The making of the European landscape: people and pollen in the past
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

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The Faculty of Science and Engineering is delighted to invite you to this inaugural professorial lecture, presented by Professor Ralph Fyfe from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The landscapes we inhabit today have been greatly transformed over millennia of human actions. 

Understanding the processes, timing and scale of change caused by society has long been of interest to a wide variety of researchers, from archaeologists to conservation ecologists, and increasingly climate scientists who seek to explain the role of land cover change in global climate. Pollen records from lakes and bogs underpin much of the reconstruction of past landscape change. 

In this talk Ralph will offer his perspectives of working with pollen records across a range of scales, from individual sites associated with archaeological excavations in south west Britain, to continental-scale syntheses that draw upon hundreds of records to describe the impact of the development and spread of agriculture across Europe.

This lecture is open to all and light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Lecture starts: 17:00.

Please contact Paula Simson (email: paula.simson@plymouth.ac.uk / tel: 01752 584503) to book your place.

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