Team and Partners

Team

Andre Carlo Colonese (PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology, Università di Siena, Italy) is an environmental and biomolecular archaeologist and the Principal Investigator of TRADITION in the Department of Prehistory and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His research involves archaeozoology, light stable isotope and organic residue analysis to obtain information on past environments, diets and economic practices in coastal areas of South America and around the Mediteranean. He has led multidisciplinary projects on pre-Columbian coastal adaptation and early food production in the Amazon and Atlantic Forest coast of Brazil (EU-Marie Curie, FAPESP, Newton-British Academy, National Geographic). With TRADITION he aims to show the potential of archaeology and history to inform current-day management and conservation strategies for small-scale fisheries in tropical and subtropical South America.

Thiago Fossile (MSc in Animal Biodiversity, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil) is a Predoctoral Research Fellow of TRADITION at ICTA. During his MSc, Thiago demonstrated that pre-Columbian sites in southern Brazil are valuable biological archives of past biodiversity. He has estimated pre-Columbian fish catches for a large estuary in the Atlantic Forest, publishing one of the first studies on marine historical ecology based on archaeological data from the Brazilian coast. In TRADITION Thiago is analysing archaeological faunal remains using a range of techniques (stable isotopes, bone taphonomy, metrics, palaeoproteomics) to investigate links between fishing, climate change, technology and historical events on aquatic resources from pre-Columbian to historical times.

Krista McGrath (MA in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Canada) is the Senior Research Technician in palaeoproteomics of TRADITION in the Department of Prehistory and ICTA. During her previous role as the Genomic and Proteomic Technician in BioArCh (University of York, UK), Krista has extensively applied genomic and proteomic analyses to a wide variety of archaeological materials (bone, antler, leather, pottery, dental calculus, soil, etc). Her role in TRADITION primarily includes Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) of fish and mammal bone remains and artefacts, and shotgun proteomics of ceramic residues and dental calculus for dietary reconstruction.

Alice Toso (PhD in Archaeology, University of York, UK) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of TRADITION in the Department of Prehistory and ICTA. Alice is a physical anthropologist and palaeopathologist with an excellent knowledge of light stable isotope analysis for dietary reconstruction and ZooMS. Her PhD research focused on the impact of significant historical events on coastal and inland communities in Medieval and Early Modern Portugal. She has worked on prehistoric populations in South America to investigate pre-Columbian dietary patterns. In TRADITION she will employ a ‘multiple light stable isotopic approach’ and Bayesian mixing model to quantify and compare diets during pre-Columbian times, over major changes in coastal ecosystems and across the European colonisation of the Atlantic Forest.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow of TRADITION in organic residue analysis in the Department of Archaeology, University of York (UK). She/he will perform organic residue analysis of ceramic artefacts (pre-Columbian and historical) and integrate the results with other lines of dietary evidence.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow of TRADITION in historical analysis in the Department of Prehistory and ICTA (Spain). She/he will perform historical analysis of written and artistic sources in Brazil and integrate the results with other lines of evidence.

Oliver Craig (PhD in Organic Geochemistry, University of Newcastle, UK), Professor at the University of York (UK), is a science-based archaeologist with a major interest in prehistoric food, diet and cuisine. He uses organic residue analysis of pottery and stable isotope analysis of human bone to investigate major dietary transitions in the past, with a particular interest in the transition from foraging to food production. Oliver is a Senior Scientist on TRADITION and will lead the team in BioArCh (University of York) working on the identification of aquatic resources in ceramics.

Steve Cinderby (PhD in Participatory GIS, University of York, UK) is a Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI, UK) focussed on community resilience, urbanisation issues (including green infrastructure and mobility) and their links to wellbeing. He also helps lead the SEI Transforming Governance research theme which examines how governance processes can become more inclusive and accountable, and how governance outcomes can become more effective and equitable. Steve is a senior scientist on TRADITION and will work with Participatory GIS of modern fishing communities to map their cultural dimension and assess changes in the nature of traditional knowledge across generations.

Paulo César Fonseca Giannini (PhD in Geosciences, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil) is the Senior Researcher in Sedimentary Geology at the Institute of Geosciences (IGc) at the University of São Paulo (USP). He works with source-to-sink analysis based on vector and scalar properties of sediments; facies analysis in Quaternary depositional systems; reconstruction of relative sea level variation in the Holocene; and geoarchaeology, especially constitution, stratigraphy and time-space distribution of pre-Columbian sites in Brazil. Paulo is a Senior Scientist on TRADITION and will help coordinate the integration of new palaeoecological data from different proxies in South Brazil in relation to depositional systems evolution.

Luiz Geraldo Silva (PhD in Social History, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil) is Professor in the History Department of the Universidade Federal do Paraná. He studies the social history of maritime societies in Brazil between the 16th and 19th centuries, with emphasis on their power relations based on differentials of knowledge about the maritime environment, and on vessels, instruments and navigational devices and the appropriation of natural resources. Luiz is a Senior Scientist on TRADITION and will help coordinate the analysis of historical sources.

Advisory Board

Project Managers

  • Montse Paredes,
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Jo Tozer,
    University of York
  • David Lauder,
    University of York

Partners

  • Milena Ramires,
    Universidade de Santa Cecilia (UNISANTA)
  • Luciane Zanenga,
    Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
  • Dione Bandeira,
    Universidade da Região de Joinville (UNIVILLE)
  • Ximena Villagran,
    Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  • Roberta Meyer Miranda da Vega,
    Museo Arqueológico de Sambaqui de Joinville (MASJ)
  • Alexandro Damathe,
    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)
  • Geovan Martins Guimarães,
    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)
  • Vanderlei Backes,
    Museu do Homem do Sambaqui, Colégio Catarinense
  • Andrea Lessa,
    Museu Nacional da Universidade Federal Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Alpina Begossi,
    Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and Universidade de Santa Cecilia (UNISANTA)
  • Roberta Aguiar dos Santos,
    Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação da Biodiversidade Marinha do Sudeste e Sul (CEPSUL)
  • Walter Steenbock,
    Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação da Biodiversidade Marinha do Sudeste e Sul (CEPSUL)
  • Sergio Francisco Serafim Monteiro da Silva,
    Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)
  • Rafael Milheira,
    Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel)
  • Cecile Brugere,
    Soulfish Research & Consultancy
  • Verônica Wesolowski,
    Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  • Carlos Alberto Etchevarne,
    Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
  • Fernanda Borba,
    Museu Arqueológico de Sambaqui de Joinville (MASJ)
  • Marta Cremer,
    Universidade da Região de Joinville (UNIVILLE)
  • Rafael Cortelletti,
    Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel)

Institutions

Partner institutions