Michael Barton

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
Email: michael.barton@asu.edu
Web: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cmbarton/CMB_iWeb/Main.html


Dr. Barton received his doctoral degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1987. His interests are centered on long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics where he currently has on-going projects in the Mediterranean (late Pleistocene through mid-Holocene) and American Southwest (Holocene-Archaic). His other interests and expertise revolve around hunter/gatherer and early farming societies, geoarchaeology, lithic technology, evolutionary theory with an emphasis on human/environmental interaction, landscape dynamics and techno-economic change. He has completed fieldwork in Spain, Bosnia and various locales in North America.

In addition to directing The Mediterranean Landscape Dynamic project and The Open Agent Based Modeling Consortium, Dr. Barton teaches courses on Scholarly Inquiry, Human Impacts on the Environment, Spatial Technologies in Anthropological Research, Geoarchaeology, Lithic Technology and Issues in Old World Domestication Economies.


agrarian societies; geoarchaeology; geospatial techniques; human ecology; hunter-gatherers; landscape studies; lithic technology; paleoanthropology; spatial analysis; archaeology; algorithm development; data-fusion technology; ecological behavior; economic adaptation and climate change; geographic information science; geological processes; informatics; land use change; modeling and simulation; remote sensing; socioecology


PhD, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1987

MA, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1980

BA, Anthropology, University of Kansas, 1976

Journal Articles


Barton, M. and J. Riel-Salvatore. 2012. Agents of change: Modeling biocultural evolution in Late Pleistocene western Eurasia. Advances in Complex Systems 15(1-2):115003-1-115003-24. DOI: 10.1142/S0219525911003359.

Barton, M. and J. Riel-Salvatore. 2012. Perception, interaction, and extinction: A reply to Premo. Human Ecology 40(5):797-801. DOI: 10.1007/s10745-012-9530-3.

Barton, M., I. I. Ullah, S. M. Bergin, H. Mitasova and H. Sarjoughian. 2012. Looking for the future in the past: Long-term change in socioecological systems. Ecological Modeling 241:42-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.02.010.

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Barton, M., G. A. Clark, D. Yesner and G. Pearson. 2004. The Settlement of the American Continents: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Biogeography. University of Arizona Press. Tucson.


Barton, M. 1988. Lithic Variability and Middle Paleolithic Behavior: New Evidence from the Iberian Peninsula. BAR International Series 408, Oxford.

Book Chapters


Bernabeu Auban, J., A. Moreno Martin and M. Barton. 2012. Complex systems, social netowrks, and the evolution of social complexity in the east of Spain from the Neolithic to pre-Roman times. In: Cruz Berrocal, M., L. Garcia Sanjuan and A. Gilman eds., The Prehistory of Iberia: Debating Early Social Stratification and the State. Routledge.


Barton, M. 2008. General fitness, transmission, and human behavioral systems. Pp. 112-119 In: Obrien, N. J. ed., Cultural Transmission. Society for American Archaeology Press.

Diez Castillo, A., M. Barton, N. La Roca Cervigon and J. Bernabeu Auban. 2008. Landscape socioecology in the Serpis Valley (10000-4000 BP). In: Posluschny, A., K. Lambers and I. Herzog eds., Layers of Perception: Proceedings of the 35th CAPP Conference, Berlin, 2007. Dr. Rudolf Habel GmbH Kolloquien zur Vor und Fruhgeschichte.

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