Svenja studied Physical Geography (M.Sc.) at University of Cologne and her Master’s thesis was about the depositional history of sediments within Mochena Borago Rockshelter that is affiliated in project A1. She is employed as research assistant in Project A1 since July 2014.
Before I started my PhD, I did my bachelor in Geography and the master study course “Quaternary Science & Geoarchaeology”, both at the University of Cologne. I already wrote my bachelor-thesis in the C1-project and during my master, I changed to the A1-project. My master-thesis was about first micromorphological investigations at Sodmein Cave in Egypt.
I studied Prehistory at the University of Ferrara (Italy). Since that time I’ve been mainly interested in lithic technology and in the adaptive behaviors of Paleolithic human groups. In my master thesis I analyzed, by means of a 3D geometric morphometric approach, a specific component of stone artifacts from the Lower Paleolithic site of Pirro Nord (S-Italy).
Melanie Bartz is a PhD student in the C2 project “Early Holocene Contacts between Africa and Europe and their Palaeoenvironmental Context” of the CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe” of the University of Cologne, at the Institute of Geography. The prehistoric site of Ifri n’Ammar, a rock shelter dated back to Middle and Late Palaeolithic times and characterised by periodic settling, reveals human activity since 170 ka.
During the Aurignacian (35,000 – 30,000 BP) Homo sapiens arrived for the first time in the Rhineland and recolonized the region after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in the Magdalenian (20,000 – 14,000 BP). The D1 Project is part of the “Collaborative Research Centre 806 (CRC 806) – Our Way To Europe – Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary“ and focuses on reconstructing environmental conditions during the last glacial cycle (40,000 – 14,000 BP) in connection with archaeological research on migration processes of Homo sapiens in Western and Central Europe.
Current ecological understanding has recognised that ecosystems are subject to ongoing processes of changing climate, disturbances, and many landscapes have been shaped by humans for millennia. Because the fossil data are able to record multiple generations of a species through time, they can be used as a surrogate for measurement of biotic responses to environmental and disturbance scenarios occurring at different temporal scales (10 to 103 years).
Juan I. Santisteban (Santi) is Lecturer at the Department of Stratigraphy of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Rosa Mediavilla is researcher at the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME). Both are sedimentologists and stratigraphers specialized in terrestrial deposits (fluvial and lacustrine) and interested in the integration of multiproxy data in the interpretation of terrestrial basins.
Ine Léonard and Hannah Parrow-Souchon are PhD students in Project B1 “The Eastern Trajectory: Last Glacial Paleogeography and Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the Balkan Peninsula” of the CRC 806 at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Cologne.
To western researchers, the structure of the grasslands ecosystem on the Northwestern Plains of North America is determined primarily by climate as modified locally by topography, drainage, and sediments. The seasonal availability of the different grasses determines the migratory behaviour of bison which, in turn, influences the movement of human populations. Bison ecology and behaviour also determine the patterns of human aggregation and dispersal. Long-term climatic fluctuations, as measured by effective moisture and temperature, influence the net primary productivity of the short grass plains and, by extension, the size of the bison population.
Igor Obreht is a PhD candidate in Project B1 The „Eastern Trajectory”: Last Glacial Palaeogeography and Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the Balkan Peninsula of the CRC 806 of the University of Cologne. He studied Geography and Geoecology at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and in his presentation he will introduce his research approach and research area.