I am delighted to report that I have recently been appointed as an Associate Editor for the journal Vegetation History & Archaeobotany (VHA). The journals scope is global and covers Quaternary environmental and climatic change, with a specific focus on the Holocene and pre-historic human impacts on landscapes; often linking palaeoecological and archaeological research. My remit with VHA is to provide expertise on tropical, and in particular South American, studies. Recent articles in VHA with a South American focus include:
- Assessing the influence of glacial-interglacial climate changes on the dry forest vegetation along the southern edge of Amazonia (Whitney et al., 2014),
- The role of fire in modifying Amazonian vegetation (Hermanowski et al., 2015), and
- Modern pollen-vegetation relationships in Brazil and Argentina (Rodrigues et al., 2016).
I hope that over the next few years we can publish some more exciting articles on the tropics in VHA and I would therefore like to encourage you to submit interesting high quality original research, reviews, or short articles for our consideration.
To find out more about the journal and submit an article click here.
Hermanowski, B., Da Costa, M.L. & Behling, H. (2015) Possible linkages of palaeofires in southeast Amazonia to a changing climate since the Last Glacial Maximum. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 24, 279-292. doi:10.1007/s00334-014-0472-0
Rodrigues, J.M., Behling, H. & Giesecke, T. (2016) Differentiating vegetation types from eastern South American ecosystems based on modern and subfossil pollen samples: Evaluating modern analogues. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 25, 387-403. doi:10.1007/s00334-016-0558-y
Whitney, B.S., Mayle, F.E., Burn, M.J., Guillen, R., Chavez, E. & Pennington, R.T. (2014) Sensitivity of Bolivian seasonally-dry tropical forest to precipitation and temperature changes over glacial-interglacial timescales. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 23, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s00334-013-0395-1