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Introducing Our New Associate Editor for Central America

Emily McClung de Tapia, our new associate editor for Central America, received her BA (1971), MA (1974), and PhD (1979) in anthropology from Brandeis University, specializing in paleoethnobotany. Living in Mexico since 1974, she entered the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1975 as a research assistant in archaeology. She became a researcher in 1981 and is now a principal investigator. She teaches in the anthropology master's program at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM, and is a thesis director and advisor in the doctoral program. She initiated the Laboratorio de Paleoetnobotánica y Paleoambiente in 1977 and directs it. Her research interests include paleoethnobotany, human ecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and the origins of agriculture. She has worked mainly in the Central Highlands of Mexico, including Teotihuacan, Otumba, Xaltocan, Terremote-Tlaltenco, Ayotzingo, Cuicuilco, and has coordinated analysis of botanical materials from the ex-convento de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Yautepec, Morelos, and Xochicalco, Morelos. She teaches GIS and is interested in statistical applications of spatial data at the regional and site levels. Her current research consists of paleoenvironmental reconstruction in the Teotihuacan region, based on edaphological, geomorphological, and botanical data, and a new project that involves the spatial analysis of artifacts and botanical evidence from post-Teotihuacan caves east of the Pyramid of the Sun, excavated by Linda Manzanilla.