The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of the multi-disciplinary, international research team working on the project “EvoCave: Investigating 122 000 years of high-latitude faunal diversity using palaeozoology, archaeology, palaeoecology and ancient DNA” funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project we excavate and analyse sediments and fossil remains from cave deposits in northern Norway. These caves provide a rare opportunity for the comparative, interdisciplinary analyses of a high-latitude ecosystem throughout the last interglacial-glacial cycle and into the Holocene. The postdoctoral fellow will join a strong team of scientists from the fields of evolutionary biology, palaeozoology, geology, geochronology, archaeology, aDNA and genomics. The project will evaluate hypotheses on the northern limits of boreal ecosystems and mammals in the Arctic and their responses to dramatic shifts in climate during a pre-industrial epoch. The first excavation took place in 2021, a second excavation is planned for late summer 2022. The postdoctoral fellow has a central role in the project, bringing together the palaeoenvironmental, geochronological and palaeobiological analyses of the excavated records, to form an interdisciplinary framework in which hypotheses are explored together with the project team. Moreover, the postdoctoral fellow will integrate the palaeoenvironmental data in a geographically and stratigraphically broader perspective, and perform comparative analyses with other Eurasian Late Quaternary high latitudinal data.
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