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Mandy Munro-Stasiuk

Professor and Chair

I am a geomorphologist and applied remote sensing researcher.  Most of my work has been on ancient and contemporary glacial landscapes in Canada, the USA and Iceland, and in particular subglacial meltwater processes.  I study these landscapes through their geomorphology and sedimentology, and I use satellite imagery and ground penetrating radar as my tools.  More recently, using the same methods and tools, I have started research in Yucatan, Mexico, on karst sinkholes and their use by the ancient Maya.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Recent Selected Publications

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Manahan, T.K. Stockton, T.  and Ardren, T. (2014) Spatial and Physical Characteristics of Rejolladas in Northern Yucatán, Mexico:  Implications for Ancient Maya Agriculture and Settlement Patterns, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 29, 156-172. doi 10.1002/gea.21468. 

  • Manahan, T.K., Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., and Cervantes, A.(2013) Evaluando la identificación por radar de penetración terrestre (GPR) de rasgos arquitectónicos y arqueológicos en un ambiente karst: un estudio del caso de Xuenkal, Yucatán.  XXII Encuentro Internacional  “Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya”.  8p.

  • Munro-Stasiuk M.J., Heyman J., and Harbor J. (2013) Erosional Features. In: John F. Shroder (ed.) Treatise on  Geomorphology, Volume 8, 83-99. San Diego: Academic Press.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Sheridan, S.C., and Manahan, T.K. (2011) Rejolladas (dry sinkholes) as micro-climatological niches in Yucatán, Mexico.  Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, 34, 48-57.

  • Saha, K., Wells, N. and Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., (2011) An object-oriented approach to automated landform mapping: a case study of drumlins. Computers and Geoscience. 37, 1324–1336.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., and Manahan, T.K., (2010) Investigating Ancient Maya Agricultural Adaptation through Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Analysis of Karst Terrain, Northern Yucatán, Mexico. Acta Carsologica, 39, 85-97.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Russell, A.J., and Korte, D. (2009) Subsurface configuration of jökulhlaup-induced hydrofractures and water-escape structures derived from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Skeidarársandur, Iceland.  Glaciogenic reservoirs and hydrocarbon systems, Geological Society London, 4p.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., and Manahan, T.K., (2009) Ground penetrating radar (GPR) analysis of karst environments near the ancient Maya center of Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico.  Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, 32, 352-361.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Shaw, J., Sjogren, D.B., Brennand, T., Fisher, T., Sharpe, D., Kor, P., Beaney, C., Rains, R.B. (2009) A review of the morphology and sedimentology of landforms created by subglacial megafloods. In Megaflooding on Earth and Mars (Eds. Burr, D., Baker, V., and Carling P.) Cambridge University Press. p. 78-103.


Recent Selected Presentations

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Manahan, T.K., Balzotti, C., Terry, R., Ogata, N., Hutson, S. (2014) Recent investigation of collapse sinkholes (rejolladas) as loci of cacao production in the northern Maya lowlands. Conference on Latin American Geography, Panama City, Panama 

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Manahan, T.K., and Hutson, S. (2013) Rejolladas como lugares de cultivación intensivo: recientes investigaciones en el norte y oriente de Yucatán. XXIII Encuentro Internacional  “Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya”, Campeche, Mexico.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Manahan, T.K., Salustro, D. and Coakley, C., (2013) Evaluating Ground Penetrating Radar Identification of Architectural and Archaeological Features in a Karst Environment: A Case Study from Xuenkal, Yucatan. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.

  • Manahan, T.K., Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Salustro, D. and Coakley, C., (2013) Evaluating Ground Penetrating Radar Identification of Architectural and Archaeological Features in a Karst Environment:  A Case Study from Xuenkal, Yucatan. Society of American Archaeologists Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Manahan, T.K., Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., and Cervantes, L.A., (2012) Evaluando la identificación por radar de penetración terrestre (GPR) de rasgos arquitectónicos y arqueológicos en un ambiente karst: un estudio del caso de Xuenkal, Yucatán.  XXII Encuentro Internacional  “Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya”, Campeche, Mexico.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Manahan, T.K. , and Koby, P. (2012) The spatial distribution of anthropogenic features around rejolladas (dry sinkholes) at the ancient Maya site of Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico.  Association of American Geographers, 2012, New York.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Manahan, T.K. , and Koby, P. (2012) The spatial organization of the ancient Maya site of Xuenkal in relation to rejolladas (dry sinkholes), Yucatan, Mexico. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Sheridan, S.C., and Manahan, T.K. (2011) The micro-climatology of rejolladas (dry sinkholes) in Yucatán, Mexico and the relevance to the Ancient Maya.  International Congress on Biometeorology, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Sheridan, S.C., and Manahan, T.K. (2011) Microclimatology of Rejolladas in Northern Yucatán, Mexico.  East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Youngstown, Ohio.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Sheridan, S.C., and Manahan, T.K. (2011) Rejolladas (dry sinkholes) as micro-climatological niches in Yucatán, Mexico.   Applied Geography Conference, Redlands, California

  • Stockton, T., Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Saha, K., and Manahan, T.K. (2011) Quantifying Paste Variability in Late and Terminal Classic Slateware Pottery.  Society of American Archaeologists, 2011 Annual Meeting, Sacramento.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M. J., Manahan, T.K., and Stockton, T. (2011) Spatial and Physical Characteristics of Rejolladas in Northern Yucatán, Mexico.  Association of American Geographers, 2011 Annual Meeting, Seattle.

  • Korte, D. and Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., (2010) Using Landsat data to track milpa cycles, Yucatan Mexico. Applied Geography Conference

  • Stockton, T., Munro-Stasiuk, M.J. and Manahan, T.K. (2010) The View from Xuenkal: Geoecological and Social Determinants of Settlement Location at an Ancient Maya Center. Society of American Archaeologists Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Russell, A.J., and Korte, D. (2009) Subsurface configuration of jökulhlaup-induced hydrofractures and water-escape structures derived from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Skeidarársandur, Iceland. Glaciogenic Reservoirs and Hydrocarbon Systems, Geological Society, London, England.Russell, A.J., Large, A.R.G. and Munro-Stasiuk, M.J. (2009) Controls on the Sedimentary Architecture and Heterogeneity of a Large-Scale Glacial Outwash System: Skeiðarársandur, Iceland. Glaciogenic Reservoirs and Hydrocarbon Systems, Geological Society, London, England.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., and Manahan, T.K., (2009) Ground penetrating radar (GPR) analysis of karst environments near the ancient Maya center of Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico.  Applied Geography Conference, Baton Rouge.

  • Saha, K., and Munro-Stasiuk, M.J. (2009) Object-oriented image analysis of the Chautauqua Drumlin Field. 7th International Drumlin Symposium, Westport, Ireland.

  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Russell, A.J., and Arnold, B. (2009) A subglacial/subtill origin of the Súla hydrofracture ridges on Skeidarársandur, Iceland. 7th International Drumlin Symposium, Westport, Ireland.

Research Areas
  • Glacial and Karst Environments
  • Terrestrial Remote Sensing
  • Geoarchaeology
Affiliations

Association of American Geographers

Geological Society of America

American Geophysical Union

International Association of Hydrological Sciences

Mandy Munro-Stasiuk
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Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
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