Welcome to the

Olo Be Taloha Lab

Welcome to the

Olo Be Taloha Lab

Welcome to the

Olo Be Taloha Lab

Welcome to the

Olo Be Taloha Lab

Welcome to the

Olo Be Taloha Lab

Searching for Answers in Madagascar

Welcome to the Olo Be Taloha Lab. Olo Be Taloha means “Elders of the Past” in Malagasy. Our research investigates human-environment interactions on islands and in coastal regions, with an emphasis on Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean. We integrate archaeological, ethnohistorical, ethnographic, ecological and geospatial methods and theories to address questions about the co-evolution of people, climate, landscapes and seascapes.

Undergirding our research is a commitment to inclusive and co-produced research. This involves developing collaborative relationships with local, descendant and indigenous communities, integrating distinct ways of generating, recording and transmitting knowledge, and confronting the dissonances and inequalities inherent in scientific research that impacts communities with limited or no power in its design, implementation and dissemination. Our team’s collaborative approach was featured on the cover of the October 2018 issue of Nature magazine and in an article on co-produced scientific research.

“Ze tane mahavelo ka tanendraza” 

The land that sustains you is the land of the ancestors.

News and Events

Dr. Douglass to speak at AEA Webinars on September 29th

Dr. Kristina Douglass will be speaking about Equity, Inclusion and Justice in Environmental Archaeology on September 29th at 7pm CET (1pm EST). This talk is part of the AEA Webinar series titled Sustainability in Environmental Archaeology. If you would like to learn...

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“Decision-Making in the Face of Climate Variability”

Tanambelo (Nado) Rasolondrainy, post-doctoral scholar in the OBT Lab, will be speaking at a Brown Bag Session put on by the Penn State African Studies Program on September 30th @12:30pm EST via Zoom. The title of the talk is "Decision-Making in the Face of Climate...

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Interested in joining the Olo Be Taloha Lab? 

The lab is currently accepting applications from undergraduate researchers to grow our team! We are looking for students who are interested in learning about African environmental archaeology. Students must be highly responsible, reliable, motivated, and dedicated to conducting high-quality collaborative work.

Interested in joining the Olo Be Taloha Lab?

The lab is currently accepting applications from undergraduate researchers to grow our team! We are looking for students who are interested in learning about African environmental archaeology. Students must be highly responsible, reliable, motivated, and dedicated to conducting high-quality collaborative work.