She is a palaeoecologist and environmental archaeologist with a broad interest in late Quaternary environmental change. Her specialist expertise lies in the analysis of sub-fossil beetles in a variety of palaeoenvironments. Much of her work has been concerned with human-environment interactions in the early–mid Holocene, and associated long term biodiversity change, late glacial climate change, early Holocene landscape structure in response to natural and human-induced change, and the transition to agriculture in the Neolithic.
Earth Sciences Institute "Jaume Almera" (CSIC-ICTJA), Barcelona, Spain
Dr Encarni Montoya is a Beatriu de Pinos (Marie Curie Cofund Fellow) postdoctoral researcher based at the Earth Sciences Institute "Jaume Almera" (CSIC-ICTJA) in Barcelona, Spain. Previously, she has been a NERC Fellow at the Open University (UK), and worked at The Botanical Institute of Barcelona (CSIC-ICUB) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is a palaeoecologist mainly focused on Late Glacial environmental change in the Neotropics. Her main interests are related to the vegetation shifts produced by climatic changes and human occupation. For this purpose, she mainly uses pollen, microscopic charcoal and non-pollen palynomorphs analyses (complemented with other palaeoecological proxies, biogeography, archaeology and anthropology data among others). Moreover, she is interested in the usefulness of paleoecological data to learn about traditional ecosystem services, and improve conservation strategies, landscape management and projected scenarios for climate change.
Masami Izuho is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Tokyo Metropolitan University. In 2011, he received the Quaternary Research Award of the Japan Association for Quaternary Research. He specializes in the lithic technologies and geoarchaeology of the Upper Paleolithic in Northeast Asia. He has worked in Russia, Mongolia, and Japan and is currently conducting archaeological and geoarchaeological investigations at the Shimaki site in Hokkaido, which is yielding chipped stone technology dating to the Last Glacial Maximum. Masami has also worked on the problem of Quaternary megafaunal extinction in Japan, attempting to understanding human-environment interaction in insular northeast Asia.
Pete Langdon is a Professor of Quaternary Science within Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. He is primarily interested in palaeolimnology, specifically subfossil chironomids (non-biting midges). Beyond this specialism he has wide ranging interests, broadly focused around reconstructing climate change; geoarchaeology; lacustrine biogeochemical cycling; and biodiversity studies. He currently works on a range of research projects including: biogeochemical interactions in Arctic lakes, with foci on the role of methane derived carbon within food-webs, and the impact of landscape change drivers on lake carbon and nitrogen cycling; better understanding of regime shifts (tipping points) in lake ecosystems, and comparing empirical data with modelling theory; and using a range of palaeoenvironmental techniques (insects, biomarkers, aDNA) to understand why and how the building of lake settlement islands (crannogs) fit into Celtic landscapes over the last 3000 years. He is currently working on lake ecosystems in every continent bar Antarctica.
Erick is an archaeologist specializing in geochronology, palaeodemography, lithic technology and subsistence intensification in the western US and Europe. His research focuses on human adaptations to palaeoenvironmental change and the development of socio-economic complexity in hunter-gatherer and early farming societies. He has ongoing field projects in Utah and Wyoming, and is currently conducting comparative research on late Holocene demographic collapses between North and South America.
Dr Keely Mills is a palaeolimnologist based at the British Geological Survey and is a Geographer and Quaternary scientist by training. Her research focuses on environmental and climate change, particularly on understanding the effects of human impacts on freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, using a palaeoecological approach to define baseline conditions. She has a particular interest in understanding how resilient lake ecosystems are to future climate and environmental changes, which is crucial for vulnerable but ecologically important freshwater resources, especially those under increasing pressure from human activity, pollution and modification.