Candace Gossen

Candace Gossen
Research Scholar
Ecological Design, Anthropology
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THE MISSION: Interdisciplinary Design and Healing of Living Systems based upon patterns of the past, informed by experimentation of the present to find solutions for the future. Understanding humanity’s place in nature is the constant reinvention.

MY research interests ARE DIVERSE with a common thread of healing, adaptation and sustainability whether it be human created or nature inspired. Examples of my Professional interests include:  Architectural solutions to deforestation and climate change. Community and Sacred Space; Ecological Design and Environmental Sustainability;  Design/Build and teaching in remote and marginalized locations;  Global Expeditions & Field Schools as community service projects; N. Am. Prehistory and the MoundBuilders; Ancient Desert SW Cultures & Archaeo-astronomy; Islands, volcanoes, crater lakes and peat bogs; The Amber Road - amber trade as medicine; Forest restoration and indigenous plant medicine; Underwater Archaeology - Ancient settlements and global warming;  Tattooed mummies; Ancient 5Element Medicine theory in Mind-Body-Nature healing; Ancient Cultures, Adaptation & Innovation; Documentaries & Storytelling.

CURRENT: My research is interdisciplinary. In 2020 I completed the NCCAOM certification in Acupuncture and am Licensed in Colorado, Oregon and Arizona. During the last 3 years in practice I have organized community research projects on the San Fu Treatment, a practice thousands of years old to treat winter diseases in the middle of summer, which boost immunity using topical herbs on acupuncture points. The results showed greater than 50% improvement in Upper Respiratory diseases like asthma, with this treatment. I particularly like working with women and children and hope to bring this medicine to tribal nations, border and refugee situations, and into trauma medicine.

  • M.S. Acupuncture Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Denver, Colorado
Clinical-Research Coordinator of San Fu Project Summer 2018 & 2019

  • Ph.D. Environmental Science/Archaeology, Portland State University, Oregon Dissertation: Deforestation, Drought and Humans: New Discoveries of the Late Quaternary Paleoenvironment of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) published August 2011
  • Post-GRAD: Cultural Anthropology, Methods and Theory, Portland State University, Oregon
  • M.S. Building Design/Solar, Arizona State University, Tempe Thesis: Passive Solar & Thermal Mass in the Ancient Buildings of the Anasazi and Pueblo People 
  • Bach. of Architecture (5yr Prof degree)/Anthropology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Current Projects: An Illustrated Plant Medicine Book Ancient Plants of Rapa Nui based on the last 15,000 years of natural history uncovered in the fossil pollen. It is my promise to help the people of Rapa Nui grow their native medicine and food plants once again and help them replant the forests.

Continuing the on-going research of a 5,000 year timeline between punctuated climate shifts (drought and floods) and cosmic events (comets and supernova) and their reflection in culture adaptation.

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