Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Prof Silvia Gonzalez

Prof Silvia Gonzalez

Telephone: 0151 231 2213

Biography

My research concentrates on studying past environmental changes during the Quaternary period (last 2.5 million years), looking at a wide variety of aspects that include geology, archaeology and geoarchaeology. I am currently involved in the following projects:

1. Sea level changes, coastal Holocene geomorphology and soil development in the Northwest of England. PI in collaboration with Prof David Huddart (Co-I) from LJMU.
2. Geoarchaeology and environmental changes during the Holocene in Mexico and NW England.
3. Tephrachronology and subglacial volcanic processes in Iceland and Mexico using magnetic properties and geochemistry of lava flows. PI in collaboration with Prof David Huddart (Co-I), LJMU.
4. Early humans, mammoth extinctions and volcanic eruptions in Mexico and Guatemala. PI in collaboration with Jose Concepcion Jimenez Lopez, Curator of Osteology collections at National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City and Lorena Davila, Curator of vertebrate collections at the Natural History Museum, Guatemala City.
5. Extinction of Megafauna and environmental change associated with Meteorite Impact during the Younger Dryas period in Mexico. Silvia Gonzalez and David Huddart (Co-Is) in collaboration with Isabel Israde (PI) and Gabriela Dominguez Vazquez (Co-I) from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo, Mexico and Nicholas Felstead (Co-I) from the University of Swansea, UK.
6. Ancient DNA, craniometrics and stable isotopes studies in Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene Human Populations in Mexico and Channel Islands from California. PI in collaboration with Sam Rennie (PhD student, LJMU), Mike Thomas (Co-I) from UCL, London, Robert Kruszynski (Co-I) from the Natural History Museum, London.
7. Paleodemography, disease and Ancient DNA and stable isotopes analysis in Medieval populations in the NW of England. DoS in collaboration with Nicola Town, Sam Rennie, Carole Davenport and Carla Burrell (PhD students at LJMU), Lynn Smith (Co-I) Curator at the Norton Priory Museum and Turi King (Co-I) from Leicester University.
8. Impact of volcanic eruptions in ancient Minoans in Santorini, Greece. PI in collaboration with Dave Huddart (Co-I) both at LJMU.
9. Impact of volcanic eruptions in ancient Olmecs and Mayas from the Yucatan Peninsula, Tabasco, Veracruz and Chiapas State, Mexico. Silvia Gonzalez (PI) in collaboration with David Huddart, (Co-I) LJMU and Nicholas Felstead (Co-I) from University of Swansea, UK.
10. Ring of Gullion, Northern Ireland: Origin and development of Paleogene ring dyke intrusions and volcanic deposits associated with the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. With Heather Graham (MSc Student) and Dr Siobhan Power.

Current Research Grants:

1) February 2015: Mourne Cooley Gullion Higher Education Research Bursaries Scheme, granted £1,350 for research associated with MSc student Heather Graham, project: Origin and emplacement mechanisms of the Slieve Gullion Ring Dyke Igneous Complex of Northern Ireland.

2) October 2015: Paget’s Association, Research grant of £6,000 associated with PhD student Carla Burrell. Project: Paget’s Disease of bone in Medieval populations in the NW of England.

3) November 2015: Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Research grant of £1,000, associated with PhD student Carla Burrell. Project: Characterisation of 2 Medieval skeletons from Halton Castle, Cheshire.

4) February 2016: Grant from Mexican Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) of £115,000 in collaboration with Dr Isabel Israde (PI) and Dr Gabriela Dominguez de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas, Mexico.

