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Vegetation and Landscape Dynamics of the Iberian Pyrenees During the Last 3000 Years

The Montcortès Palynological Record

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  • Provides a high-resolution paleoecological record of vegetation succession in the Mediterranean over the past 3000 years
  • Reconstructs the influence of climatic and anthropogenic factors on the development of the vegetation and landscape
  • Combines palaeoecological and historical records to identify socioecological trends over time

Part of the book series: Ecological Studies (ECOLSTUD, volume 251)

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About this book

The high-resolution palynological study of the varved sediments of Lake Montcortès has provided a unique record of the regional vegetation shifts over the last 3000 years and of the natural and anthropogenic drivers of ecological change, unparalleled in the Mediterranean. 

This book shows in detail how the terrestrial ecosystems of Montcortès have responded to climatic events such as the Medieval Climate Anomaly or the Little Ice Age, as well as to varying intensities of anthropogenic pressure from the Bronze Age to the present. The knowledge gained from this palaeoecological study is useful not only for understanding how the modern landscapes of the Pyrenees were shaped, but also for conserving biodiversity and ecosystems in the face of future environmental changes related to ongoing global change. 

The book is aimed at researchers, university teachers and advanced graduate students in a wide range of disciplines including ecology, palaeoecology, environmental science, biodiversity, geography, sedimentology, archaeology, anthropology, and biodiversity conservation.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Botanic Institute of Barcelona, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

    Valentí Rull

  • Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

    Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia

About the authors

Valentí Rull
Senior Researcher. Botanic Institute of Barcelona, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. 
Associate Researcher. Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP-CERCA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain. 
Biologist (1981), PhD in Palaeoecology (1990). Research interests: ecological, evolutionary and biogeographical applications of palynology. Experience in tropical, subtropical and temperate continental and insular biomes. Publications: 14 books and over 300 articles (>200 in JCR journals). Listed in the Stanford World's Top 0.5% paleontologists and Top 10 palynologists (career-long and last-year versions). 

Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia: Biologist, PhD in Ecology (40 years of experience). Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Research interests: Ecology and paleolimnology, environmental impact and biotic response to current and past climate change, anoxia in lakes and its causes, mountain lakes as sentinels of global change. 13 book chapters, about 100 articles. Supervised 10 PhD theses and 12 master's theses. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Vegetation and Landscape Dynamics of the Iberian Pyrenees During the Last 3000 Years

  • Book Subtitle: The Montcortès Palynological Record

  • Authors: Valentí Rull, Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia

  • Series Title: Ecological Studies

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-57440-5Published: 21 May 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-57443-6Due: 22 June 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-57441-2Published: 20 May 2024

  • Series ISSN: 0070-8356

  • Series E-ISSN: 2196-971X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 207

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 93 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Paleoecology, Climate, general, Sedimentology, Archaeology, Plant Sciences, European History

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