well as many others. I am
dedicated to providing students with opportunities to experience real-world
applications of archaeological concepts as well as experience living with other
cultures to learn how diverse their world really is.

Professional Service

2016-2022

Academic Trustee for the Board of Trustees for the American Center of Research (ACOR), Amman, Jordan - Fellowship, Publications and Nominations Committee member for ACOR

2020-2023

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee member

2018-2022

Chair of the named and Jordanian fellowship subcommittee for the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)

2015-2021

Editorial board member and reviewer for the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR)

2018 – 2021

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - Pomerance Science Award Committee

2020

AIA-Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis - working group member

2020

External Reviewer for Antiquity

2015-2019

Program committee – chair of the poster session for the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research

2016-2019

Committee on Archaeological Research and Policy (CAP) for the American Schools of Oriental Research and Fellowship committee member (ASOR)

2018

Co-chair and organizer for a session for the annual meeting at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)

2018

Israel Science Foundation – Grant Reviewer

2018

External Reviewer for The Journal of Islamic Archaeology

2016 & 2018

External reviewer for Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

2015

External reviewer for ArcheoSciences

2015 & 2017

External reviewer for PLoS ONE

2015

External reviewer for AASOR (The Annual for the American Schools of Oriental Research)

2014-PRESENT

External Reviewer for BASOR (Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research).

2014

American Center of Oriental Research’s (ACOR) National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Committee member

2010 - 2015

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Oriental Research, Baltimore, MD. - Session organizer and co-chair (with Alexia Smith): Archaeology of the Natural Environment: Archaeobotany and Zooarchaeology in the Near East

2009

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Oriental Research, New Orleans, LA – Session organizer and chair: Individual

Submissions: Archaeozoological and Isotope Studies

 

College Service

2014-PRESENT

Committee member for the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship program

2018

General Education Assessment Committee

2017

ATP committee member for Dr. Kathryn Amatangelo (Environmental Science)

2017

Search committee chair for the Director of International Education position

2017

Committee member – Institute of Engaged Learning

2016 - 2018

Mid-Career Faculty Advisory Group for the Provost

2015 - 2017

Chancellor’s Award for Teaching - review committee member– two-year term

2014-2017

Mentor in the Peer Mentoring Program for the Center for Excellent in Learning and Teaching

2014-2015

Committee member for the Lipson Special Opportunity Award

2010-2015

College Senator for the Department of Anthropology – SUNY Brockport, State University of New York – Committees

Undergraduate curriculum committee and Faculty and Staff Policies Committee

2012-2013

Committee member for the development of the minor program in Museum Studies and Public History

 

Departmental Service

2019-2022

Anthropology Department Chair

2018 (FALL)

Interim Department Chair of Anthropology

2018

Marketing committee

2018

Chair for the Periodic Program Review committee

2013-2018

Departmental webmaster

2017

Search committee chair for Tenure-Track faculty line in the department of Anthropology

2012-2015

Committee member for the Periodic Program Review

2012-2013

Committee member for the development and renovation of the anthropology lab

2011-2015

Committee member for revisions to the anthropology departments Advancement, Promotion and Tenure (ATP) document.

2010-PRESENT

APT committee member

2010-PRESENT

Discretionary Salary Increase (DSI)/Award (DSA) committee member

2009-PRESENT

Faculty advisor for undergraduate students

2010

Member of the search committee for an assistant professor in physical anthropology

2009-2010

Anthropology club advisor