Last Wednesday our PI André Colonese gave a talk titled”𝗢𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘂𝗽𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲… 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻 “, as part of the Nit de la Recerca at the Auditori Barradas in Hospitalet de Llobregat. These events are great for us to understand what the wider public thinks about our subjects.
One member of the audience made a brilliant point reflecting on the need for more and better communication with the public. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻? More activism? More school projects? How do we get these ideas and data in the mainstream news?
Once upon a time… there was an ocean: advancing marine historical ecology through archaeology
In 2017 the United Nations established the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development that is taking place from 2021 to 2030. The decade has been created to meet the imminent need for expanding our understanding of the changes taking place in our oceans, as well as the best ways to preserve and restore sustainable practices. Ocean science has made great progress over the last century, however a long-term perspective of the anthropogenic footprint on oceans is still largely missing. Marine historical ecology, which incorporates several different disciplines, has emerged in the last two decades to address some of this gap. Here I will present TRADITION, an ERC-Consolidator Grant funded research project (European Commission) that is currently assessing the long-term development of small-scale fisheries in Brazil, and their legacy to present day marine ecosystems and food security in the region. I will focus on the archaeological component of our project and discuss how TRADITION is advancing marine historical socio-ecology in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Archaeology offers a unique window into the past of local traditional knowledge, a key concept to biological and environmental conservation, as well as sustainable development.