Darwin Today @ NMNH
Meet Dr. Dolores Piperno
Dolores Piperno, PhD, is curator of New World archaeology and a research scientist. She studies the origins of agriculture in Mexico and other areas of the New World tropical forest, and the way people have interacted with the environment for the past 10,000 years.
Darwin recognized the value of domestication as a model of evolution, so a Darwinian perspective has always been fundamental to my research into the origins of agriculture.
I have always liked archaeology and botany, and what I do now combines those fields in an area of the world, the tropics, where the plant life is magnificent.
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