Committee Members

Dr Nicki Whitehouse (President)   Email

works at Plymouth University. She is a palaeoecologist and environmental archaeologist with a broad interest in late Quaternary environmental change. Her specialist expertise lies in the analysis of sub-fossil beetles in a variety of palaeoenvironments. Much of her work has been concerned with human-environment interactions in the early–mid Holocene, and associated long term biodiversity change, late glacial climate change, early Holocene landscape structure in response to natural and human-induced change, and the transition to agriculture in the Neolithic.

Dr Masami Izuho (Vice President: Archaeology). Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. Email

Masami Izuho is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Tokyo Metropolitan University. In 2011, he received the Quaternary Research Award of the Japan Association for Quaternary Research. He specializes in the lithic technologies and geoarchaeology of the Upper Paleolithic in Northeast Asia. He has worked in Russia, Mongolia, and Japan and is currently conducting archaeological and geoarchaeological investigations at the Shimaki site in Hokkaido, which is yielding chipped stone technology dating to the Last Glacial Maximum. Masami has also worked on the problem of Quaternary megafaunal extinction in Japan, attempting to understanding human-environment interaction in insular northeast Asia.

Prof Peter Langdon (Vice President: Palaeoecology). Email

Pete Langdon is a Professor of Quaternary Science within Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. He is primarily interested in palaeolimnology, specifically subfossil chironomids (non-biting midges). Beyond this specialism he has wide ranging interests, broadly focused around reconstructing climate change; geoarchaeology; lacustrine biogeochemical cycling; and biodiversity studies. He currently works on a range of research projects including: biogeochemical interactions in Arctic lakes, with foci on the role of methane derived carbon within food-webs, and the impact of landscape change drivers on lake carbon and nitrogen cycling; better understanding of regime shifts (tipping points) in lake ecosystems, and comparing empirical data with modelling theory; and using a range of palaeoenvironmental techniques (insects, biomarkers, aDNA) to understand why and how the building of lake settlement islands (crannogs) fit into Celtic landscapes over the last 3000 years. He is currently working on lake ecosystems in every continent bar Antarctica.

Dr Encarni Montoya (Secretary). Institute of Earth Sciences "Jaume Almera" (CSIC), Spain. Email

Dr Encarni Montoya is a Beatriu de Pinos (Marie Curie Cofund Fellow) postdoctoral researcher based at the Earth Sciences Institute "Jaume Almera" (CSIC-ICTJA) in Barcelona, Spain. Previously, she has been a NERC Fellow at the Open University (UK), and worked at The Botanical Institute of Barcelona (CSIC-ICUB) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is a palaeoecologist mainly focused on Late Glacial environmental change in the Neotropics. Her main interests are related to the vegetation shifts produced by climatic changes and human occupation. For this purpose, she mainly uses pollen, microscopic charcoal and non-pollen palynomorphs analyses (complemented with other palaeoecological proxies, biogeography, archaeology and anthropology data among others). Moreover, she is interested in the usefulness of paleoecological data to learn about traditional ecosystem services, and improve conservation strategies, landscape management and projected scenarios for climate change.

Robyn Inglis (Newsletter Editor). University of York, UK.

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK, soon to take up a Marie Curie Fellowship between York and Macquarie University, Australia. Trained in geoarchaeology at the University of Cambridge and Reading, I utilise geoarchaeological techniques from the site to landscape scale (soil micromorphology, sedimentology, geomorphology) to examine human-environment interactions during the Late Pleistocene, with a particular emphasis on the emergence and global spread of modern humans in presently arid and semi-arid environments. My research focuses mainly on the Middle East and North Africa, and most recently on the relationship between landscape evolution, lithic artefact distribution and hominin behaviour in southwestern Saudi Arabia. I also have strong research interests in reconstructing Quaternary sea level change, and its implications for examining the utilisation of coastlines by humans throughout history.

Jessie Woodbridge (Newsletter Editor). Plymouth University, UK.

Jessie Woodbridge is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the "Changing the face of the Mediterranean" project at Plymouth University (UK) (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences), and previously worked on the Deforesting Europe project also at Plymouth. This research aims to reconstruct changes in European land cover over Holocene timescales using pollen data. Jessie's research background is focused on reconstruction of Holocene palaeoenvironmental change using palaeoecological techniques based on peat and lake-sediment archives. She completed her PhD in 2009 and since this time has been prolific in publishing in various journals, such as Quaternary Science Reviews, Journal of Biogeography, and Journal of Palaeolimnology.

Early Career Research Committee Members

Dr. Erick Robinson (University of Wyoming, USA): Email

Dr Keely Mills (British Geological Survey, UK): Email

Dr Keely Mills is a palaeolimnologist based at the British Geological Survey and is a Geographer and Quaternary scientist by training. Her research focuses on environmental and climate change, particularly on understanding the effects of human impacts on freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, using a palaeoecological approach to define baseline conditions. She has a particular interest in understanding how resilient lake ecosystems are to future climate and environmental changes, which is crucial for vulnerable but ecologically important freshwater resources, especially those under increasing pressure from human activity, pollution and modification.

Advisory Members

Jean-Philip Brugal

Directeur de Recherches: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Simon Haberle

Professor: Australian National University.

Houyuan Lu

professor of Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Kathleen D. Morrison

Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology and a faculty affiliate of the Program on the Global Environment: University of Chicago.

Christine Ogola

Senior Researcher in Archaeology: National Museums of Kenya.

Donatella Magri


Felix Riede

Associate Professor of Archaeology and currently Head of Department at the Dept. of Archaeology, Aarhus University (Denmark).

Marco Madella

ICREA Research Professor of Environmental Archaeology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

Fabienne Marrett

Sallie L Burrough

Trapnell Fellow of African Environments at the University of Oxford in the UK.

Dr. Rathnasiri Premathilake

Palaeoecology and environmental archaeology of tropical environments