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IQUA Autumn 2011 Symposium Poster

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.

9.30-10.00 Registration/coffee
10.00-10.10 Welcome

10.10-10.55 Brian Huntley (Durham University) The Neoglacial transition - a 'tipping point' in the climate system?
10.55-11.40 Jed Kaplan (EPFL) From moraine to meadow and forest to farmland: Integrated modelling of Holocene land cover change.

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
12.30-13.00 Nicki Whitehouse (QUB) Becoming farmers: Linking human and environmental change in Neolithic Ireland

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
14.45-15.15 Mick Monk (UCC) Crops, climate and corn-drying kilns: Tillage in early medieval Ireland
15.15-15.45 Catherine Dalton (Mary Immaculate College, UL) Environmental changes in an oligotrophic salmonid catchment

15.45-16.05 - Coffee

16.05 - 16.30 Implications for the Anthropocene.

For a pdf copy of the Symposium Poster & Programme, click here.



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


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