Palaeoclimate-Palynology Workshop, Princeton University -- Call for Applicants

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The Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI:, a three-year project at Princeton University, is holding a workshop for pre-modernists, 12-14 September 2016 on palaeoclimatology and palynology. This entry-level is geared towards younger scholars (junior faculty members and graduate students) from the humanities and social sciences and requires no previous knowledge of either subject. The workshop focuses on palynology and the reconstruction of past temperature, precipitation and environmental changes from natural archives in the form of sediments. Renowned scholars Neil Roberts (Plymouth University) and Warren Eastwood (University of Birmingham) will lead the workshop. Both have published extensively on climate reconstruction and palynology.

The workshop will offer participants a hands-on introduction to palaeoclimate science, palynology, including chronology development, record calibration, climate reconstruction and sampling strategies. These will maintain a balance between modeling local/regional and large-scale climates and changes. The workshop will cover the statistical basis for these reconstructions, their assumptions and uncertainties. As part of the workshop, participants will explore pollen identification, age-model constructions, and micro-charcoal analysis for wildfire history. Although the workshop will focus on the Eastern Mediterranean Basin as a case study, its tools will be applicable to other world regions.

Application Process and Deadlines

Interested parties should submit the a statement of interest (up to 500 words), a CV and a letter of recommendation to Jayne Bialkowski ( by June 1, 2016. The subject line of the email should read, “Application for Palynology Workshop.” No applications will be considered after this time. Successful applicants will be notified by early July.

Fees and Additional Information

The workshop is free. Princeton University will cover the costs of accommodations and subsistence for all admitted applicants. Attendees will be expected to cover their own travel and transportation costs. Detailed directions for getting to campus and locating the workshop will be issued closer to the workshop.

For more information please visit our website:, or email us -- John Haldon (, Lee Mordechai ( or Tim Newfield (

The PIIRS Research Initiative on Climate Change and History and the workshop series are made possible through a generous grant provided by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Tim Newfield