About INQUA Early Career Researchers

The Early Career Research (ECR) Committee has been established by INQUA in 2012 and exists to both foster the involvement of young scientists in INQUA activities and to improve networking and information exchange between early career researchers, INQUA and its Commissions. To this end, five Commissions: Coastal and marine processes (CMP), Palaeoclimate (PALCOMM), Humans and Biosphere (HABCOM), Stratigraphy and Chronology (SACCOM), Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History (TERPRO): was established following INQUA.


  • To increase the dissemination of information between INQUA, its Commissions and its young members through both ECR networks and social media.
  • Reciprocally to represent the views and increase the flow of information from the ECR community to the INQUA Executive Committee
  • To support early-career Quaternary scientists from developing countries and engage them in INQUA activities
  • To more generally promote innovative research, scientific leadership, and community outreach among INQUA ECRs


The ECR Committee consists of a Chair and two representatives of each INQUA Commission. The current composition of the ECR Committee(2015-2019) is:

ECR Representatives

Lyudmila "Lucy" Shumilovskikh (Chair)


Country: Germany

Address: Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany (researcher); Laboratory of Biogeochemical and Remote Techniques of Environmental Monitoring

Tomsk State University, Russia (guest scientist)

Email: shumilovskikh@gmail.com

I am palaeoecologist, working with pollen, botanical macroremains, dinoflagellate cysts and fungal spores in marine and terrestrial sediments. I finished my PhD in 2013 in University of Göttingen (Germany) on vegetation, environmental and climatic reconstructions of the Black Sea region during the last 135 ka and now I have a post-doc position in Aix-en-Provence (France), working on paleoenvironment of Sassanian frontiers in northern Iran and Georgia. My study areas are located over Eurasia with main focus on the region of Black Sea-Anatolia-Caucasus-Caspian Sea. My special interest is non-pollen palynomorphs (NPP) and their indicative values for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. I am ECR representative of PALCOMM since 2012 and Editor of the INQUA newsletter Quaternary Perspectives since 2014.

Alistair Seddon


Country: Norway

Address: Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway

Email: Alistair.Seddon@bio.uib.no

Twitter (@alistairseddon)

Web: http://www.uib.no/en/persons/Alistair.Seddon

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway. I am currently developing a new method which uses pollen grain 'sun-tans' (measured using the chemistry of the pollen grains) to reconstruct changes in incoming UV-irradiance over the Holocene. I am also interested in using statistical techniques to understand drivers of rapid change from palaeoecological records, and have been slowly figuring out how to apply these techniques (mainly using R) to palaeo-datasets from the Galapagos Islands, Europe, Australia and North America. I am an Editorial Board Member of Biology Letters, and coordinated the Palaeo50 workshop with Anson Mackay and Ambroise Baker to identify 50 priority research questions for palaeoecology. In my spare time I like climbing, skiing, and DJing at my friends' weddings. Follow me on Twitter here (@alistairseddon).

Daniel Harris

INQUA Commission: CMP

Country: Germany

Address: Center for Marine Environmental Science (MARUM)

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)

Bremen University, Germany

Email: dharris@marum.de

Twitter (@Dan_coastal)

Web: https://www.marum.de/Daniel_Harris

I am a coastal geomorphologist who focuses on the morphodynamics of coastal and coral reef systems, or more specifically, the nature of change in coastal geomorphology and the processes responsible for driving such change. The ultimate aim of my research is to produce holistic models of coastal response to changing environmental conditions in order to better inform management and planning of coastal systems and communities.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Sea Level and Coastal Changes Group. Before coming to Bremen, I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney (2013) in Coral Reef Morphodynamics, and was a Lecturer in Marine Science for the University of Sydney. I grew up on the New South Wales coast of Australia, I am an ex-life saver, a surfer, and I have a personal and professional passion for beaches, reefs, surf, and the ocean.

