A new open-access journal on Quaternary science

Valentí Rull has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the new open-access journal called Quaternary published by MDPI publishers based on Basel (Switzerland). MDPI publishes ca. 180 open-access journals, a number of which are listed in the WOS Journal Citation Reports with relatively high impact indices, notably Genes (3.600), Nutrients (3.550), Marine Drugs (3.503), Viruses (3.465), Polymers (3.364), Molecular Sciences (3.226), Remote Sensing (3.244), Catalysts (3.082) or Toxins (3.030), among others.

Quaternary (ISSN 1324) is an international peer-reviewed open-access journal that covers all aspects of Quaternary Science, embracing the whole range of scientific fields related to geological, geographical, biological, physical, chemical, environmental and human sciences. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, communications, technical notes and essays. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and authors are encouraged to publish their results in as much detail as possible. Topics will include, among others, geology, physical geography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, biogeography, evolution, archaeology, palaeoanthopology, methods, applications, “Anthropocene” issues and palaeoinsights.

At present, Quaternary is defining the detailed aims and scope, developing the journal’s website and preparing the launching strategy. Simultaneously, it is assembling a first-class editorial team formed by a body of Associate Editors and an Editorial Advisory Board including top researchers in their respective areas. To date (24 July 2017), the following scholars have accepted to be appointed as members of this editorial organization:

Associate Editors – Mariano Barriendos (Spain), Peter Bobrowsky (Canada), Sanne Boessenkool (Norway), Jane Bunting (UK), John Clague (Canada), Steve Forman (USA), Sandy Harrison (UK), Philip Hughes (USA), Claudio Latorre (Chile), Socorro Lozano (Mexico), Marco Madella (Spain), Laura Parducci (Sweden), Dolores Piperno (USA), Mª Fernanda Sánchez-Goñi (France), Jean-Pierre Suc (France), Rafaelle Sardella (Italia) and Charles Turner (UK).

Editorial Advisory Board – Anthony Barnosky (USA), Svante Björck (Sweden), Anne Bjune (Norway), Maarten Blaauw (Netherlands), Raymond Bradley (USA), Mark Bush (USA), Erle Ellis (USA), Sherilyn Fritz (USA), Bas van Geel (Netherlands), Eric Grimm (USA), Martin Head (Canada), Henry Hooghiemstra (Netherlands), José Iriarte (UK), Peter Kershaw (Australia), Henry Lamb (UK), Kam-biu Liu (USA), David Lowe (New Zealand), Donatella Magri (Italia), Robert Marchant (UK), Vera Markgraf (USA), Leszeck Marks (Poland), Francis Mayle (UK), Anders Noren (USA), Gavin Prideaux (Australia), Paula Reimer (UK), Hans Renssen (Norway), Neil Roberts (UK), Richard Roberts (Australia), Donald Rodbell (USA), Ashok Singhvi (India), Nathan Stansell (USA), John Stewart (UK), Jens-Christian Svenning (Denmark), Cathy Whitlock (USA) and Kathy Willis (UK).

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Welcome to the new islanders!

We are delighted to welcome the two new members who will be soon incorporated to our research group. Erik de Boer is a Dutch palynologist who obtained his PhD in the Univesity of Amsterdam working on the paleoecology of the Mauritius Island (Indian Ocean). Recently, Erik obtained a two-year Juan de la Cierva postoc contract to be incorporated to our group, where he will work on the palynology and paleoecology of the Azores Islands (North Atlantic). His incorporation is projected by Spetember this year. Núria Cañellas Boltà obtained her PhD in the University of Barcelona working on the palynology and paleoecology of Easter Island (South Pacific). She has recently been selected for a position of laboratory technician and she will be in charge of our Laboratory of Paleoecology (PALAB) at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC). Núria was already part of our goup in the past and now is working as a postdoc researcher at the University of Barcelona. We hope that she will start with us again by early 2018.


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Job offer in Paleoecology

The Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (ICTJA), of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), is looking for candidates for Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships to develop research projects in paleoecology using pollen analysis. Candidates should have experience in Quaternary palynology, as demonstrated in their publication records, and fulfil the requirements of the program. Please read carefully these requirements before submitting your candidature or asking for more information.

Current research topics to be addressed this time include Last Glacial to Holocene paleoecology of the southern Pyrenees, Easter Island and the Azores Islands. The research is focused on the natural and anthropogenic drivers of past ecological change and the shaping of present-day vegetation and landscape patterns. Projects will be developed in the Laboratory of Paleoecology of the ICTJA (Barcelona, Spain) leaded by Dr. Valentí Rull.