Languages

Spanish; Castilian
German

Degrees

1984, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, BSc Engineering Geology

Publications

Journal Articles

Thomas B, McIntosh D, Fildes T, Smith L, Hargrave F, Islam M, Thompson T, Layfield R, Scott D, Shaw B, Burrell CL, Gonzalez S, Taylor S. 2017. Second-harmonic generation imaging of collagen in ancient bone Bone Reports, 7 :137-144 >DOI

Israde-Alcántara I, Domínguez-Vázquez G, Gonzalez S, Bischoff J, West A, Huddart D. 2017. Five Younger Dryas black mats in Mexico and their stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental context Journal of Paleolimnology, :1-21 >DOI

Gonzalez S, Huddart D. 2017. III Geoarqueologia Latinoamericana Simposio Special Volume III Geoarqueologia Latinoamericana,

Metcalfe SE, Leng MJ, Kirby JR, Huddart D, Vane CH, Gonzalez S. 2016. Early-Mid Pleistocene environments in the Valsequillo Basin, Central Mexico: a reassessment JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 31 :325-336 >DOI >Link

Felstead NJ, Leng MJ, Metcalfe SE, Gonzalez S. 2015. Understanding the hydrogeology and surface flow in the Cuatrocienegas Basin (NE Mexico) using stable isotopes JOURNAL OF ARID ENVIRONMENTS, 121 :15-23 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde-Alcantara I, Dominguez-Vazquez G, Bischoff J, Felstead N. 2015. Paleoindian sites from the Basin of Mexico: Evidence from stratigraphy, tephrochronology and dating QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, 363 :4-19 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde-Alcantara I, Dominguez-Vasquez G, Bischoff J. 2014. Tocuila Mammoths, Basin of Mexico:Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene stratigraphy and the geological context of the bone accumulation Quaternary Science Reviews, 96 :222-239

Felstead NJ, Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Noble SR, Hoffmann DL, Metcalfe SE, Leng MJ, Albert BM, Pike AWG, Gonzalez-Gonzalez A, Concepcion Jimenez-Lopez J. 2014. Holocene-aged human footprints from the Cuatrocienegas Basin, NE Mexico JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 42 :250-259 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde-Alcantara I, Dominguez-Vazquez G, Bischoff J. 2014. Tocuila Mammoths, Basin of Mexico: Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene stratigraphy and the geological context of the bone accumulation QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 96 :222-239 >DOI >Link

Stevens RE, Metcalfe SE, Leng MJ, Lamb AL, Sloane HJ, Naranjo E, González S. 2012. Reconstruction of late Pleistocene climate in the Valsequillo Basin (Central Mexico) through isotopic analysis of terrestrial and freshwater snails Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 319–320 :16-27 >DOI >Link

Beer N, Gonzalez S, Rosales Lopez A, Huddart D. 2011. Pericue Indians and the Las Palmas culture: differing cultural traditions or site specific taphonomic processes in Baja California Sur, Mexico Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium Early Humans in America,

Morse SA, Bennett MR, Gonzalez S, Huddart D. 2010. Techniques for verifying human footprints: reappraisal of pre-Clovis footprints in Central Mexico QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 29 :2571-2578 >DOI >Link

Bennett MR, Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Kirby J, Toole E. 2010. Probable Neolithic footprints preserved in inter-tidal peat at Kenfig, South Wales (UK) PROCEEDINGS OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION, 121 :66-76 >DOI >Link

Mark DF, Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Böhnel H. 2010. Dating of the Valsequillo volcanic deposits: resolution of an ongoing archaeological controversy in Central Mexico. J Hum Evol, 58 :441-445 >DOI >Link

Lamb AL, Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Metcalfe SE, Vane CH, Pike AWG. 2009. Tepexpan Palaeoindian site, Basin of Mexico: multi-proxy evidence for environmental change during the late Pleistocene-late Holocene QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 28 :2000-2016 >DOI >Link

Bennett MR, Huddart D, Gonzalez S. 2009. Glaciovolcanic landsystems and large-scale glaciotectonic deformation along the Brekknafjoll-Jarlhettur, Iceland QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 28 :647-676 >DOI >Link

Bennett MR, Harris JWK, Richmond BG, Braun DR, Mbua E, Kiura P, Olago D, Kibunjia M, Omuombo C, Behrensmeyer AK, Huddart D, Gonzalez S. 2009. Early hominin foot morphology based on 1.5-million-year-old footprints from Ileret, Kenya. Science, 323 :1197-1201 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez AHG, Lockley MG, Rojas CS, Lopez Espinoza J, Gonzalez S. 2009. Human Tracks from Quaternary Tufa Deposits, Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico ICHNOS-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PLANT AND ANIMAL TRACES, 16 :12-24 >DOI >Link

