Exploring the mechanisms by which ancient forests interact with the environment

OCTF seminar followed by drinks – all welcome

In this talk we will discuss how ancient forests in the Canary islands and the Western Ghats responded to past environmental change over thousands of years. We will focus in two main questions: 1) How can paleo-data contribute to knowledge on island conservation; and 2) Which are the ecological implications of historical land-use change in tropical and subtropical forests. These long-term analyses will highlight the importance of land-use legacies as a framework to increase the effectiveness of management.

Sandra Nogué is a lecturer in Palaeosciences at the University of Southampton. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford and at the University of Bergen. She has a keen interest in research at the nexus of palaeoecology and biogeography. Her main research interest is on island ecosystems (including mountain summits) that are known to be exceptional natural laboratories as many islands’ biotas have evolved in the absence of human pressure since several centuries or few millennia ago.