Albert E. Fulton

Albert E. Fulton.

Albert E. Fulton

Albert E. Fulton

Research Topics

Current projects include (1) pollen-based reconstruction of late Pleistocene-early Holocene vegetation change in northern lower Michigan, (2) development of sediment magnetic chronologies as proxies of Late Quaternary paleoclimate change in the lower Great Lakes and Northeast, (3) predictive modeling of early historic vegetation in the forest tension zone of Michigan, and (4) multi-proxy analysis of the Hypsithermal-Neoglacial transition (6000 - 3500 BP) in New York and its relationship to Late Archaic cultural dynamics.


My research interests are focused on reconstructing Late Quaternary paleoecological and paleoclimatic conditions in northeastern North America using proxies derived from lake, wetland, floodplain, and archaeological sediments (e.g., pollen, plant macrofossils, charcoal, environmental magnetism). I am particularly interested in understanding compositional responses of the region's vegetation communities to past anthropogenic and climatic modulators. 


  • PhD, Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University, 2019

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses

  • APY 108 | Introduction to Archaeology

Graduate Courses

  • APY 587 | Topics: Native Americans and Late Quaternary Paleoenvironments of Eastern North America

Selected Publications

  • Fulton, A.E. II, Yansa, C.H., and C. Lane. 2023. A 4400-year-long record of coupled paleoclimate-anthropogenic modulation of vegetation, fire, and landscape stability from a kettle peatland, western New York, USA. The Holocene. Accepted with moderate revisions.
  • Fulton, A.E. II and C.H. Yansa. 2021. Onset of the Paleoanthropocene in the lower Great Lakes region of North America: An archaeological and paleoecological synthesis. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI:
  • Fulton, A.E. II and C.H. Yansa, 2020. Characterization of recent centuries of Native American vegetation disturbance in the forests of central New York State, USA. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 29: 259–275. DOI: