Dr. Benn specializes in environmental analysis (identification of botanical and faunal remains), geomorphology, reconstruction of human ecosystems, and the development of political-economic models for pre-state societies. His research has included creating Woodland period ceramic typologies for most of Iowa and developing landscape models for the Late Wisconsinan and Holocene periods in Iowa.
He is widely published in both regional and national publications. Dr. Benn has made numerous presentations for local organizations and at regional and national conferences. He has 30 years of experience doing surveys, site testing, and full-scale excavations for a variety of public and private agencies. A leading innovator in the application of geomorphological methods to archeological inquiry, Dr. Benn has served as our research coordinator and Vice President since 1992.