Tag: Humans

Tribute to Daniel Livingstone and Paul Colinvaux

Mark Bush and I are proud to announce that a tribute to Prof. Daniel Livingston and Prof. Paul Colinvaux has recently been published in Quaternary Research. Dan and Paul were both pioneers of tropical pal(a)eoecology and both died in the spring of 2016 ….

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.,…

Volcanic, climatic and human ecosystem modification

My second pair articles from Vegetation History & Archaeobotany that I would like to highlight look at the impacts of volcanoes and climate on vegetation change. Specifically these explore: The impact of past volcanic events on vegetation in Iceland (Eddudóttir et al., 2017).  The effect of climate and fire…

Vegetation History & Archaeobotany

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…

PhD position: When was the South Pacific colonised?

Funded PhD studentship at: Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory Department of Geography & Environment University of Southampton Title: When was the South Pacific colonised? A lake sediment approach to understanding climate:human drivers of ecosystem change on remote Pacific Islands Supervisors: Sandra Nogue, Pete Langdon, David Sear (all…

Recent reading

In the news Ancient ‘massacre’ unearthed near Lake Turkana, Kenya, by Anon. BBC News: Africa Bronze Age houses uncovered in Cambridgeshire are Britain’s ‘Pompeii’ , by Anon. BBC News: Cambridgeshire Scientists weigh in on ‘giraffe relative’ fossil by Helen Briggs. BBC News: Science & Environment…

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