Bohnel H, Huddart D, Gonzalez S. 2008. Palaeomagnetism of volcanic rocks around Valsequillo lake, Mexico, including the Xalnene Ash Geological Society of America, 40 (6) :241-241

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Bennett M. 2006. Valsequillo Pleistocene archaeology and dating: ongoing controversy in Central Mexico WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY, 38 :611-627 >DOI >Link

Schwenninger J-L, Gonzalez S, Bennett M, Gonzalez-Huesca A. 2006. The OSL dating of the Xalnene ash: A reply to comments by G. Duller on "human footprints in Central Mexico older than 40,000 years" QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 25 :3077-3080 >DOI >Link

Roberts DH, Chiverrell RC, Innes JB, Horton BP, Brooks AJ, Thomas GSP, Turner S, Gonzalez S. 2006. Holocene sea levels, last glacial maximum glaciomarine environments and geophysical models in the northern Irish Sea Basin, UK MARINE GEOLOGY, 231 :113-128 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Bennett MR, Gonzalez-Huesca A. 2006. Human footprints in Central Mexico older than 40,000 years QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 25 :201-222 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez-Jose R, Neves W, Lahr MM, Gonzalez S, Pucciarelli H, Martinez MH, Correal G. 2005. Late Pleistocene/Holocene craniofacial morphology in mesoamerican paleoindians: Implications for the peopling of the new world AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 128 :772-780 >DOI >Link

Wilson GP, Lamb AL, Leng MJ, Gonzalez S, Huddart D. 2005. Variability of organic delta C-13 and C/N in the Mersey Estuary, UK and its implications for sea-level reconstruction studies ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE, 64 :685-698 >DOI >Link

Bennett MR, Huddart D, Waller RI, Cassidy N, Tomio A, Zukowskyj P, Midgley NG, Cook SJ, Gonzalez S, Glasser NF. 2004. Sedimentary and tectonic architecture of a large push moraine: a case study from Hagafellsjokull-Eystri, Iceland SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY, 172 :269-292 >DOI >Link

Bennett MR, Huddart D, Waller RI, Midgley NG, Gonzalez S, Tomio A. 2004. Styles of ice-marginal deformation at Hagafellsjokull-Eystri, Iceland during the 1998/99 winter-spring surge BOREAS, 33 :97-107 >DOI >Link

Innes JB, Chiverrell RC, Blackford JJ, Davey PJ, Gonzalez S, Rutherford MM, Tomlinson PR. 2004. Earliest Holocene vegetation history and island biogeography of the Isle of Man, British Isles JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 31 :761-772 >Link

Bennett MR, Waller RI, Midgley NG, Huddart D, Gonzalez S, Cook SJ, Tomio A. 2003. Subglacial deformation at sub-freezing temperatures? Evidence from Hagafellsjokull-Eystri, Iceland QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 22 :915-923 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Jiménez-López JC, Hedges R, Huddart D, Ohman JC, Turner A, Pompa y Padilla JA. 2003. Earliest humans in the Americas: new evidence from México. J Hum Evol, 44 :379-387 >Link

Turner A, Gonzalez S, Ohman JC. 2002. Prehistoric human and ungulate remains from Preston Docks, Lancashire, UK: Problems of river finds JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 29 :423-433 >DOI >Link

Glasser NF, Hambrey MJ, Huddart D, Gonzalez S, Crawford KR, Maltman AJ. 2001. Terrestrial glacial sedimentation on the eastern margin of the Irish Sea basin: Thurstaston, Wirral PROCEEDINGS OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION, 112 :131-146 >Link

Gonzalez S, Pastrana A, Siebe C, Duller G. 2000. Timing of the prehistoric eruption of Xitle Volcano and the abandonment of Cuicuilco pyramid, southern Basin of Mexico Geological Society Special Publication, 171 :205-224 >DOI

