Detecting, Describing and Disentangling Pre-Industrial Climate and Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Detecting, Describing and Disentangling Pre-Industrial Climate and Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

There is an exciting opportunity to join a COST-sponsored training school, ‘Detecting, describing and disentangling pre-industrial climate and human impacts on marine ecosystems’, jointly sponsored by the MAF-WORLD action and Q-MARE. This will take place at the MareMundi Station, Plakias in Crete, Greece from 2-6 Sept 2024

There is limited travel funding available for members of the COST Action, see the website and Guidelines to confirm eligibility and instructions for joining. Please distribute this call to the relevant people in your network. 

Dates: 2-6 September 2024

Overall goal: The study of pre-industrial climate and human impacts on marine ecosystems has thus far been fragmentary. Previous attempts were spatially limited, and have yet to be transferred to a scale that is greater than regional or even to different parts of the world. The main problem is the apparent incompatibility of the data deriving from vastly different approaches (often just qualitative) that range from History and Archaeology to Ecology and Geology. The aim of this workshop is to provide clear guidelines on how to combine such diverse data, in a way that can be useful as inputs for ecosystem models. In order to achieve these objectives, our objectives are to: a) gather specialists in historical, archaeological, geological, paleontological, genetic, geochemical and ecological methods and exchange training specifically focused on the assumptions, advantages and limitations of each method; b) chart the complementarity of the methods and compatibility of the data derived from them; and c) draft a methodological paper on how to combine these methods to disentangle climate and preindustrial human impacts on marine ecosystems.

Application deadline: 31 March 2024.

Travel grants: Provided by the MAF-WORLD COST Action. Grants are available to applicants who are affiliated to research organizations within the EU and associated countries of the MAF COST. Funds are available to cover round trip travel and/or per-diem cost for a limited number of participants who wish to attend the workshop in person. Applicants wishing to apply for travel funds should:

Notification of acceptance: Successful applicants will be notified by email by the end of April 2024. 

Confirmed speakers/trainers
Konstantina Agiadi, University of Vienna, Austria (field of expertise: Geology, Paleontology)
Bryony Caswell, University of Hull, UK (Paleontology)
Felicitas Ten Brink, University of Hull, UK, ECR (Q-MARE data steward)
Katerina Douka, University of Vienna, Austria (Radiocarbon dating, Paleoproteomics)
Jessica Lueders-Dumont, Princeton University, USA, ECR (Oceanography, Biogeochemistry)
Martina Holzknecht, Plakias diving school, Greece, ECR (Marine Conservation)
Ruth Thurstan, University of Exeter, UK (Historical Ecology)
Tatiana Theodoropoulou, CNRS Nice, France (Zooarchaeology)
Marta Coll, ICM-CSIC, Spain (Ecology, Modelling)
Maria Bas, ICM-CSIC, Spain, ECR (Ecology)
Aaron O’Dea, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (Paleobiology)