Leadership of Kiuic

Kaxil Kiuic A.C. is a non-profit that is supported and managed by Millsaps College. The scientists and academics involved with Kiuic also serve in leadership roles with the non-profit, both as members of the board of directors and directors of various aspects of operations. Primary areas of leadership are focused on managing the operations of the reserve and its various facilities as well the educational programs of the reserve. Research is focused to a large extent on Maya archaeology and tropical biology and this is also reflected in the leadership of Kiuic. Below are brief bios of the primary leaders of this initiative.

Dr. George J. Bey III

George Bey is Professor of Anthropology at Millsaps College where he serves as the Associate Dean of International Education. He holds the Chisholm Foundation Chair in Arts and Sciences and is also an associate research fellow of the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1977 with a double major in English and Anthropology. He received his M.A. (1984) and Ph.D. (1986) in Anthropology from Tulane University. Dr. Bey has worked and taught in northern Yucatan since 1984. He was co-director of the Ek Balam project from 1984-1999 and was instrumental in developing Millsaps programs in Yucatan. He presently co-directs the Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project (BRAP) with Tomas Gallareta and William Ringle. He is one of the founders of the Millsaps College sponsored non-profit Kaxil Kiuic A.C. and serves as the president of its board of directors.

Tomás Gallareta Negrón

Tomás Gallareta Negrón is an internationally known archaeologist, who has conducted research for Mexico's INAH in the Northern Maya Lowlands, for over 35 years (he is a research associate of INAH in Yucatán since 1981). He has worked at such important Maya sites as Cobá, Uxmal, Chichen Itzá and Isla Cerritos. A former Chairman of the Archaeology Section of INAH in Yucatán, and member of the National Council of Archaeology in Mexico, he is currently the Director of the Xocnaceh archaeological project and co-Director, with William Ringle and George Bey, of the Bolonchen Region Archaeological Project. As an expert in ancient Maya architecture and settlement patterns studies, particularly on the Puuc Region, the idea to create Kaxil Kiuic grew out his desire to undertake a new way of doing archaeology in Mexico that considers the biological and cultural resources as well as the archaeological remains. Born in Yucatán, Mexico, Tomás was recognized since 2006 as the Millsaps Scholar of Maya Studies. He is the coordinator of the new Millsaps Puuc Archaeological Research Center facilities in Oxkutzcab, Yucatán, México, and the main representative of Kaxil Kiuic in México.

James Callaghan

James Callaghan, founding secretary of the Board of Kaxil Kiuic, A.C. has been Director of the Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve since its inception in the year 2000. James, who has a Master's degree in anthropology, has worked on various archaeological projects in the Maya area, as well as other sites in the United States and Puerto Rico. He has been a resident of México in Mérida since 1970, and was founding director of Mayab University's Institute of Maya Culture and the UADY's (Autonomus University of Yucatan) non-profit organization. He has lectured to community groups and given classes on ancient and modern Maya culture for Study Abroad Programs since 1991. James, whose goal is to put the Reserve on the map internationally as Millsaps College's model for research and education in biological and cultural resources, gets great satisfaction in helping all students to understand and appreciate the wonders of Kaxil Kiuic. The Reserve is uniquely rich in flora, fauna and cultural history. He has been instrumental in attracting important biological research and conservation projects to Kaxil Kiuic. James sees the Reserve as a place to facilitate links between it and educational institutions in Mexico and abroad, as well as the local community. He also sees the Reserve not as an entity unto itself, but part of existing conservation efforts throughout the Yucatán Peninsula, and is currently networking to help protect the region's natural resources.

Dr. John Hayden

John Hayden grew up on a farm in East Putnam, Connecticut where much time was spent growing vegetables and ornamental plants and exploring the nearby woods. He attended the University of Connecticut where he earned a Bachelors degree in 1973 with honors in Biological Science. He then entered the graduate program in Botany at the University of Maryland, earning first a masters degree in 1976 and then a PhD in 1980. After a brief term of employment at the National Science Foundation (DEB, Systematics), he joined the faculty of the Department of Biology, University of Richmond in August 1980. At Richmond, John Hayden has taught courses in general biology, general botany, plant anatomy, plant morphology, plant systematics, and tropical marine biology. While at UR he served as chair of the Department of Biology for 5 years, he held the D.A. Kuyk endowed chair for 12 years and he continues to curate/manage the herbarium and greenhouse. Since 2000, he has participated in Millsaps College's Living in Yucatan course. His research since graduate school has centered on the anatomy, morphology, and systematics of plants in the family Euphorbiaceae. Other research projects pursued at Richmond include several floristic inventories and one current research project is the compilation of an inventory of the vascular plants at the Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve at Rancho Kiuic, Yucatan. He is also studying many species of Euphorbiaceae from the Yucatan peninsula for various ongoing floristic projects.

Dr. William M. Ringle

William Ringle is Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Dept. at Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. He received his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 1985, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the settlement patterns of Komchen, Yucatan, a Formative community north of modern Merida. Since then he has done settlement mapping at El Mirador, Guatemala and between 1984-1999 he co-directed the Ek Balam Project with George Bey. Presently he is co-director of the Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project, with Bey and Tomas Gallareta, where he has primary responsibility for the urban settlement survey of Kiuic and Huntichmul. His other interests include Maya art and epigraphy, and the application of computer methods to archaeology.

Dr. Eric Griffin

Dr. Eric Griffin is Chair of English and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Millsaps College. He is the author of English Renaissance Drama and the Specter of Spain: Ethnopoetics and Empire (2009), an exploration of Anglo-Hispanic literary and cultural relations from the late fifteenth through the early seventeenth centuries. Dr. Griffin's research interests encompass the New World as well as the Old. Among his many publications, a comparative analysis of English and Spanish colonial efforts appeared in Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Invention of the North Atlantic World, Robert Appelbaum and John Wood Sweet eds. (2005). Involved with Millsaps' Living in Yucatán Program since 2003, Dr. Griffin is coordinating director of the college's first Yucatán semester.

Markus Tellkamp

Markus Tellkamp is a broadly trained biologist interested in the natural history of tropical ecosystems and birds in particular. He now is Director for Biological Research and Education at the Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in biology and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. After graduating he worked in Ecuador on a variety of conservation related projects as a field assistant, naturalist guide, and consultant. A growing interest in birds took Dr. Tellkamp back to graduate school to the University of Florida. He first obtained a Masters of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and then a PhD in Zoology. He joined the faculty at Millsaps College in 2007. At Kaxil Kiuic he has developed a course in Field Biology and is conducting research on birds. He is also working with researchers from the Centro de Investigaciones Cientifícas del Yucatán (CICY) and Biocenosis A.C. to study birds and large mammals on the reserve.

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