Quaternary International May 2019

Special Issue: Climate change and human-environment interaction from Neolithic to historical times

Novenko E (Guest Editor), Tarasov PE (Guest Editor), Shumilovskikh L (Guest Editor)

The idea of the special issue “Climate change and human-environment interaction from Neolithic to historical times” arose from a session bearing the same name, which has been organized by the Commission on Environment Evolution of the International Geographical Union under the framework of the 33rd International Geographical Congress held in Beijing (PR China) in August, 2016. This volume is focused on multi-disciplinary studies of landscape evolution, climate dynamics and human activity in different regions of the world during [...]

2019-07-19T10:43:13-06:00Categories: Publications, Special Issues|Tags: |
Quaternary International May 2019

Heterogeneous vegetation sensitivity at local and regional scales: Implications for pollen-based climate reconstruction

Ding W, Xu W, Fu T, Ma C, Tarasov PE

Vegetation–climate relationships are often different at varying spatial scales, which is seldom taken into account in reconstructing past climate changes from fossil pollen spectra represent more local vegetation composition but using regional or extra-regional modern pollen–climate calibration set. In this paper, we employ 2620 surface pollen spectra and six pollen sequences from continental East Asia to reconstruct Holocene climate with modern analogue technique. A novel data set of vegetation sensitivity index (VSI) is introduced to examine vegetation–climate relationships [...]

2020-08-04T10:43:14-06:00Categories: Publications, Journal Articles|Tags: |
Quaternary International May 2019

Postglacial vegetation and climate history and traces of early human impact and agriculture in the present-day cool mixed forest zone of European Russia

Tarasov PE, Savelieva LA, Long T, Leipe C

This study is based on the reassessment and correlation of five pollen records from the upper Western Dvina River region. For the most complete record (Korovinskoe Mire; 56°16′N, 31°20′E) we constructed a Bayesian age-depth model to provide robust chronological control for the reconstructed changes in the regional environments and to facilitate interregional comparisons. The results show that the Holocene Thermal Maximum in the study region (ca. 8600–6900 cal BP) started and ended some centuries earlier than suggested for the [...]

2020-07-07T11:06:39-06:00Categories: Publications, Journal Articles|Tags: , |

Pavel Tarasov gives public lecture at the Institute of Geochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian Branch)

Pavel Tarasov gave a public lecture within the framework of the BAP at the Institute of Geochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian Branch) in the Akademgorodok of Irkutsk on March 21st, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. The title of his lecture was "Environments during the spread of anatomically modern humans across Asia: What do we know and what would we like to know?" The 60 minute lecture was presented in Russian in the conference hall of the Institute of [...]

2019-05-21T11:55:08-06:00Categories: Media & Public Outreach|Tags: |

Dr. Pavel Tarasov and Dr. Christian Leipe research update from Siberia!

Exciting research update from Dr. Christian Leipe: Pavel and I are back from Siberia. It was a successful and interesting trip even with lots of snow and ice, which I haven’t seen for a long time. We would like to share some photos and information for the next newsletter. Here are the captions for the photos attached. Pavel Tarasov giving a public lecture within the framework of the BAP at the Institute of Geochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences [...]

2019-05-21T11:55:41-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , |
Geography, Environment, Sustainability February 2019

Late glacial and early Holocene environments and human occupation in Brandenburg, eastern Germany

Kobe F, Bittner MK, Leipe C, Hoelzmann P, Long T, Wagner M, Zibulski R, Tarasov PE

The paper reports on the results of the pollen, plant macrofossil and geochemical analyses and the AMS 14C-based chronology of the «Rüdersdorf» outcrop situated east of Berlin in Brandenburg (Germany). The postglacial landscape changed from an open one to generally forested by ca. 14 cal. kyr BP. Woody plants (mainly birch and pine) contributed up to 85% to the pollen assemblages ca. 13.4–12.5 cal. kyr BP. The subsequent Younger Dryas (YD) interval is characterized by a decrease in [...]

2020-06-30T10:59:12-06:00Categories: Publications, Journal Articles|Tags: , , , |

Franziska Kobe’s article published in GES

More great news! The day of Franziska's Master's defense, an article written by Franziska Kobe, Martin K. Bittner, Christian Leipe, Philipp Hoelzmann, Tengwen Long, Mayke Wagner, Romy Zibulski, and Pavel E. Tarasov entitled "Late glacial and early Holocene environments and human occupation in Brandenburg, eastern Germany" appeared online in the open access scientific journal GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. This paper contributes to the project (SSHRC Partnership Grant Number 895-2018-1004) and the profile will be further investigated for better understanding the [...]

2020-06-30T11:18:19-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Mareike Schmidt’s article on Lake Kushu palaeolimnological record published in Palaeo3

Congratulations to Dr. Mareike Schmidt and co-authors for the recent publication of their paper in Palaeo3! Good news below from Dr. Pavel Tarasov about the BHAP Freie Universitaet Berlin Team! The final manuscript describing results of Mareike Schmidt’s PhD Thesis has been published in Palaeo3 by Elsevier. Title: “A multi-proxy palaeolimnological record of the last 16,600 years from coastal Lake Kushu in northern Japan” Abstract: Based on diatom, aquatic pollen and non-pollen palynomorph (NPP), lake sediment microfacies, and X-ray [...]

2020-06-30T11:21:42-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Drs. Pavel Tarasov and Stefanie Müller, co-authors of recent article in Science

Great news from Dr. Pavel Tarasov: Science magazine recently published an article entitled "Past and future global transformation of terrestrial ecosystems under climate change" (Nolan et al., Science 361, 920-923 (2018) 31 August 2018, in which two members of the BHAP team (Stefanie Müller and Pavel Tarasov) representing the FU Berlin contributed as co-authors. Abstract: Impacts of global climate change on terrestrial ecosystems are imperfectly constrained by ecosystem models and direct observations. Pervasive ecosystem transformations occurred in response to [...]

2020-06-30T11:25:26-06:00Categories: News|Tags: |

Dr. Christian Leipe article in QSR

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Leipe for the recent publication of his article in Quaternary Science Reviews! Christian says it is a part of the BAP and he would like to share this wonderful good news with all team members. Title: "Vegetation change and human impacts on Rebun Island (Northwest Pacific) over the last 6000 years." Full reference: Leipe, C., Müller, S., Hille, K., Kato, H., Kobe, F., Schmidt, M., Seyffert, K., Spengler III, R., Wagner, M., Weber, A.W., Tarasov, [...]

2020-06-30T11:29:33-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |