The INQUA Executive Committee is the Union’s presiding body, consisting of the President, Immediate Past President, four Vice Presidents, Secretary General, and Treasurer. The Executive Committee serves for a period of four years, from the close of one Congress to the close of the next Congress.
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USAallan.firstname.lastname@example.org +1 701-231-7919 Read Bio
Allan Ashworth is a researcher and a teacher in paleoecology at North Dakota State University who specializes in insects and their response to climate change. He was educated at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he was a student of Quaternary researchers Russell Coope and Fred Shotton. He has worked on Quaternary projects in several countries. Currently, he is studying full-glacial insect assemblages from the Lake Region of Southern Chile and from the Olympic Peninsula, U.S.A.
Additionally, he works on Miocene-aged fossiliferous deposits in Antarctica where modern organisms evolved adaptations to cold earlier than they did in the northern hemisphere. He is also collaborating with a large group of scientists from around the world to develop the Neotoma Paleoecology Database. His research is featured in the film ‘Ice People’, the NOVA documentary ‘Secrets Beneath The Ice’ and in Science magazine. Fossil discoveries made in Antarctica are featured in articles in National Geographic and in the world press, and are recognized in the New Zealand Geographic Board citation for the Ashworth Glacier.
He has previously served as the Chair of the USNC INQUA and as a Vice-President of INQUA from 2007-2011.
INQUA Secretary General
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, Université De Montpellier, Bat.22, CC061, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 MontpellierBrian.Chase@umontpellier.fr +33 4 67 14 49 03 Read Bio
Brian Chase is a Director of Research with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque (CNRS) with training and interests in palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology and archaeology. Working primarily in southern Africa, he is engaged in the development and evaluation of new palaeoenvironmental archives and proxies in arid to sub-humid environments and the study of low latitude climate change.
Having previously been involved in the study and dating of the region’s extensive dune fields, he now works on developing proxies and obtaining records from fossilised rock hyrax middens. Using stable isotopes, fossil pollen and charcoal, and through the development of pdf-based botanical-climatological transfer functions, and comparisons with general circulation model simulations, Brian is working to reconstruct detailed synoptic scale patterns of past climate change and ascertain their impact on vegetation dynamics and human activity and evolution.
Brian is founder and steering committee director of the AFQUA (African Quaternary: Environments, Ecology and Humans), a steering committee member of the Southern Deserts research group, and the co-leader of Past Global Changes (PAGES) Africa2K Working Group. He is also a Immediate Past President of Southern African Society for Quaternary Research (SASQUA), and has been a member of the South African National Committee for INQUA and Vice President and an Advisory Board member for the INQUA Humans and Biosphere Commission (HABCOM).
Brian is also a member of the INQUA Paleoclimate Commission (PALCOM) and the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project III (PMIP3) Working Group, and serves on the Editorial Board of Quaternary International.
TNO - Geological Survey Of The Netherlands, Princetonlaan 6, P.O. Box 80015, NL-3508 TA, Utrecht, The Netherlandsfreek.email@example.com +31 6 27022430 Read Bio
Freek Busschers is a scientist and project manager at the Department of Geomodelling at TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Freek ’s research mainly focusses on the development of the southern North Sea Basin during the Quaternary. Looking for fossils as a young boy during holidays in France initiated his interest in the prehistory from a very early age. Freek finished his PhD on the Middle and Late Pleistocene development of the Rhine-Meuse system at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2008 and worked at TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands ever since. He currently works on the reconstruction and dating of the now buried southern North Sea Basin paleo landscapes by using the Survey’s extensive borehole and sediment provenance databases and by applying a range of dating techniques such as luminescence dating and biostratigraphy. Freek is an active INQUA member and regards the organisation essential for connecting different Quaternary groups and disciplines all over the world. He was secretary of INQUA-SACCOM since the Nagoya congress in 2015.
INQUA Vice President
Thijs Van Kolfschoten
Leiden University, Rapenburg 70, 2311 EZ Leiden, The Netherlandst.firstname.lastname@example.org Read Bio
Thijs van Kolfschoten studied Geology and Biology and obtained his PhD in Palaeontology at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). After a research position at the Institute of Palaeontology, University of Bonn (Germany) he moved to Leiden University (The Netherlands) where he is working as Professor in Palaeozoology and Quaternary Biostratigraphy at the Faculty of Archaeology.
His main fields of interest are Quaternary mammals, biostratigraphy, palaeoecology and taphonomy. His palaeontological research focuses on continental deposits with an age that ranges from the Early Pleistocene until the early Holocene. A major research project is the study of the mammalian vertebrate fossils from a sequence exposed at Schöningen (Germany); a sequence that plays an important role in the debate on the late Middle Pleistocene climatic and faunal history. The Palaeolithic sites of Schöningen yielded a large amount of mammalian remains with features that indicate exploitation by Lower Palaeolithic hominins. The study of these features is also part of the current research project.
