2nd Human Traces workshop

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Nathalie Dubois
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The 2nd Human Traces workshop will be held online from 22-23 September 2021.


An interdisciplinary view of Human Traces

22 September - 13:00-15:30 UTC

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13:00-13:10 Welcome by John Boyle

13:10-13:35  Humans on Planet Earth - Long-term impacts on biosphere dynamics (HOPE) Prof. John Birks (University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway)

13:35-14:25  An overview of the PAGES LandCover6k Holocene LULCC (land-use/land-cover change) datasets for climate modelling, Land-cover: Prof. Marie-José Gaillard (LandCover6k WG, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden), Land-use: Dr. Chad Hill (LanCover6k WG, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

14:25-14:50  Terrestrial vs. lacustrine records of Holocene woody cover change in human occupied landscapes in sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Kendra Chritz (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

14:50-15:15  Human or Climate? Key challenges and opportunities for paleoenvironmental reconstructions across biomes, Dr. Daniele Colombaroli (DiverseK WG, Royal Holloway University of London, London, UK)

15:15-15:30 Synthesis

23 September - 20:00-22:30 UTC

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20:00-20:10 Welcome by Emilie Saulnier-Talbot

20:10-20:35  Unlocking the power of ancient environmental DNA to investigate human traces, Dr. Marie-Eve Monchamp (PaleoEcoGen WG, McGill University, Montréal, Canada)

20:35-21:00  Anthropogenic impact on subarctic forests in Nain region, Nunatsiavut, Canada, Dr. Natasha Roy (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

21:00-21:25  Holocene socio-environmental dynamics in drylands of southernmost South America, Dr. Maria Eugenia de Porras (Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales, Mendoza, Argentina)

21:25-21:50  OSL dating of rock surfaces: Direct dating of lithic surface artifacts using luminescence, Dr. Luke Gliganic (Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong, Australia)

21:50-22:15  Ancient history from lead pollution in Arctic ice, Prof. Joe McConnell (Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada, USA)

22:15-22:30 Synthesis


The deadline for registration is 17 September 2021.

Registration by mail to Nathalie Dubois: (Please remember to indicate which days you would like to attend).

About the working group

The PAGES Human Traces working group, which launched in January 2021, focuses on the long legacy of pre-Anthropocene human impacts. How do they manifest themselves in different parts of the world, and in different stratigraphic records?

Human Traces aims to address the knowledge gap about spatial and temporal variations in early human impacts, with the overarching goal to create a global synthesis of human traces in geologic archives.

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Further information

Questions about the working group or the workshop can be emailed to the group's leaders.