Integrating Archeology and Geochemistry: Tales from shell middens

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
3:30 p.m.
Rankin Science West, Room 293

The 2018 Geological and Environmental Science Colloquium Series is coming to an end this Friday with Dr. Yurena Yanes giving a talk about archeology and geochemistry.

Yanes is currently the 2018–20 Paleontology Society Distinguished Lecturer from the University of Cincinnati. Yanes gave a great talk at the most recent Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting, but this time she will be focusing her talk on blending paleontology, geochemistry and archeology in one.

Her research interests are primarily focused on the multidisciplinary study of modern and fossil land snail assemblages. She integrates disparate data from manifold disciplines, including isotope geochemistry, taxonomy, taphonomy, paleoecology, morphometrics and amino acid dating. These data sets are used jointly to reconstruct changes in past environmental and ecological conditions, to evaluate the quality and fidelity of the fossil record and to better understand organism–environment interactions.


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Dr. Yurena Yanes photo for the talk
Published: Nov 28, 2018 11:41am