Carlos Cordova

 Carlos Cordova


Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-4073

Office:  421 Murray Hall
Phone:  (405) 744-9174  or  (405) 744-6250
Fax:  (405) 744-5620

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Geography The University of Texas


 M.A. Geography Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico



Geography Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico



• Quaternary Paleoecology (pollen and phytoliths)
• Geomorphology and soils
• Geoarchaeology
• Middle East
• Crimea and the Black Sea Region
• Great Plains of North America
• Southern Africa
• Mexico


Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 2011 - Present.

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 2003 - 2011.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1997 - 2003.

Research Consultant, TRC-Mariah Associates
Austin, Texas, 1996 - 1997.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography
University of Texas at Austin, 1992 - 1993.

Lecturer, National School of Anthropology and History
Mexico City, Mexico, 1987 -1991. 



Cordova, C.E., 2016. Crimea and the Black Sea: An Environmental History. London: I.B. Tauris Publishers.

Cordova, C.E. 2007. Millennial landscape in Jordan: Geoarchaeology and cultural ecology. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.


Henry, D.O., Cordova, C.E., Portillo, M., Albert, R.M., DeWitt, R. and Emery-Barbier, A., 2016. Blame it on the goats? Desertification in the Near East during the Holocene. The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683616670470

Cordova, C.E. 2017. Prehispanic and Colonial flood plain destabilization in the Texcoco Region and the Lower Teotihuacan Valley, Mexico. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 62, 74-89.

Henry, D.O., Cordova, C.E., Portillo, M., Albert, R.M., DeWitt, R. and Emery-Barbier, A., 2016. Blame it on the goats? Desertification in the Near East during the Holocene. The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683616670470

Scott, L., Rossouw, L., Cordova, C. and Risberg, J., 2016. Palaeoenvironmental context of coprolites and plant microfossils from Unit II. Azokh 1. In Azokh Cave and the Transcaucasian Corridor (pp. 287-295). Springer International Publishing.

Nowell, A, Walker, C. Cordova, C.E., Ames, C.J.H., Pokines, J.T., Stueber, D., DeWitt, R., and Al-Souliman, A.S.A. 2016. Middle Pleistocene subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residue and other proxies. Journal of Archaeological Science 73, pp.36-44.

Pasturel, M., Alexandre, A., Novello A, Dièye,A.M., Wélé, A., Paradis, L. Cordova, C. and C Hély. C. 2016. Grass physiognomy traits variation in African herbaceous biomes. Biotropica 0(0): 1-10 DOI: 10.1111/btp.12282

Cordova, C.E. and Porter, J.C., 2015. The 1930s Dust Bowl: Geoarchaeological lessons from a 20th century environmental crisis. The Holocene 25: 1707-1720.

Ames, C.J.H, and Cordova, C.E. 2015. Middle and Late Pleistocene landscape evolution at the Druze Marsh Site in northeast Jordan: Implications for population continuity and hominin dispersal. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 30: 307-329

Ames, C.J.H., Nowell, A., Cordova, C.E., Pokines, J.T., and Bisson, M.S. 2014. Paleoenvironmental change and settlement dynamics in the Druze Marsh: Results of recent excavation at an open-air Paleolithic site. Quaternary International 331: 60-73.

Cordova, C.E. 2013. C3 Poaceae and Restionaceae phytoliths as potential proxies for reconstructing winter rainfall in South Africa. Quaternary International 287: 121-180.

Cordova, C.E., Nowell, A., Bisson, M., Ames, C.J.H. Pokines, J., Chang, M., al-Nahar, M. 2013. Interglacial and glacial desert refugia and the Middle Paleolithic of the Azraq Oasis, Jordan. Quaternary International 300: 94-110.

Cordova, C.E., Chase, B.M., Smith, G.F. 2013 Comment on “Burrough, S.E., Breman, E., and Dodd, C., 2012. Can phytoliths provide an insight into past vegetation of the Middle Kalahari paleolakes during the late Quaternary? Journal of Arid Environments 82,156–164”, Journal of Arid Environments 92: 113-116.

Cordova, C.E., Nowell, A., Bisson, M., and Ames, C. Kalchgruber, R., 2011. Geomorphological and soil stratigraphic patterns associated with the Middle Paleolithic on the Madaba Plateau, Jordan: The case of the Ma’in Site Complex. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 41: 5-36.

Cordova, C.E., Gerasimenko, N., and Kliukin, A.A., 2011. Late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoenvironments of Crimea: pollen, soils, geomorphology, and geoarchaeology. In Geology and Geoarchaeology of the Black Sea Region: Beyond the Flood Hypothesis, Buynevich, I, Yanko-Hombach, V., Gilbert, A., and Martin., R.E. (eds.), 133-164, Geological Society of America, Special Paper 473, Boulder, CO; Geological Society of America.

Cordova, C.E., Johnson, W.C., Mandel, R., and Palmer, M., 2011. Opal phytoliths, carbon stable isotopes, and other microfossils from soils and paleosols of the south-central Great Plains, USA. Catena 85: 87-108.

Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J., Cordova.C., Wiles, G., 2010. Late Holocene glacial chronology of College Fjord, South-Central Alaska. Polar Geography 33(3-4):101-114.

Cordova, C.E. and Scott, L. 2010. The potential of Poaceae, Cyperaceae, and Restionaceae phytoliths to reflect past environmental conditions in South Africa. Palaeoecology of Africa 30, 107-133. Volume edited by Jürgen Runge.