Vlag P, Alva-Vaidivia L, de Boer CB, Gonzalez S, Urrutia-Fucugauchi J. 2000. A rock- and paleomagnetic study of a Holocene lava flow in Central Mexico PHYSICS OF THE EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS, 118 :259-272 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Kitchener AC, Lister AM. 2000. Survival of the Irish elk into the Holocene. Nature, 405 :753-754 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Jones JM, Williams DL. 1999. Characterization of tephras using magnetic properties: an example from SE Iceland Geological Society Special Publication, 161 :125-145 >DOI

Huddart D, Roberts G, Gonzalez S. 1999. Holocene human and animal footprints and their relationships with coastal environmental change, Formby Point, NW England QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, 55 :29-41 >DOI >Link

Böhnel H, Morales J, Caballero C, Alva L, Mcintosh G, Gonzalez S, Sherwood GJ. 1997. Variation of rock magnetic parameters and paleointensities over a single holocene lava flow Earth, Planets and Space, 49 :523-542

Gonzalez S, Sherwood G, Bohnel H, Schnepp E. 1997. Palaeosecular variation in central Mexico over the last 30000 years: The record from lavas GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, 130 :201-219 >DOI >Link

Roberts G, Gonzalez S, Huddart D. 1996. Intertidal Holocene footprints and their archaeological significance ANTIQUITY, 70 :647-651 >Link

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Davenport CAL, Gonzalez S. 2017. Who Do the Voodoo? A Rapid Field Technique to Identify the Provenance of Unknown Human Skeletal Remains in “Ritual” Cases American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Meeting :768-769

Rennie SR, Clegg M, Gonzalez S. 2016. Geographic and temporal variation in morphological sexing traits of the pelvis AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 85th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 159 :266-267 >Link

Burrell CL, Gonzalez S, Smith L, Emery MM, Irish JD. 2016. More than meets the eye: Paget's Disease within archaeological remains AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 85th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 159 :105-106 >Link

Chamberlain EA, Poulson SR, Davenport C, Burrell C, Gonzalez S, Scott GR. 2016. Paleodiet of Rural and Urban Medieval English Populations: Further Studies of Extracting Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopes from Dental Calculus AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 85th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 159 :112-112 >Link

Gonzalez S, Huddart D. 2016. Erupciones Volcánicas de la Cuenca de México y sus effectos en poblaciones humanas tempranas del Pleistoceno Superior-Holoceno Temprano. Pontificia Universidad de Quito, Ecuador, VIII Workshop on Latinoamerican Geoarchaeology.

Huddart D, Bennett MR, Gonzalez S, Velay X. 2008. Analysis and Preservation of Pleistocene Human and Animal Footprints: An Example from Toluquilla, Valsequillo Basin (Central Mexico) ICHNOS-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PLANT AND ANIMAL TRACES, 2nd International Symposium on the Quaternary Footprints of Hominids and Other Vertebrates 15 :232-245 >DOI >Link

Wilson GP, Lamb AL, Leng MJ, Gonzalez S, Huddart D. 2005. delta C-13 and C/N as potential coastal palaeoenvironmental indicators in the Mersey Estuary, UK QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, Annual Meeting of the IGCP 24 :2015-2029 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez S, Innes J, Huddart D, Davey P, Plater A. 2000. Holocene coastal change in the north of the Isle of Man: stratigraphy, palaeoenvironment and archaeological evidence Pye K, Allen JRL. COASTAL AND ESTUARINE ENVIRONMENTS: SEDIMENTOLOGY, GEOMORPHOLOGY AND GEOARCHAEOLOGY, International Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Environments: Sedimentology, Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology 175 :343-363 >DOI >Link

Huddart D, Gonzalez S, Roberts G. 1999. The archaeological record and Mid-Holocene marginal coastal palaeoenvironments around Liverpool Bay JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, Annual Meeting of the Quaternary-Research-Association 14 :563-574 >DOI >Link

Bohnel H, Morales J, Caballero C, Alva L, McIntosh G, Gonzalez S, Sherwood GJ. 1997. Variation of rock magnetic parameters and paleointensities over a single Holocene lava flow JOURNAL OF GEOMAGNETISM AND GEOELECTRICITY, Joint Symposia on Archeosecular and Paleosecular Variations / Archeointensity and Paleointensity Results 49 :523-542 >Link

Gonzalez S, Jimenez Lopez JC, Huddart D. Paleoindians, Mammoths and Volcanoes from the Basin of Mexico VII International Symposium Early Humans in America.

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde Alcantara I, Dominguez G, Bischoff J. Paleoindian Sites in the Basin of Mexico: Stratigraphy, Tephrachronology and Radiocarbon Dating during the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Transition. Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference

Toole E, Gonzalez S, Mark D, Brasier A, Huddart D. Quaternary Sequence of the Tequixquiac Basin, Northern Basin of Mexico and the Stratigraphic position of the “Sacro de Tequixquic” VI International Simposium: El Hombre Temprano en America: Modelos de Poblamiento y Aportes desde las Territorialidades Tropicales:

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde Alcantara I, Dominguez G, Bischoff J. Estratigrafia, tefracronologia y fechamientos de Sitios Paleoindios en Mexico Central durante el Pleistoceno Superior-Holoceno Temprano. VI International Simposium: El Hombre Temprano en America: Modelos de Poblamiento y Aportes desde las Territorialidades Tropicales:

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Leng M, Metcalfe S. Early Pleistocene Lacustrine Sequences from the Valsequillo Basin, Central Mexico, Abstract, Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section meeting :56

Huddart D. Depositional Processes, Chronology and Stratigraphy, Tlaloc ignimbrite, apron, Basin of Mexico, Abstract, Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section meeting,

Felstead N, Gonzalez S. “Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, NE Mexico from the Late Pleistocene to the Present”. Abstract, 12th International Palaeolimnology Symposium

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde Alcantara I, Dominguez Vasquez G, Bischoff J. Tefrachronologia y Fechamientos de Sitios Paleoindios en Mexico Central durante el Pleistoceno Superior-Holoceno Temprano; Abstract, Early Humans in America Conference, Invited

Gonzalez S. Impacto de la actividad volcanica sobre Megafauna y las culturas Paleoindias del Centro de Mexico durante los ultimos 12,00 anos. Invited Speaker

Toole E, Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Brasier A, Mark D. Humans, Megafauna and Quaternary Environmental Change, Tequixquiac, Northern Basin of Mexico Abstracts, Paleoamerican Odyssey :73

Felstead N, Gonzalez S, Huddart D. Holocene-aged footprints from the Cuatrocienegas basin, NE Mexico, Paleoamerican Odyssey conference :47

Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Israde Alcantara I, Dominguez Vasquez G, Bischoff J. Paleoindian Sites in the Basin of Mexico: stratigraphy, tephrochronology and radiocarbon dating during the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene transition. Abstracts, . Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, 17th October, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. p49 Program with Abstracts :49

Gonzalez S. Footprints from the Past: From Liverpool to Africa

Gonzalez S. The Earliest Americans in Mexico: A Tale of Mammoths, Volcanoes and Craniometrics. Invited talk,

Gonzalez S. Paleodiet reconstructions using stable isotope studies from Prehistoric populations from the Cape region of Baja California Sur, Mexico Encuentro Binacional Balances y Perspectivas de la Peninsula de Baja California

Gonzalez S. Geoarchaeology, U-series dating and conservation of an in situ human footprint trackway in the Cuatrocienegas Basin, NE Mexico V International Symposium:Early Man in America: a hundred years after the Amegino-Hrdlika debate (1910-2010

Gonzalez S. Hydrology of the Cuatrocienegas Basin lake system from the Late Pleistocene to the present: The implications of over extraction of water for industry and the need for conservation 5th International Limnogeology Conference (ILIC)

Gonzalez S. “The peopling of the Americas: New data from Mexico” British Association for the Advancement of Science

Posters

Graham H, Gonzalez S, Power S. 2015. Origin and Emplacement Mechanisms of the Slieve Gullion Ring Dyke Igneous Complex of Northern Ireland. Heather Graham, Silvia Gonzalez and Siobhan Power. 58th Annual Irish Geological Research Meeting, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Toole E, Gonzalez S, Huddart D, Brasier A, Mark D. 2013. Humans, Megafauna and Quaternary Environmental Change, Tequixquiac, Northern Basin of Mexico. Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, USA.

Felstead N, Gonzalez S, Metcalfe S, Huddart D, Noble S, Hoffman D, Leng M, Pike A, Gonzalez A, Jimenez Lopez JC. 2013. Holocene-aged Footprints from the Cuatrocienegas Basin, NE Mexico. 17th October 2013 Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, USA,

Books

Gonzalez S. 2006. Early Men in America and their implications for the Peopling of the Basin of Mexico. 500 Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia

Gonzalez S. 2006. Mammoths from the Basin of Mexico: stratigraphy and radiocarbon dating. In Jimenez-Lopez, J.C., Gonzalez, S., Pompa y Padilla, J.A. and Ortiz Pedraza, F. eds. Early men in the Americas and their implications on the peopling of the Basin of Mexico, INAH Scientific Series, Mexico D.F. 500 :263-274 Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. Mexico

Gonzalez S. Palaeoindians and Megafaunal Extinctions in the Basin of Mexico: the role of the 10.5K Upper Toluca Pumice Eruption. :90-106 Left Coast Press. Walnut Creek, California

Gonzalez S. The archaeology of global expansion: The peopling of the Americas.

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: VIII Early Humans in America Symposium, Position: Member of Organizing Committee

Conference name: VII International Simposium "Early Humans in America", Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico, Position: Member of organising committee and Fieldtrip leader to Paleoindian sites around the Basin of Mexico

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Good news from bad teeth: Paleodiet through the isotopic analysis of dental calculus., Conference title: Paleodiet meets Paleopathology Conference, Place/location of conference: Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Presentation type: Poster presentation

Title of presentation: Origin and Emplacement Mechanisms of the Slieve Gullion Ring Dyke Igneous Complex of Northern Ireland., Conference title: 58th Annual Irish Geological Research Meeting, Place/location of conference: Belfast, Northern Ireland, Presentation type: Poster presentation

Title of presentation: Humans, Megafauna and Quaternary Environmental Change, Tequixquiac, Northern Basin of Mexico., Conference title: Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Place/location of conference: Santa Fe, USA, Presentation type: Poster presentation

Title of presentation: Holocene-aged Footprints from the Cuatrocienegas Basin, NE Mexico, Conference title: Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Place/location of conference: Santa Fe, USA, Presentation type: Poster presentation

Title of presentation: Paleoindian Sites in the Basin of Mexico: Stratigraphy, Tephrachronology and Radiocarbon Dating during the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Transition., Conference title: Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference,, Place/location of conference: Santa Fe, USA, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Quaternary Sequence of the Tequixquiac Basin, Northern Basin of Mexico and the Stratigraphic position of the “Sacro de Tequixquiac”,, Conference title: V! Symposium Early Humans in America, Place/location of conference: Museo Quimbaya, Pereira, Colombia, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Estratigrafia, tefracronologia y fechamientos de Sitios Paleoindios en Mexico Central durante el Pleistoceno Superior-Holoceno Temprano, Conference title: VI International Symposium: El Hombre Temprano en America:, Place/location of conference: Museo Quimbaya, Pereira, Colombia, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External collaboration:

Institution: Principal Investigator in a large multinational and multidisciplinary research group, including some of the top UK scientists in their fields e.g. Prof Melanie Leng from the British Geological Survey, Natural Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, Prof Sarah Metcalfe, from the Geography Department, Nottingham University, Dr Jean-Luc Swenninger from the Oxford Luminescence Laboratory, Prof Matthew Bennett from the Conservation Department at Bournemouth University, Jose Concepcion Jimenez, curator of human osteological collections, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. The team has been working together in several important Paleoindian site in Mexico, excavating sites, applying dating techniques, sedimentology, stable isotopes studies in sediments and human and animal bones, ancient DNA, craniometrics, field geology and mapping., Collaborator: Melanie Leng (UK), Sarah Metcalfe (UK), Isabel Israde (Mexico). Jim Bischoff (USA)

