About HCL

The Human Complexity Lab explores the social and environmental dynamics of farming and foraging societies, past and present, with an emphasis on:

  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Coupled human-natural systems
  • Shared resources & local governance

To engage these topics, we apply a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods:

  • Ethnographic and ecological fieldwork (Belize)
  • Landscape ecology & drone-based multi-spectral remote sensing
  • Computational, agent-based, and statistical modeling
  • Social network analysis
  • Experimental games
  • Bayesian statistics


We are recruiting postdocs to work on a recently funded project. Please see the advertisement for more details.

The HC Lab is currently recruiting PhD students interested in developing a dissertation project on aspects of the topics above. Follow this link for more information about applying to the anthropology department at Ohio State.