Research interests

My basic subject is palaeoecology, which I translate mainly as connection between ecology, geology and archaeology on various time scales, with the aim of investigating processes that are beyond direct observation and experimentation. I like studying ecosystem and environment dynamics and succession driven by natural and anthropogenic disturbances (climate, fire and human impact) and linking results with modern processes.

Interglacials


Leaf of Quercus (oak) found in old interglacial varved sediment

The project funded by Carlsberg foundation (2009-2010) aimed to revise the terrestrial interglacial stratigraphy and palaeoenvironments in Denmark as was the topic of my postdoc at Aarhus University.

Human impact and modern vegetation analogues of pre-agricultural period

A topic connecting parts of my Ph.D. We used present vegetation in Southern Siberia as a modern analogue to interpret ecosystems of the last glacial in Central Europe. The analogue hypothesis is based on biogeographical and climatological links. We studied modern pollen spectra related to present vegetation, which we correlated with fossil pollen using several numerical techniques.