AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM 2011
IQUA's 2011 Annual Symposium took place on Friday 2nd December 2011 in the Geological Survey of Ireland Lecture Theatre, Beggar's Bush, Dublin 4. The Conference Theme was: Quaternary tipping points: Exploring the dynamics of human and environmental change. The conference programme is given below.
11.40-12.00 - Coffee
12.00-12.30 John Lowe (RHUL) Synchronising short-interlude events of the last glacial cycle: the RESET tephra-‘lattice’ approach
13.00-14.15 - Lunch
14.15-14.45 Gill Plunkett (QUB) Whither environmental determinism? Critiquing the influence of climate on later prehistoric and early medieval cultural developments in Ireland
15.45-16.05 - Coffee
For a pdf copy of the Symposium Poster & Programme, click here.
SPRING MEETING 2011
The Irish Quaternary Association, in association with the Irish Environmental History Network, held its Annual Spring Meeting on Saturday 16 April, 2011, in Trinity College Dublin, IIIS Seminar Room, Floor 6, Arts Block.
The meeting comprised a series of short (20 minute) talks focusing on new and ongoing Quaternary research taking place in Ireland. Prof. Fraser Mitchell of the Department of Botany in TCD delivered the keynote talk, entitled: "After the storm: exploring ecosystem recovery after disturbance."
The full progamme for the meeting is provided below.
Date: Saturday 16th April 2011, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (registration/coffee from 9.30 am)
10.00 am Bettina Stefanini (NUIM) Late prehistoric woodland patterns as reflected in the pollen record.
10.20 am Ellen O'Carroll (TCD) How much is enough! Sampling issues and methodological approaches towards the reconstruction of woodland resource usage from archaeological sites.
10.40 am Keynote talk: Fraser Mitchell (TCD) After the storm: exploring ecosystem recovery after disturbance.
11.00 - 11.20 am Coffee
11.20 am Anette Overland (NUIG) New insights into late Holocene farming in western Ireland with particular reference to the early medieval horizontal watermill at Kilbegly, Co. Roscommon.
11.40 am Steve Davis (UCD) Climate Change and the Adoption of Agriculture in Co. Mayo.
12.00 pm Emma Howard Williams (NUIM) Arenaria ciliata on Ben Bulben: a Pleistocene nunatak in northwest Ireland?
12.20 pm Kieran Craven (TCD) Testing the utility of a geochemical approach to sea-level reconstruction in western Ireland.
12.40 - 1.40 pm Lunch
1.40 pm Rory Patrick Flood (QUB) Recent sedimentation processes, patterns and chronology of the west Bengal Sundarbans.
2.00 pm Adelheid Fankhauser (UCD) Speleothem versus ice core ages for the Greenland interstadials. Does the latest NGRIP chronology still exhibit time lags?
2.20 pm Benjamin Thebaudeau (TCD) Update on the ongoing research of submerged coastal features on the northern coast of Ireland.
3.00 pm AGM – all welcome