Category: Crystal McMichael

Columbus’ footprint in Hispaniola

Open access for 50 days with this link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1X6ja7tFrJFBkG Castilla-Beltrán, A., Hooghiemstra, H., Hoogland, M.L.P., Pagán-Jiménez, J., van Geel, B., Field, M.H., Prins, M., Donders, T., Malatesta, E.H., Hung, J.U., McMichael, C.H., Gosling, W.D. & Hofman, C.L. Columbus’ footprint in Hispaniola: a paleoenvironmental record of…

Off to the tropics!!

On Jan 1, 2018 I (Crystal McMichael) get to ring in the New Year in the best way possible by heading off to the tropics to do fieldwork! And this time I get to take two students with me. Britte Heijink and Veerle Vink…

Job: Post-doctoral researcher in Palaeoecology

Job: Post-doctoral researcher in Neotropical Palaeoecology Location: Institute for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam Duration: 3 years Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018 We are seeking to recruit a Neotropical palaeoecologist to join the recently funded “The past peoples of Amazonia: Assessing…

Environments Through Time – week 1

The first, ever, week of the Environments Through Time course at the University of Amsterdam has just finished. The course sits within the MSc Biological Sciences (Ecology & Evolution) and MSc Earth Sciences (Geo-ecosystem Dynamics) but is also avaliable to other masters students. In…

Exploring the Llanos de Moxos, Bolivia

By Crystal McMichael The Llanos de Moxos in Bolivia is an area the size of England that has one of the highest densities of archaeological sites in the Amazon basin. I travelled there for the first time earlier this month for the fourth International…

More on “Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition”

Discussion on human impacts on Amazonian forest… McMichael, C.H., Feeley, K.J., Dick, C.W., Piperno, D.R. & Bush, M.B. (2017) Comment on “Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition”. Science 358. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8347 Junqueira, A.B., Levis, C., Bongers, F., Peña-Claros, M., Clement, C.R.,…

Mauritius on fire: Tracking historical human impacts on biodiversity loss

Gosling, W.D., de Kruif, J.*, Norder, S.J., de Boer, E.J., Hooghiemstra, H., Rijsdijk, K.F. & McMichael, C.N.H. (2017) Mauritius on fire: Tracking historical human impacts on biodiversity loss. Biotropica. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12490 * This paper evolved from the BSc Future Planet Studies thesis of Jona…

A fortnight of palaeoecology at the University of Amsterdam!

by Crystal McMichael Wimbledon tennis fortnight is on its way, but we’ve had our own palaeoecology fortnight here at the Institute for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam. We’ve seen seminars on reconstructing past landscapes and climates on timescales of decades…

Holocene variability of an Amazonian hyperdominant

Bush, M.B. & McMichael, C.N.H. (2016) Holocene variability of an Amazonian hyperdominant. Journal of Ecology online. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12600

Phytolith Assemblages Along a Gradient of Ancient Human Disturbance in Western Amazonia

Online, open access: McMichael, C., Piperno, D., Neves, E., Bush, M., Almeida, F. & Mongelo, G. (2015) Phytolith assemblages along a gradient of ancient human disturbance in western Amazonia. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00141

Palaeoecology at UvA and Twente 2015: Teaching and Learning

By Crystal McMichael The month-long palaeoecology module at UvA is coming to an end. We have had two weeks of lectures and microscope work, an introduction to quantitative palaeoecology, and we just finished a week of fieldwork in Twente, which is in the easternmost…