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New Springer book on neotropical diversification

The book proposal on neotropical diversification edited by V. Rull and A. Carnaval has been approved by Springer. The book will gather as many geographical settings, organism groups (including some rarely addressed in this context) and points of view as possible. More than 40 contributions have been confirmed. Now we are assembling the final table of contents, which will be uploaded soon to the publications section.

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Próxima presentación de libro de divulgación sobre Isla de Pascua

ei-bookEl libro de divulgación titulado: ‘La Isla de Pascua. Una visión científica‘ (Editorial CSIC-La Catarata), escrito por el Dr. Valentí Rull, investigador del Institut de Ciències de la Terra Jaume Almera (CSIC), será presentado el martes 18 de Abril, a las 18:00, en la Residencia de Investigadores del CSIC (Calle Hospital 64, 08001 Barcelona). La presentación correrá a cargo del Dr. Joandomènec Ros, presidente del Institut d’Estudis Catalans, el Dr. Francesc Amorós, profesor de historia de la Universitat de Barcelona, y el autor del libro.

Resumen editorial. La diminuta isla de Pascua es el lugar habitado más remoto del mundo y la sede de uno de los mayores enigmas históricos. Su aislamiento geográfico es extraordinario, a más de 2.000 kilómetros del punto habitado más cercano, lo que le ha permitido tener una historia ambiental y cultural muy peculiar y todavía bastante desconocida. Sus misterios han cautivado a científicos y exploradores; sus imponentes estatuas megalíticas o moai suponen el enigma más debatido. ¿Cómo es posible que una civilización neolítica con poco desarrollo tecnológico hubiese podido erigir esculturas de hasta 20 metros de altura y 250 toneladas de peso? ¿Quiénes eran esos pobladores? ¿De dónde venían? ¿Cuándo llegaron y por qué desaparecieron de la isla? Sin duda, no es menos sorprendente el descubrimiento de que la isla, actualmente tapizada por praderas de gramíneas, habías estado cubierta de bosques de palmeras que desaparecieron súbitamente, lo que produjo un cambio radical en la historia ecológica y cultural de la isla. ¿Fueron los habitantes de Rapa Nui los que causaron la deforestación o fueron cambios climáticos?. Valentí Rull analiza lo que se sabe de la misteriosa isla de Pascua, siempre desde una visión científica, alejada de mitos y especulaciones, exponiendo cómo se ha ido produciendo y acumulando el conocimiento sobre su historia climática, ecológica y cultural, gracias a disciplinas como la paleoecología o la arqueología.


Rull, V. 2016. La Isla de Pacua. Una Visión Científica. Editorial CSIC-La Catarata, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-00-10150-3

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Postgraduate course on Paleoecology

The next edition of the CSIC postgraduate course on Paleoecology is coming!


The course will be held at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC) between May and June 2017 and is intended for graduate students of a variety of fields including biology, geology, geography, history, anthropology, environmental sciences, climatology, conservation and similar disciplines. Teachers are recognized scholars from a variety of paleoecological, paleoclimatic and related disciplines. The course is focused on the Quaternary and consists of theoretical and practical sessions, as well as featured talks by experts in some fields that are not covered by the program, such as documentary archives, sedimentary DNA, phylogeography, speleothems or dendroecology, among others.

  • Click here for more detailed information and contact
  • Download the flyer of the 2017 edition
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Book on the biodiversity of the “Lost World”

northern-saThe famous novel of Arthur Conan Doyle entitled “The Lost World” was inspired by the remote, enigmatic and still pristine flat summits of the neotropical table mountains known as the Guayana Highlands (GH), whose unique, diverse and largely endemic biota has warranted the definition of a peculiar biogeographical province of the Neotropical realm called Pantepui. Click here to see a video on the GH.

roraima-2A couple of weeks ago, Elsevier Academic Press, one of the most renowned scientific editorials, contacted me to write a book on biodiversity and I suggested to focus on the origin and conservation of the unique Pantepui biodiversity. Elsevier found the idea fascinating and now we are in the process of assembling a book proposal to be submitted for approval.

The book will be a compendium of scientific papers on the current GH biodiversity patterns, their origin, maintenance and conservation, from a biogeographical, ecological and evolutionary perspective. I managed to assemble an editorial team conformed by Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia, Otto Huber, Celsa Señaris and myself, to cover a wide range of fields such as biogeography, botany, zoology, conservation, ecology, paleoecology and evolution. We estimate to have a final proposal in a month or so.

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