Dr. Michael Storozum

Dr. Michael Storozum

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Michael Storozum is a post-doctoral research fellow based in the Department of Archaeology. He is currently a member of the Global Markers of the Anthropocene research group.

His research combines geoarchaeological field work with recent advances in laboratory methods to study the political ecology of the early Anthropocene, with an emphasis on the complex legacy of dynastic China. His published works range from identifying the social and geomorphic causes of ancient Yellow River floods throughout the North China Plain to identifying the traces of paleo-pollution left behind by Neolithic and Bronze Age metallurgy.

He also contributes to several on-going projects in eastern Africa that have that 3000 years ago, pastoralist populations influenced the development of soils across savanna landscapes. Their ancient occupations left behind a nutrient rich mix of ash and dung that accelerated soil development and vegetative growth.

Michael’s research interests are focused on the archaeology of dynastic China, eastern Africa, geoarchaeology, the history of erosion and flooding, and the development of human-made soils.


Curriculum Vitae

Michael Storozum received his PhD in 2017 in Anthropology from Washington University in Saint Louis. In his PhD research, he examined the material record of historically documented flooding in north China. Michael holds an MA in Anthropology from Washington University and a BA in Anthropology from Boston University.

Michael is a research fellow in the Global Markers of the Anthropocene group and is directing several active field projects:

  1. The Geoarchaeology Slow Violence: Erosion and Land Use of China’s Loess Plateau
  2. Yellow River floods, climate change, and collapse in dynastic China
  3. Anthrosols as indicators of the early Anthropocene
  4. Ancient pollution, modern hazards: Archaeological sites as vectors of toxicity
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