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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 Studies Program. Paula teaches a basic environmental analysis class for the latter program and integrates various types of GIS tools into that class and others humanities classes 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 ArcGIS Online and Story Maps. She is also very involved in exploring various types of active learning particularly in the use of the immersive role playing pedagogy Reacting to the Past. She is currently on the board of the Reacting to the Past Consortium.
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 for the town of Bova 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.Paula's posts All Map@Syst authors