HABCOM awards

Grants Awarded Under Commission Sponsorship 2017

  • 1703: Enhancing quantitative reconstruction skills in South Asian Palynology and Paleoecology (K.Anupama, T. Rathnasiri Premathilake, S. Prasad)
  • 1702: HoLa - Holocene Global Landuse (Marco Madella)
  • 1606: Ground squirrels on the march: expansion and speciation in the Quaternary of the Circum-Pontic area and surroundings (Lilia Popova & Lutz Christian Maul)
  • 1604: METHOD: Modelling Environmental Dynamics and Hominin Dispersals around the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (Jesús Rodríguez, Ana Mateos, Christine Hertler & Maria Rita Palombo)

Grants Awarded Under Commission Sponsorship 2016

  • 1404: Cultural and palaeoenvironmental changes in Late Glacial to Middle Holocene Europe: gradual or sudden? (Erick Robinson & Felix Riede)
  • 1604: METHOD: Modelling Environmental Dynamics and Hominin Dispersals around the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (Jesús Rodríguez, Ana Mateos, Christine Hertler & Maria Rita palombo)
  • 1605: Mapping pre-Colombian land use in Amazonia (Umberto Lombardo)
  • 1606: Ground squirrels on the march: expansion and speciation in the Quaternary of the Circum-Pontic area and surroundings (Lilia Popova & Lutz Christian Maul)
  • 1502P: Reconstructing hunter-gatherer mobility: building new inter-disciplinary frameworks in the Quaternary. (Birch et al)

Grants Awarded Under Commission Sponsorship 2015

  • 1402: African Large Carnivores: impacts on ecosystems and humans interactions. (Ogeto Mwebi & Jean-Philip Brugal)
  • 1403: Modeling human settlement, fauna and flora dynamics in Europe during the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (1.2 to 0.4 Ma). (Jesús Rodríguez et al.)
  • 1404: Cultural and palaeoenvironmental changes in Late Glacial to Middle Holocene Europe: gradual or sudden? (Erick Robinson & Felix Riede)
  • 1406: Palaeoanthropological Perspectives on Past Vegetation Using Phytoliths at Prehistoric Sites in South India and Sri Lanka. (Kumar Akhilesh et al.)
  • 1501P: Evolution of ground squirrels (Spermophilus) and the Late-Mid Quaternary Environment of the Northern Black Sea Area: ground squirrels on the march (Lilia Popova)
  • 1502P: Reconstructing hunter-gatherer mobility: building new inter-disciplinary frameworks in the Quaternary. (Wragg Sykes et al)
  • 1503S: Quaternary palaeo-environment and Archaeology in Uganda. Enhancing Skills and Local Capacity (Lejju & Kyazike)

Grants Awarded Under Commission Sponsorship 2013-14

  • 1402: African Large Carnivores: impacts on ecosystems and humans interactions. (Ogeto Mwebi & Jean-Philip Brugal)
  • 1403: Modeling human settlement, fauna and flora dynamics in Europe during the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (1.2 to 0.4 Ma). (Jesús Rodríguez et al.)
  • 1404: Cultural and palaeoenvironmental changes in Late Glacial to Middle Holocene Europe: gradual or sudden? (Erick Robinson & Felix Riede)
  • 1405: Obsidian exploitation and provenance studies in Eurasian prehistory: a comparative perspective in diverse palaeoenvironment. (Akira Ono et al.)
  • 1406: Palaeoanthropological Perspectives on Past Vegetation Using Phytoliths at Prehistoric Sites in South India and Sri Lanka. (Kumar Akhilesh et al.)
  • 1407S: Capacity building for young Quaternary scientists of West Africa in Quaternary fluvial sediment analysis and paleo-environmental changes (with TERPRO) (N’dji dit Jacques Dembele et al.)
  • 1205: Context and controls on modern human behaviour in southern Africa: human-environment interactions in the late Pleistocene (PI: Dr Brian Chase, CNRS, Université Montpellier, France. CO-I: Dr Alex Mackay)

Grants Awarded Under Commission Sponsorship 2012-13

A major focus of the meeting was also to consider requests for funding for new INQUA IFGs and projects. I am pleased to report that the Executive approved four HAB COMM projects for funding in 2012.

  • 1205: Context and controls on modern human behaviour in southern Africa: human-environment interactions in the late Pleistocene (PI: Dr Brian Chase, CNRS, Université Montpellier, France. CO-I: Dr Alex Mackay)
  • 1206: Human technological and behavioral adaptation to the Last Glacial Maximum in Northeast Asia (PI: Dr Masami Izuho, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan).
  • 1207: Palaeoenvironment and lithic raw material exploitation in North and East Asia during MIS3 and MIS2 (PI: Prof. Akira Ono, Meiji University, Japan).
  • 1224S: Workshop: Equatorial Eastern Africa Quaternary, Climate Change And Variability (PI: Christine Ogola, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi).

Grants Awarded Under Commission Sponsorship 2007-11

Commission projects had themes that were geographically and temporally wide-ranging, but shared important characteristics: they were concerned with how animals and plants adapted to changing palaeoenvironments, and how humans or human ancestors adapted, dispersed, and settled in new habitats during challenging periods of climatic instability. All projects were multidisciplinary and involved younger researchers and workers from developing countries.

From 2007 to 2011, eleven INQUA grants were awarded to projects proposed through the HaB Commission. The amount awarded was $14,700 (€32,150). Funded projects were:

  • 0701: Understanding human – environment interrelationships in the Great Lakes region of central Africa during the late Quaternary (J. Lejju)
  • 0702: Regional integration of palaeo-environmental reconstruction during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene: determining the role of climate change in patterns of human biogeography in Africa (P. Mapila)
  • 0703: Plio-Pleistocene environments and hominid evolution in India (P. Chauhan)
  • 0807: Palaeoenvironmental changes and human dispersals in North and East Asia during OIS3 and OIS2 (A. Ono)
  • 0813: The integrated cultural-environmental view of long archeostratigraphic records: Intensive field-course to settle new approaches and progress on challenging issues (M.-A. Courty)
  • 0901: Quaternary environments and hominid evolution in India (P. Chauhan)
  • 0902: Chronology and environment of the earliest occupation of northern Europe (K. Macdonald)
  • 0903: Network for establishing a multi-proxy palaeo-botanical expertise in East Africa (M. Umer)
  • 0904: Palaeo-climatic/sea level changes and anthropogenic responses and adaptations during the Quaternary in the West African subregion: evidences from marine and terrestrial sources (M. Akaegbobi)
  • 1002: A Working Group of European Quaternary Malacologists (S. Gulyas and T. Gaudenyi)
  • 1003: On- and off-shore: Eastern Africa during the last 1000 years (A. Muzuka)