During the past decade, changes in Late Pleistocene and early Holocene ecosystems in Europe north of the Alps have been investigated in close collaboration with Russian colleagues; past projects are: The evolution of the mammalian fauna and flora in Western, Central and Eastern Europe during the Pleistocene – Holocene transition (25 - 10 kyr B.P.) combining well-dated flora and fauna data and The Collapse of the Mammoth Steppe ecosystem (COMSEC) investigating the disintegration of the Mammoth Steppe ecosystem at the level of faunal assemblages as well as at species level. Currently, studies on the Late Pleistocene faunal evolution focus on eastern Siberia.
Thijs was President of the INQUA Subcommission (now Section) on European Stratigraphy (SEQS) from 1995 to 2003, and he was President of INQUA Netherlands from 1999 to 2008 when he was the national Delegate representative at the INQUA International Council meetings in Durham (1999), Reno (2003) and Cairns (2007). He has been regional Editor (Europe) of Quaternary International from 2003 to 2015. In addition, he has been a member of SACCOM from 2003 to present, and Secretary of SACCOM from 2011 to 2015. He was member of the steering-committee of APEX (Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes), which forms an umbrella programme for European Arctic palaeoclimate research. He was secretary of the IUGS Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, member of the scientific advisory board of Senckenberg Research Institute (Frankfurt, Germany) and the Centre of Archaeological Sciences (Leuven, Belgium).
Currently, Thijs van Kolfschoten is the director of a well-equipped laboratory for palaeozoological and archaeozoological studies at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and head of the Bioarchaeology Research Group.
INQUA Vice President
Venezuelan Foundation Of Seismological Research, Caracas, Miranda, Venezuelafaudemard@funvisis.gob.ve Read Bio
INQUA Vice President
Chinese Academy Of Sciences (IGG-CAS), 9 Beitucheng W Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, email@example.com Read Bio
INQUA Vice President
Government Of India, Ahmedabad, India2aksprl11@gmail.com Read Bio
Ashok Kumar Singhvi is currently working as a Honorary Professor and J.C. Bose National Fellow at the Physical Research Laboratory (Department of Space, Govt. of India), Ahmedabad, India. A physicist by training, he has close to four decades of experience in Quaternary Geochronology and Paleoclimatology. He is known for his fundamental work on luminescence dating of Desert Sands and has provided event chronologies for most deserts of the world. He suggested that different deserts responded differently and episodically, to same climate forcing. This implied the need for changes in conventional concepts. He has also worked on global dust sequences and demonstrated their episodic accretion to suggest fundamental difficulties in their correlation with marine and ice core records. He developed luminescence dating of pedogenic carbonates, fulgurites, carbonate, gypsum and volcanic ashes and has contributed extensively to the methodological development of this technique. He has contributed over 170 papers in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and edited about 16 special issues of journals.
Singhvi has worked on the executive committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programs's - PAGES (Past Global Changes) core project; Science Program Committee of the UN- International Year of Earth and was the co-leader of two International Geological Correlation Programs IGCP-349 on Desert Margins and Paleomonsoons and IGC-413 on Past and Future Evolution of Deserts. He is on the Editorial Boards of Quaternary Research (Associate Editor), Quaternary Science Reviews, J. Quaternary Science, The Holocene, Ancient TL, J. Earth Environment Mediterranean Archeology and Archeometry, Episodes and is a Member of the Senior Adv. Panel of Springer Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science.
Singhvi is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, The Third World Academy of Sciences and is a Life time Honorary Fellow of the Geological Societies of London and India. He was the Chair Indian Committee for IUGS and INQUA and Chairs, Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences' funding committees for Geosciences and for Paleoclimates. Singhvi has been a recipient of several recognitions'/awards, including the Geological Society of America's Farouk El Baz Award for Desert Sciences.
INQUA Past President
Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africamavery@iziko.org.za Read Bio
Margaret Avery is a palaeoecologist with an archaeological background whose long-time interest is exploring the multi-facetted information potential of micromammalian prey of barn owls. Arising from this has been the main thrust of her research, contributing to our knowledge of the environmental background to human biological and technological evolution. To this end she has worked on material from all of the important archaeological sites in South Africa as well as early hominid sites such as Sterkfontein and Swartkrans, and sites in Zambia. Another aspect has been applying information to global change studies and the assessment of human impact on the environment. Complementary studies of modern material, besides being important in their own right, help inform taphonomic analyses of fossil samples.
Margaret is a Fellow and Vice President of the Royal Society of South Africa, and a Past President of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research. She serves on the ICSU South African National Board and ex officio on the South African National Committee for INQUA. She was also Secretary-General of the XV INQUA International Congress held in Durban in 1999. She has been Editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin and Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa.