This module provides an introduction to the principles and techniques used to reconstruct past environments and detect environmental change mostly during the last 2.6 million years, the Quaternary. It looks at the history of palaeoecology and the underlying theory and ecological principles that enable the interpretation of information from ancient deposits. The primary palaeoecological techniques and their limitations are described. Case studies show how some techniques have been applied to provide a range of palaeoenvironmental information.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of the key principles of palaeoecology, and you will also develop an understanding of the main methods used to reconstruct past environments.
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Maarten Blaauw
Other Contributors: Dr Gill Plunkett; Mr David Brown
(Image: Northern Iceland, nr Saudarkrokur – M. Blaauw)