Dr. Paul Narguizian

Dr. Narguizian
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Office Location: ASCB 323C
Phone: 323.343.2054 Email: pnargui@calstatela.edu

Dr. Narguizian specializes in evolution education research and development and archaeoentomology, alternating his time between the classroom and the field as a Professor of Biological Sciences and Science Education at California State University, Los Angeles. His research centers on the intersections of science and society, specifically the acceptance and rejection of evolution in the United States and the impact of the conflict between religion, evolution and the nature of science on science and info-literacy. His lab research centers around Arcaeoentomology. Archaeoentomology is the study of insect remains from archaeological sites. These range from reconstructions of natural and anthropogenic contexts to reconstructions of climate. Archaeoentomological reserach depends on anaerobic preservation which is optimal in very dry and very wet environments, and in permafrost (Buckland et al. 2004). Insects are the most abundant animals on Earth and their study involves different categories. Beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) including Chironomidae, and other groups as for example Hemiptera (bugs), Orthoptera (grasshoppers), Siphonaptera (fleas) and Anoplura (lice) are all frequently found in archaeological deposits. As the number of species is immense, study is dependent on the state of taxonomy for each group. For some groups larval and pupal stages have yet to be described and work has therefore concentrated upon the adult stage, particularly of beetles.Insects from archaeological sites are recovered from soil samples retrieved from suitable contexts during the excavation.