Tag: Humans

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

Recent reading

Bakker, E.S., Gill, J.L., Johnson, C.N., Vera, F.W.M., Sandom, C.J., Asner, G.P. & Svenning, J. (2015) Combining paleo-data and modern exclosure experiments to assess the impact of megafauna extinctions on woody vegetation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502545112 Bakker, E.S., Pagès, J.F., Arthur,…