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Personal profile

Office Address

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Interests

Classic Maya, ritual, political power, climate change, sustainability


Ph.D., UCLA, 1994

Honors & Awards

AAAS Fellow
President, Archaeology Division, American Anthropological Association (2017-2019)

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Research Output

A year in the life of a giant ground sloth during the Last Glacial Maximum in Belize

Larmon, J. T., McDonald, H. G., Ambrose, S., DeSantis, L. R. G. & Lucero, L. J., Feb 1 2019, In : Science advances. 5, 2, eaau1200.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • A cosmology of conservation in the ancient Maya world

    Lucero, L. J., Sep 1 2018, In : Journal of Anthropological Research. 74, 3, p. 327-359 33 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Climate Change, Mesoamerica, and the Classic Maya Collapse

    Lucero, L. J. & Larmon, J. T., Nov 15 2018, Climate Changes in the Holocene: Impacts and Human Adaptation. Chiotis, E. (ed.). CRC Press, p. 165-182

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Sustaining freshwater security and community wealth: Diversity and change in the pre-Columbian Maya lowlands

    Isendahl, C., Lucero, L. J. & Heckbert, S., Oct 3 2018, Water and Society from Ancient Times to the Present: Resilience, Decline, and Revival. Taylor and Francis, p. 17-39 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Prolonged droughts, short‐term responses, and diaspora: the power of water and pilgrimage at the sacred cenotes of Cara Blanca, Belize

    Lucero, L. J., Harrison, J., Larmon, J., Nissen, Z. & Benson, E., Jul 1 2017, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 4, 4, p. e1148

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle