William Woods

Professor Emeritus
Deceased September 11, 2015
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Research Interests and Current Projects

William's research interests centered on Abandoned Settlements, Anthropogenic Environmental Change, Cultural Landscapes, Soils and Sediments, Traditional Settlement-Subsistence Systems. He had extensive field experience in Mexico, Brazil, Belize, Belgium, Germany, and Italy; with lesser amounts of time in Argentina, Colombia, and Ireland.

William was a member of research teams that worked with anthropogenic soils and related environmental history and prehistory in the Brazilian Amazon, Belgium, and at the UNESCO World Heritage Cahokia Mounds Site in southwestern Illinois. His last research topic concerned carbon sequestration in soils as a potential mitigating process for land degradation and atmospheric CO2 accumulation. An ancillary interest involved birds as an indicator of anthropogenic environmental change.


1999: Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar-Teacher Award (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)


September 11, 2015

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