Chris Fisher is a professor in the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the relationship that links humans to their past and present environment – a field often referred to as anthropological archaeology, landscape archaeology, and human ecodynamics. Specifically, by using earth science and archaeological techniques to study the prehistoric record of landscape change, the hope is to inform modern-based conceptions of land degradation, sustainability, development, and human and natural ecological change.
Fisher has active research projects in the Malpaso Valley and the Lake Patzcuaro Basin, both in Mesoamerica. Fisher has co-authored two books – The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience and Seeking a Richer Harvest: The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change – and he was awarded American Anthropologists’s Gordon R. Willy Prize in 2005 for his paper “Abandoning the Garden: Demographic and Landscape Change in the Lake Patzcuaro Basin, Mexico.”
Fisher received his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1992. He then studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning his M.A. in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 2000. Fisher was named a School of Global Sustainability Fellow in 2010.