Dr. Nelson's research interests center on cycles of social complexity and connectivity among the ancient cultures of northwestern Mexico and the American Southwest (A.D. 200-1540) on the human roles in and responses to the desertification of grasslands in those regions and on relating archaeology to indigenous cultures of the present day. He has worked for such organizations as the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology and the National Science Foundation.
He has taught at the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and today, currently teaches anthropology at Arizona State University.
Ph.D., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University Carnondale, 1980
M.A., Anthropology, Florida State University, 1976
B.A., Anthropology, Florida State University, 1971
Elliott, M., C. Fisher, B. Nelson, R. Molina-Garza, S. Collins and D. Pearsall. 2010. Climate, agriculture, and cycles of human occupation over the last 4000 years in southern Zacatecas, Mexico. Quaternary Research 74(1):26-35. 10.1016/j.yqres.2010.04.001
Anderies, J. M., B. Nelson and A. P. Kinzig. 2008. Analyzing the impact of agave cultivation on famine risk in arid pre-Hispanic northern Mexico. Human Ecology 36(3):409-422. 10.1007/s10745-008-9162-9 (link)
Mata-Gonazles, B., R. Molina-Garza, C. Fisher, M. Elliott and B. Nelson. 2002. Evidencia de cambio climatico-ambiental reciente en la Mesa Central, Zacatecas: Geomorfologia, estratigrafia del Cuaternario y Magnetismo de Rocas. GEOS 2(22):1100-1101. http://www.ugm.org.mx/publicaciones/geos/pdf/geos02-2/GC02-2.pdf
Elliott, M. 2001. Human impacts on the ancient environment. Archaeology Southwest 16(1):4. (link)
Cleland, R. and B. Nelson. 2011. Resource depletion and food supply at La Quemada: A zooarchaeological approach Quemada: A zooarchaeological approach. Poster presentation March 31 at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, CA.
Elliott, M., C. Fisher, R. S. Molina Garza, B. Mata and B. A. Nelson. 2003. An interdisciplinary approach to landscape evolution in the Malpaso Valley, Zacatecas, Mexico. Poster presented April 9-13 at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee, WI.
Mata-Gonzales, B., R. Molina-Garza, C. Fisher, M. Elliott and B. Nelson. 2002. Evidencia de cambio climatico-ambiental reciente en la Mesa Central, Zacatecas: Geomorfologia, estratigrafia del Cuaternario y Magnetismo de Rocas. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Union Geofisica Mexicana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Anderies, J. M. and B. Nelson. 2005. Agave as infrastructure: Vulnerability and crop diversity in northern Mexico. Invited presentation at December 2005 in Transformation and Stability in Socioecological Systems: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience Theory, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.