Category: Reading

The impact of people on islands

Since being appointed as an Associate Editor of Vegetation History & Archaeobotany last year I have the pleasure of working on a number of exciting and interesting manuscripts from the tropics. I am particularly delighted that the first of these (Astudillo, 2018) has now…

Evidence of early cultivation around the globe

Two recent articles published in the journal Vegetation History & Archaeobotany, which caught my attention as an Associate Editor, explore early cultivation in Argentina and Czech Republic: Lopez (2017) examine macro-botanical remains from 16 archaeological sites in Argentina and concludes that the transition from foraging…

Fields and feasts

Two articles recently published on-line in the journal Vegetation History & Archaebotany (of which I am an Associate Editor) recently caught my attention.These explore: agricultural practices of people living in the Netherlands c. 3000-2000 years ago  (Arnoldussen & van der Linden, 2017), and what…

Pollen diagrams in colour!

I discovered what I think is the first colour pollen diagram this week. Published in 1948 and still looks beautiful. Selling, O.H. (1948) On the late Quaternary history of the Hawaiian vegetation. PhD thesis, University of Stockholm, Honolulu, Hawaii. Images of the copy held…

Records of past animals and human ecosystem manipulation

Having recently become an Associate Editor for Vegetation History & Archaeobotany I have decided that I will try and highlight a couple  papers from the journal each months which have caught my attention. My first selections are: A study which demonstrated the close relationship…

Recent reading

Kissling, W.D., Blach-Overgaard, A., Zwaan, R.E. & Wagner, P. (2016) Historical colonization and dispersal limitation supplement climate and topography in shaping species richness of African lizards (Reptilia: Agaminae). Scientific Reports 6, 34014. DOI: 10.1038/srep34014 Lutz, H.L., Weckstein, J.D., Patane, J.S.L., Bates, J.M. & Aleixo,…

Recent reading

Hall, S.A. (2010) Early maize pollen from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA. Palynology 34, 125-137. DOI: 10.1080/01916121003675746 Janzen, D.H. (1967) Why mountain passes are higher in the tropics. The American Naturalist 101, 233-249. DOI: 10.1086/282487 Tovar, C., Arnillas, C.A., Cuesta, F. & Buytaert, W….