Principal Investigator: Arnošt L. Šizling
Project Administrators: Hana Matysková & Darja Zoubková
Arnošt L. Šizling
Arnošt is trained as physicist and macroecologist, with malacological field experiences ; author of several published macroecological ideas and models; Marie Curie fellow with the University of Sheffield, UK (two years); invited associate professor with Sun-Yat Sen University, China (half a year). A.L.S. has capacity to coordinate the consortium, participate in macroecological analyses and syntheses, fieldwork and contribute to macroecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Petr is educated palynologist, a leading Czech researcher in the field of Holocene vegetation history and general palaeoecology. He has field experience from Europe and Africa, and he has personally contributed to the pollen databases with a number of profiles that will be used in our project. P.P. has capacity to supervise the palynological works, collect, digitalize and date Czech palynological samples, participate in the fieldwork and contribute to palaeoecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Lucie trained as malacologist, she is experienced in mollusc ecology. Currently she is becoming a leading researcher in Czech palaeomalacology. L.J. has capacity to supervise works with palaeomalacological and control malacological samples, participate in fieldwork and contribute to palaeoecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Karolína is graduated archaeologist and anthropologist, a promising Czech researcher in archaeology of landscape. Part of her studies she spent in the UK (Durham University and University College London). She co-directed East Devon Pebblebeds Project (2008-2013) investigating the archaeological and historic landscapes of East Devon (head director Prof. Christopher Tilley, UCL). She is skilled in work with archaeological databases, which was also part of her dissertation “Body – walking – landscape: Prehistoric agricultural cultures in the flatlands of Czechia” and she has field experience from the Czech Republic and England. K.P. has capacity to supervise the archaeological works, gather and handle archaeological data, perform their interpretation and categorisation in the sense of the project objectives, and to contribute to archaeological synthesis and dissemination.
Sabine is trained environmental archaeologist and botanist, a European leading researcher in the field of economic and ecological changes during the Holocene period and subsistence strategies of ancient societies. She has field experience from more than 30 archaeological sites in Europe and the Near East dated from the Stone Age to the Renaissance period. She has participated in a number of interdisciplinary projects. During her employment as a curator at the National Museum of Denmark she designed and maintained a database for palaeoecological data in Southern Scandinavia. She has published important papers on distribution maps of cultivated plants in ancient times from this region. With her solid education and long-term experience in archaeology and palaeoecology she will contribute to the project by combining proxies from both subjects, and thereby help to disentangle human from climatological impact in the studied landscapes. S.K. has capacity to gather and handle archaeological data, perform their interpretation and categorisation in the sense of the project objectives; coordinate the Czech and Norwegian archaeological works, and contribute to archaeological synthesis and dissemination.
Eva is trained as data expert and computer based modeller, she used to work for commertial companies, co-author of several macroecological papers, invited researcher with the University of Sheffield, UK (two years), malacological field experience (hired by CTS, Charles University, trained by L. Juøièková.). E.S. has capacity to develop computer based tools for macroecological analyses, handle and clean databases, perform the analyses, run web pages, work in the field and contribute to macroecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Adéla is trained archaeobotanist, experienced in the field of synanthropic vegetation development in Central Europe. She has field experience from Europe and Africa, and owns a large database of wild and cultural plants found as macrofossils at archaeological layers in the territory of the Czech Republic. A.P. has capacity to bring information extracted from macrofossils database, perform botanical fieldworks and contribute to palaeoecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Jitka is trained malacologist who is experienced in molluscan ecology, botany and paleomalacology. She owns a large database of Holocene molluscs of Czech and Slovak Republics; she is after parental leave. J.H. has capacity to process palaeomalacological samples, work in field and contribute to palaeoecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Magda is trained malacologist with field experience from Europe and Asia, she is after parental leave. M.D. has capacity to process malacological control samples, work in field and contribute to palaeoecological synthesis and result dissemination.
Vojtěch is trained as palynologist and botanist, he stayed for 6 months with Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute für Pflazenwissenschaften, Universität Göttingen, Germany; Administrator of Czech Quaternary Pollen Database – PALYCZ; experienced in quantitative interpretation of pollen analysis, depth-age modelling, and GIS techniques. V.A. has capacity to gather the palynological data, arrange necessary dating of the palaeobotanical and palaeomalacological samples and contribute to palaeoecological synthesis and results dissemination.
Kathleen M.C. Tjørve
Kathy is educated as a biologist and is a freelance, project-based researcher currently affiliated to Lillehammer University College. Kathy’s research interests have covered a broad range of topics but she has mainly focused on ecology, including macroecology, biogeography and phenology, in addition to animal physiology, animal behavior and human physiology (in particular health-and-sports science). Presently, her main research focus is on the analysis of macroecological patterns as part of the project “Human, Agricultural, and Climatic Impact on Ecological Rules: macroecological analysis of paleobiological datasets” (a Project under the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme, an EEA-grant programme), in collaboration with Charles University, Prague and the University of Bergen, Norway. Its aim is to reveal links between ecological rules at large spatial scales, climate, and human activities such as agriculture, trade, and massive deforestations. The approach is based on the assumption that present day macroecological patterns do not reflect ecological processes alone, but also differences in histories (read: human activity) between study sites.
Even is educated as a biologist, and a professor at Lillehammer University College. Even’s research covers a broad range of topics, but his main focus the last decade has been within biogeography and macroecology, or more specifically the study of species diversity in space and time. This interest springs from a deep concern for the future biodiversity on Earth and the belief studies of species-extinction and abundance-decline are amongst the most pressing within the science today. One particular focus has been the species-area relationships (SARs), as descriptors of patterns of species diversity in space and time and as a basis for modelling diversity by combining SARs from several types of areas (habitats, ecosystems, or islands). Presently he is engaged in the project “Human, Agricultural, and Climatic Impact on Ecological Rules: macroecological analysis of paleobiological datasets” (headed by Arnost Šizling) in collaboration with universities in the Czech Republic and in Norway. In addition, he is part an international group of researchers (headed by Kenneth Rijsdijk in Amsterdam) studying the patterns and effects of Holocene sea-level changes on island geography and biodiversity. He also collaborates with other biogeographers and macroecologists, as well as ornithologists and physiologists, and with tourism- and travel researchers.
Kari Loe Hjelle
Kari is trained palynologist including topics in archaeology, she has the capacity to head the Bergen partner team and collect and supervise collection of palynological data. She will also contribute to palaeoecological synthesis, and results dissemination.
Trond Klungseth Lødøen
As a trained archaeologist Trond has the capacity to collect and supervise collection of archaeological data, as well as to contribute to archeological synthesis, and results dissemination.
is trained ecologist and macroecologistand has capacity to contribute to macroecological analyses and syntheses as well as to the results dissemination.
Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide
Archaeologist, specialist in the Middle ages as well as Merovingian and Viking periods. Her work is often interdisciplinary, collaborating with natural scientists as well as humanities. She is the author of monographs and articles on subjects like the Christianization process, urbanisation, archbishop’s residences, medieval towns – in particular Trondheim, and has produced databases and performed analyses of artefacts and complex stratigraphy. She currently holds the position as Head of department of Cultural History, University Museum, University of Bergen.
Ingvild Kristine Mehl
Palynologist from the University of Bergen