Media Coverage:

Media coverage: • The wider communication of this research through various media to the general public, advertising the quality of research performed at Liverpool John Moores University. This can be seen through television programmes, where I have appeared presenting some of my research results, such as the “Extinct” series on Channel Four in October 2001, or the TV programme “Columbus BC” for the National Geographic Channel broadcast in March 2007. Also through radio interviews in the UK (including the popular Today Programme on Radio 4 in July 2005 and Unearthing Mysteries Programme on Radio 4 in January 2006); newspapers in Ireland, USA, Mexico and Australia; National Newspapers in the UK and Mexico, like the Independent (whole page article), The Times, La Jornada and Excelsior; Science Magazines, including Nature, New Scientist, Discover Year in Science and a plethora of Internet Web sites such as CNN, BBC, BBC Worldservice, commenting on my research on early Americans, megafauna extinctions and human footprints discovery in Mexico and in Africa.

Membership of professional bodies:

President, Liverpool Geological Society

Other invited event:

Title of event: Leader of Fieldtrip to Santorini Island, Greece, Location: Santorini, Greece, Description: Leader of fieldtrip with members of the Liverpool Geological Society to Santorini, Greece to observe volcanic sequences associated with the Minoan Volcanic Eruption that devastated the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age

Title of event: Fieldtrip to Formby Point, Merseyside, Location: Formby Point Sand Dunes and foreshore, Merseyside, Description: Led a fieldtrip for members of the Liverpool Geological Society to observe Middle Holocene Human footprints preserved in clays on the foreshore at Formby Point

Title of event: Invited talk: Human Footprints and Holocene sediments at Formby Point, Merseyside, Location: Liverpool, UK, Description: Invited talk for the Liverpool Geological Society to present new research around Formby Point, Merseyside.

Title of event: Invited talk: The Volcanic eruption of Santorini and it’s effects on the Bronze Age Minoans from the Eastern Mediterranean, Location: Liverpool, UK, Description: Invited talk from the Merseyside Archaeological Society to talk about my research in the volcanic island of Santorini and the effects of the Minoan Volcanic eruption in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Title of event: Invited talk: Volcanic Eruptions in the Basin of Mexico and their effects in Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene populations, Location: III Workshop on Latinoamerican Geoarchaeology in Quito, Ecuador, Description: Invited talk to introduce my research on the Geoarchaeology of the Basin of Mexico

Title of event: Invited talk: Maya World: A Rainforest Civilization, Location: Liverpool World Museum, Description: During the Special Exhibition on "The Mayas", invited talk to introduce the mayas to the general public.

Title of event: Meteorite Impact and Quaternary Extinctions? Invited talk, Location: Rainhill Community Center, UK, Description: Invited talk for the Open University Geological Society, NW Branch.

Title of event: Paleoindians, Mammoths and Volcanoes from the Basin of Mexico. Talk on VII International Symposium Early Humans in America, Location: National Museum of Antropology, Mexico City, Description: Invited talk on recent research on Early humans and mammoths in the Basin of Mexico

Title of event: Who were the First Mexicans? Associated with Roscoe Lectures together with Mexican Ambassador, Diego Gomez Pickering, Location: Liverpool John Moores University, Description: Introductory talk before Roscoe lecture introducing my research on Early humans and megafauna in Mexico

Title of event: Presidential Address for Liverpool Geological Society, Location: Byrom Street, Liverpool, UK, Description: Santorini Volcano: Volcanic Activity and Archeaology. Liverpool, UK.