Alastair Clement

INQUA Commission: CMP

Country: New Zealand

Address: Physical Geography Group, Institute of Agriculture and Environment

Massey University, New Zealand

Email: A.Clement@massey.ac.nz

Web: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey

I am a coastal geomorphologist with a broad interest in the morphodynamics of coastal environments and Quaternary environmental change. My research focuses on understanding the geomorphic evolution of coastal environments such as estuaries and incised-valleys, coastal plains, and dunefields in response to fluctuations in relative sea-level, changing climatic conditions, and the impact of tectonics. In order to reconstruct how coastal environments have evolved during the late Quaternary I utilise a range of coring techniques to ‘unlock’ sediment archives, and geophysical techniques such as chirp sonar and ground-penetrating radar to ‘image’ the sub-surface. This data is bought together in a GIS to produce 2D and 3D maps and models of the evolution of coastal environments. A major thread of my research is reconstructing how relative sea-level has changed around the New Zealand coast during the Holocene. This research seeks to unravel the multitude of complex processes that complicate our current understanding of Holocene relative sea-level changes around the New Zealand coast, and provides invaluable context to our understanding of how New Zealand’s coastal environments have evolved during the late Quaternary. I gained my PhD in 2011 from Massey University, where I currently work as a Lecturer in Physical Geography.

Keely Mills

INQUA Commission: HABCOM

Country: UK

Address: Climate and Landscape Change, British Geological Survey

Twitter (@KeelyMills)

Email: kmil@bgs.ac.uk

I am a physical geographer and Quaternary Scientist by training, but I have a particular love for lakes, mud and fossilised algae! As a palaeolimnologist and freshwater scientist, I have a keen interest in understanding how aquatic ecosystems have responded to long-term environmental changes (usually Holocene, but sometimes into the Pleistocene). I use diatom records to understand the impact of natural variations (e.g. climate-mediated effective moisture and sea level change) and anthropogenic impacts (e.g. pollution, catchment disturbance, vegetation clearance) on water quality and quantity. I have worked on systems in Norway, Australia, Uganda, the USA and UK. I apply my research, not only to tackle important science questions, but also to understand how the confounding drivers of climate change (past and future) and anthropogenic impact affects the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems, and what this may tell us about their future functioning and resilience.

Erick Robinson

INQUA Commission: HABCOM

Country: USA

Address: Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Twitter (@ericknrobinson)

Email: Erick.Robinson@uwyo.edu

I am an archaeologist specialized in using the radiocarbon record and stone tools to understand the variability of human adaptations to climate and environmental change. My temporal focus is the terminal Pleistocene and Holocene, and my regional foci are Europe and North America. I am currently co-leader of the HABCOM project 1404p: Cultural and palaeoenvironmental changes in Late Glacial to Middle Holocene Europe — gradual or sudden? (http://www.inqua.org/habcom/projects/1404.html). This project integrates archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data across the continent in order to develop a multi-modeling framework for investigating variable human-ecosystem feedbacks between different regions and periods of time. My day-job is on the development of a database housing every archaeological radiocarbon date from the US, and the corresponding advancement of methodologies for using radiocarbon dates to infer changes in the sizes of prehistoric populations. Together, these projects help us understand the different mechanisms that regulated human population growth rates and cultural change in the terminal Pleistocene and Holocene.

Katrin Lasberg

INQUA Commission: SACCOM

Country: Estonia

Address: Radiocarbon laboratory, Department of Geology, University of Tartu


Email: katrin.lasberg@gmail.com

I am working as a researcher and also acting as a Head of radiocarbon laboratory in the University of Tartu. The overriding interests of my research involve different dating methods (C-14, OSL, Be-10), chronology, Pleistocene glaciations and sedimentology. I defended my PhD in the year 2014 and it focused on developing the chronology of Weichselian glaciation and deglaciation of Scandinavian Ice Sheet using different data sources and dates. During my PhD work I have participated in several fieldworks in the Baltics States, Russia and Germany. I am really keen on mountains and glaciers and this reflects on my research interests as well. My goal is to find new challenges in the Quaternary research field and widen my ‘store of knowledge’. Outside work activities, I really love travelling, in spare time my hobbies are dancing and hiking and I am also very fond of photography.

