Team and Partners


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.

Marjolein Admiraal (PhD in Archaeology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of TRADITION in organic residue analysis in the Department of Archaeology, University of York (UK). Marjolein is an archaeological scientist with a specialization in organic residue analysis of ceramic and stone artefacts, and a geographical focus on the Americas. Marjolein has ample experience with the identification of aquatic resources in archaeological residues through lipid biomarkers and stable isotope analysis of bulk and individual compounds. She has worked on pottery traditions in Alaska and Northeast Siberia, and has investigated the drivers of pottery adoption and non-adoption. In TRADITION she will investigate the function of pre-Columbian and historical ceramic artefacts through lipid residue analysis, stable isotope analysis and proteomics, and she will integrate results with other lines of evidence to better understand dietary patterns and change throughout time along the Atlantic coast of Brazil.

Dannieli Firme Herbst (PhD in Ecology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of TRADITION in the Department of Prehistory and ICTA. She is an ethnoecologist with field experience across coastal Brazil, using with multiple methods (e.g., document analysis, interviews and transdisciplinary workshops) to understand and help improve the interaction amongst alternative knowledge systems and coastal-marine governance processes. Her PhD research generated a multi-dimensional, integrated and deliberative assessment of a subtropical estuary (Babitonga Bay, Santa Catarina state), whereby she facilitated the combination of multiple resource users’ perspectives on and use of ecosystem services, associated pressures, risks and conflicts – to steer coastal governance transformation towards an ecosystem-based regime. In TRADITION, Dannieli will look at documents and artwork to reconstruct the socioecological systems of small-scale fisheries in Brazil, from colonial to contemporary dynamics. Her work will also seek to integrate other lines of historical evidence, to understand how historical factors influence current management practice.

Santiago Sandoval (Postgraduate in Environmental Studies, Macquarie University, Australia) is a Master’s student with TRADITION, researching the historical ecology of small-scale fisheries in Latin America. Santiago’s experience brings a transdisciplinary environmental, social and political science approach to the coordination of sustainability policies and programs. He has worked with public, private and non-governmental organizations. His research with TRADITION will be working toward a Master’s Degree in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability with a specialization in Ecological Economics, based in the Department of Prehistory and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona.

Fernanda Cordeiro de Almeida Faust (PhD in History, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, and Master’s in Development and Environment, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil) works in the area of Historical Ecology.  During her PhD she undertook an internship at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), as a visiting researcher at the Centro de História de Além e de Aquém Mar (CHAM), carrying out research in various Portuguese institutions: the Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo,  the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and the Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino. In TRADITION, Fernanda will work in the field of paleography, performing the transcription, analysis and synthesis of historical documents from the 17th to19th centuries that deal with fishing and the power relations of maritime societies in Portuguese America.

Jessica Ferreira (Postgraduate student in Sustainability and the Environment, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR), Brazil, and BSc in Biological Sciences with emphasis on Environment and Biodiversity, Universidade da Região de Joinville (UNIVILLE), Brazil) is a biologist with 8 years of experience specializing in the zooarchaeological analysis of sambaquis in Babitonga Bay (Brazil). Her research has contributed to the identification of species that had previously not been registered in the region and hsa raised new dialogues about interactions between paleofauna and pre-colonial peoples. In TRADITION, Jessica is analyzing zooarchaeological material from the Sambaqui Morro do Ouro, located in Babitonga Bay, to investigate possible anthropic influences on pre-colonial hunting, gathering and fishing in order to support interpretations in the field of conservation biology.

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, Brazil) 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.

Dione da Rocha Bandeira (PhD in History, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil) is a Brazilian archaeologist specializing in the study of faunal remains and cultural heritage management. She is a Professor and Director of the Postgraduate Course in Archaeology at the Universidade da Região de Joinville (UNIVILLE), Brazil. She is also an archaeologist at the Museu Arqueológico de Sambaqui de Joinville (MASJ), where she oversees the study of faunal remains, and the conservation and management of sambaquis and other archaeological sites in the region, including their surveillance in areas under increasing urban and industrial development. Dione is a Senior Scientist on TRADITION and will help coordinate the analyis of faunal remains.

Advisory Board

Project Managers

  • Susana Aragón Rodrigo,
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Jo Tozer,
    University of York
  • David Lauder,
    University of York


  • Milena Ramires,
    Universidade de Santa Cecilia (UNISANTA)
  • Luciane Zanenga,
    Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
  • 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)
  • 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,
    Universidade de São Paulo
  • Carlos Alberto Etchevarne,
    Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
  • Fernanda Borba,
    Museu Arqueológico de Sambaqui de Joinville (MASJ)
  • Rafael Cortelletti,
    Universidade Federal de Pelotas
  • Marta Cremer,
    Universidade da Região de Joinville (UNIVILLE)
  • Sady Pereira do Carmo Junior,
    Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)
  • Tania Andrade Lima,
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Geovan Martins Guimarães,
    Museu Nacional da Universidade Federal Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Clarice Sampaio Alho,
    Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)


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