Quaternary palaeoecology: Reconstructing past environments

04.08 - 15.08.2014
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Contact person:
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This intensive two-week course is designed for postgraduate students and young scientists based in Latin-American institutions, undertaking research in palaeoecology, with emphasis on microfossil analysis. It aims to provide (1) an outline of the principles, methods and applications of selected proxies; (2) an overview of methods and software use for data analyses; and (3) an overview of spatial and evolutionary responses of organisms to different Quaternary driving forces, providing insight into general questions of species survival, spread and biodiversity.

The course will be taught over 12 days and introduce the use of multi-proxy analyses for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions as well as current procedures for handling biostratigraphical data. It will consist of lectures and practical classes, including 2 field excursions. The first part of the course will focus on data collection. The second part of the course will consist of data handling. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the different proxies to Quaternary research, as well as on the different forcing factors responsible for change in South America.

The course offers a rich learning experience for attendees, who will have plentiful opportunities to learn and interact with the docents. It provides a unique opportunity to Latin American students and researchers to meet and discuss, and to enhance contacts, exchanging perspectives and increasing interaction among the regional scientific community and with colleagues from overseas.

Workshop leaders

Sonia Fontana, University of Göttingen

Keith Bennett, Queen's University Belfast

To register



Shared accommodation costs covered by PAGES.

Registration deadline: 31st May 2014


Post-meeting material


Poster and presentation abstracts (in Spanish)