Andrew Lorrey

INQUA Commission: SACCOM

Country: New Zealand

Address: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

Email: Andrew.Lorrey@niwa.co.nz

Andrew (Drew) Lorrey is climate scientist based in Auckland, New Zealand (7 years post PhD award from University of Auckland in Environmental Science and Geography). Much of Drew’s involvement in INQUA has previously been through PALCOMM. He is co-lead of the the Southern Hemisphere Assessment of PalaeoEnvironments (SHAPE) project, and was previously a coordinator for NZ-INTIMATE. Drew’s Quaternary research focuses on multi proxy and modelling approaches to understand the role of atmospheric circulation on climate variability and change. He actively works on and curates the NIWA ancient kauri (Agathis australis) archive, which contains tree ring samples dated to the LGM and back to the last interglacial epoch. The kauri chronologies Drew has built using ancient kauri have direct application to improving the global radiocarbon calibration curve. His work on kauri stable isotope geochemistry indicates these records will eventually be suitable for palaeoclimate reconstruction for OIS5 - OIS2. Drew leads a project that monitors current Southern Alps glacier activity, and he uses cosmogenic dating approaches and hydroclimatic proxies to improve long-term understanding of glacier behaviour.

Balazs Bradak-Hayashi

INQUA Commission: SACCOM

Address: Kobe University, Japan (postdoctoral fellow);

Loess and Quaternary Research Group at the Geographical Institute,

Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences,

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Email: bradak.b@gmail.com

As an Earth scientist, who is interested in Pleistocene, I focus on various fields of Quaternary research such as paleomagnetic studies (magnetic fabric investigations, magnetostratigraphy), paleopedology/micromorphology and geoarchaeology. Based on my experiences with a variety of Quaternary sediments and phenomena, I also have been searching for analogues between the landscape evolution of the Earth, Mars and other planetary bodies. The ultimate goal of my investigations is the detailed paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the given study area. In the upcoming years, my research target will be the Early Middle Pleistocene Transition and its appearance in terrestrial sediment sequences, especially concerning loess and paleosol series.

Eduardo Alarcon

INQUA Commission: TERPRO

Country: Venezuela

Address: Department of Geology, School of Engineering.

Central University of Venezuela

Email: edualarcong@gmail.com; eduardo.alarcon@ucv.ve

Twitter (@edualarcon)

Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eduardo_Alarcon5

I’m a geological engineer from Central University of Venezuela. I started to work on geomorphology and active tectonics in humid tropical foothills and terrains of Venezuela. My current work focuses on geomorphology and geopedology of erosional surfaces, and its relationship with uplift and exhumation at the north part of the Andes Mountains. Also, I worked in geological risk of natural hazards, tectonic geomorphology and hydrogeology. Outside of work, my two hobbies are landscape photography (some of them are award winners) and, of course, hiking.

Nadine Hoffmann

INQUA Commission: TERPRO

Country: Israel

Address: Marine Geoarcheology and Micropaleontology Laboratory,

Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences. Haifa University, Israel

Email: na-hoffmann@web.de

I am a Geoscientist from Haifa University, Israel. Already as a kid I collected pebbles and rocks whenever I could find a nice piece. This passion for rocks and environment related topics accompanied my professional life from thereon. I love working interdisciplinary cause I truly believe that integrating different methods and people with varying backgrounds takes research on a different level. My own path led me from a degree in economic geography over a PhD focusing on neotectonics and tectonic geomorphology within a project in Macedonia and Albania towards Palaeotsunami research. Right now I am working on a project on the Israeli coast helping to reconstruct the Tsunami history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Besides that I am pretty much of an outdoor person, which comes in pretty handy as Israel seems to be pretty much of an outdoor country, too. That gives me the chance to spend most of my free time on my mountainbike or hiking and exploring the amazing landscapes here.