Cordova, C.E., 2010. Palynology of anthropicized landscapes in Jordan: a survey of modern and fossil records of Quercus, Pistacia and Olea pollen. In Archaeology of Anthropogenic Environments, Rebecca Dean (ed.), 95-121. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper No. 37. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University.

Cordova, C.E., and Agenbroad, L., 2009, Opal phytoliths from teeth calculus in the mammoths of the Hot Springs Site, South Dakota, Current Research in the Pleistocene 26, 145-147.

Cordova, C.E., S. Harrison, P. Mudie, S. Leroy and N. Ortiz. 2009. Pollen, plant macrofossil and charcoal records for paleovegetation reconstruction in the Mediterranean-Black Sea Corridor since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary International 197, 12-26.

Santos, J. and Cordova, C.E. 2009. Little Ice Age glacial morphology and sedimentology of Portage Glacier, south-central Alaska. Finisterra 87, 95-108.

Cordova, C.E. 2008. Floodplain degradation and settlement history in Wadi al-Wala and Wadi ash-Shallalah, Jordan. Geomorphology 101: 443-457.

Butzer, K.W., J. T. Abbott, C.D. Frederick, P.H. Lehman, C.E. Cordova, and J.F. 2008. Oswald. Soil-geomorphology and ‘wet” cycles in the Holocene record of North-Central Mexico. Geomorphology 101: 237-277.

M. J. Power, J. Marlon, N. Ortiz, P. J. Bartlein, S. P. Harrison, F. E. Mayle, A. Ballouche, R. H. W. Bradshaw, C. Carcaillet, C. Cordova, and others. 2008. Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics 30: 887-907.

Cordova, C.E., and W. Johnson. 2007. Paleobiomes and Paleopastures: A reconstruction of interactions of vegetation, climate, grazing and fire in South-Central North America since the Last Glacial Maximum. Current Research in the Pleistocene 24: 196-198.

Bisson, M., A. Nowell, C.E. Cordova, R. Kalchgruber, and Maysoon Nahar. 2007. Human evolution at the crossroads: An archaeological survey in Northwest Jordan. Near Eastern Archaeology 69 (2): 73-85.

Cordova, C.E. 2007. Holocene Mediterranization of the Southern Crimean vegetation: paleoecological records, regional climate change, and possible non-climatic influences. In The Black Sea Flood Question: Changes in Coastline, Climate, and Human Settlement, V. Yanko-Hombach, A.S. Gilbert, N. Panin, and P.M. Dolukhanov (eds.), 319-344. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Cordova, C.E. and P.H. Lehman. 2005. Holocene environmental change in Southwestern Crimea (Ukraine) in pollen and soil records. The Holocene 15: 263-277.

Cordova C.E., J.C. Porter, K. Lepper, R. Kalchgruber, and G. Scott, 2005. Sand dune morphology and stability along a bioclimatic gradient in north-central and northwestern Oklahoma. Great Plains Research 15 (2): 227-250.

Cordova, C.E., C. Foley, A. Nowell, and M. Bisson. 2005. Landforms, sediments, soil development and prehistoric site settings in the Madaba-Dhiban Plateau, Jordan. Geoarchaeology 20: 29-56.

Cordova, C.E., and P. Lehman. 2003. Archaeopalynology of synanthropic vegetation in the chora of Chersonesos, Crimea, Ukraine. Journal of Archaeological Science 30: 1483-1501.

Henry, D.O., C. Cordova, J. J. White, R. M. Dean, J. E. Beaver, H. Ekstrom, S. Kadowaki, J. McCorriston, A. Nowell, and L. Scott-Cummins. 2003. The Early Neolithic Site of Ayn Abū Nukhayla, Southern Jordan. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 330: 1-30.

Cordova, C.E , A. Rybak and P. Lehman. 2001. Vegetation Patterns and Conservation Issues in Southern Crimea., Post-Soviet Geography and Economics 42(5) 49-72.

Cordova, C.E., 2000. Geomorphological Evidence of Intense Preshistoric Soil Erosion in the Highlands of Central Jordan. Physical Geography 21(6): 538-567.

Cordova, C.E., 1999. Landscape Transformation in the Mediterranean-Steppe Transition Zone of Jordan: A Geoarchaeological Approach. The Arab World Geographer 2 (3): 182-201.

Cordova, C.E. and J. Parsons. 1997. Geoarchaeology of an Aztec Dispersed Village. Geoarchaeology 12 (3): 177-210.

Martin Del Pozzo, A.L. , C.E. Cordova, and J. López. 1997. Volcanic Impact on the Southern basin of Mexico during the Holocene. Quaternary International 43-44 (1):181-190.

Cordova, C.E. , Martin del Pozo, A.L. and López-Camacho, J. 1994. Paleolandforms and Volcanic Impact on the Environment of Prehistoric Cuicuilco, Southern Mexico City. Journal of Archaeological Science 21, 586 – 596.


ASFC Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence.
Oklahoma State University.  2002.

Summer Research Travel Award.
EBR/American Schools of Oriental Research.  1995.

Dissertation Writing Fellowship.
University of Texas at Austin.  1994-1995.

E.D. Farmer Fellowship.
For Doctoral Students doing Research in Latin America.  1993-1994.

DGAPA-UNAM Scholarship for Graduate Studies Abroad.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  1991-1995.

Gabino Barreda Medal.  Undergraduate Award.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  1988.