Title of event: Presidential Address, Location: Byrom Street, Liverpool, UK, Description: Invited Talk: Meteorite Impact and Quaternary Extinctions

Research Grants Awarded:

L-P Archaeology, Chester, Linnenhall Skeleton Analysis, Carole Davenport, Grant value (£): 4,470, Duration of research project: 1 year

Paget's Association, UK, Medieval Paget's Disease at Norton Priory, UK, Carla Burrel, LJMU. Lynn Smith, from Norton Priory Museum. Rob T Hof, Liverpool University, Grant value (£): 15,057.75, Duration of research project: 1 year

Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo, Pleistocene sediment sequences with Megafauna in Chiapas State, Mexico., David Huddart, LJMU, Isabel Israde and Gabriela Dominguez from the Universidad Michoacan ade San Nicolas, Hidalgo, Grant value (£): 3,450 in kind, Duration of research project: One year

Department of Geology, University of Nevada, USA, Stable isotopes composition (C + N) in teeth calculus from Medieval populations from the NW of England., Carole Davenport, Carla Burrell, both PhD students at LJMU, Grant value (£): 4,200 in kind, Duration of research project: Two years

University of Queensland, Uranium series Dating Laboratory, Australia, Dating Megafauna Fossils from Tequixquic, Mexico, Emma Toole, PhD student at LJMU, Grant value (£): 8,450 in kind, Duration of research project: Two years

Scottish Universities K-Ar Dating Laboratory, UK., Geoarchaeology and Quaternary sequences at Tequixquiac, Mexico., Emma Toole, PhD student at LJMU, Grant value (£): 20,000 in kind, Duration of research project: Two years

Norton Museum and Gardens, Characterisation of 2 Medieval skeletons from Halton Castle, Cheshire., Carla Burrell, PhD student at LJMU, Grant value (£): 1,000, Duration of research project: One year

Mourne Cooley Gullion Higher Education Research Bursaries Scheme, Northern Ireland, Origin and emplacement mechanisms of the Slieve Gullion Ring Dyke Igneous Complex of Northern Ireland., Heather Graham, MSc student, Grant value (£): 1,350, Duration of research project: One year

Pagets Association, Pagets in Medieval Individuals from Norton Priory and Poulton, Cheshire, Carla Burrell, PhD student at LJMU, Grant value (£): 6,000, Duration of research project: One year

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT), Mexico, Younger Dryas Meteorite Impact in Mexico and Enviromental Effects, Dr Isabel Israde Alcantara and Dr Grabriela Dominguez Vazquez from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas, Jim Bischoff, USGS,, Grant value (£): 115,000, Duration of research project: Two years

Mourne Cooley Gullion Higher Education Research Bursaries Scheme, Origin and emplacement mechanisms of the Slieve Gullion Ring Dyke Igneous Complex of Northern Ireland., Heather Graham, MSc student, Grant value (£): 1,300, Duration of research project: Six months

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Ar-Ar Dating of Rocks and isotopic data from Tequixquiac, Mexico, Grant value (£): £10,000

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), PhD Project: Palaeoenvironment and Geoarchaeology in Tequixquiac, Mexico, PhD Student: Emma Toole, Grant value (£): £65,000, Duration of research project: 3.5 years

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), PhD Project: Palaeoenvironment and Geoarchaeology of the Cuatrocienegas Basin, NE Mexico, PhD Student: Nicholas Felstead, Grant value (£): £63,000, Duration of research project: 3.5

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Stable isotopes for Reconstructing the Palaeoenvironment from the Cuatrocienegas Basin, North Of Mexic0, Grant value (£): £30,000, Duration of research project: 3.5 years

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Ar-Ar Dating of Rocks at the Valsequillo Basin, Central Mexico, Darren Mark, NERC Isotopes Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL)., Grant value (£): £60,000, Duration of research project: 3 years

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Palaeoenvironment and ArchaeologyShell middens from Southern Baja California, Mexico, Melanie Leng, NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, Grant value (£): 32,945, Duration of research project: 3 years

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Early Human Settlement of the Americas: Geoarcghaeology and Dating of the Valsequillo Basin, Central Mexico, Alan Cooper, Oxford University; Melanie Leng, NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, Grant value (£): 230,000, Duration of research project: 3.5 years

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Stable isotope studies of lake sediments from the Basin of Mexico associated with early human occupation, Grant value (£): 22,000, Duration of research project: 2 years

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit: 22 AMS radiocabon dates on early Holocene human skulls from the Channel Islands of California, housed at the Natural History Museum in London., Grant value (£): 8,400, Duration of research project: 1 year