Funded MSc Opportunity

for the

Modelling of mineral dust transport at the last glacial maximum

Call for applications for one MSc position in modelling mineral dust transport at the last glacial maximum directed through the Department of Geography, Université de Montréal, Canada.

Project: The MSc graduate position is part of a broader FRQSC-funded project under the Hominin Dispersals Research Group which studies the interaction between hominids and their environment in the goal to understand the impact of environmental variability in the evolution of both the culture and biology of humans. The results of this research programme will help fill significant gaps in our understanding of the fate of Neanderthals and the history of human colonisation of Europe as well as contributing to a better understanding of the range of reactions human societies display in the face of climate change with implications for the future. The specific objectives of the project are: 1) to use high-resolution climate simulations (14 km2 ) to create detailed, dynamic spatial models of the geographic distribution of modern human and Neanderthal populations in Western Europe during the last glacial period to track the responses of Neanderthal and modern human populations to environmental change at a critical period in their biological and cultural evolution, and; 2) to evaluate the relative importance of two hypothetical dispersal routes for modern humans entering Western Europe: 1) the Middle Danube and the Rhône valley corridor; 2) the Mediterranean route, which connects coastal Italy (Liguria) to France and the Iberian Peninsula.

Requirements: The ideal candidate should have strong analytical skills, including knowledge of data analysis tools (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, PCI geomatica, ENVI/IDL, FORTRAN, etc) and statistical analysis (e.g. R, Matlab, etc). The project involves computational / analytical components in coordination with empirical studies, thus preference will be given to those with experience in (or the willingness to learn) field data collection and computer programming. The selected candidate will work with Dr. James King (Geography) and will receive a funding package for the two years of their graduate degree, comprising of a mix of bursaries and teaching / research assistantships. The preferred start date is September 2018.

Application: If interested, please send (1) your CV, (2) your grade point averages for your previous programs (transcripts) and (3) a brief statement of qualifications for this position to: Please consult the department website, the HDRG website, and that of Dr. King, to learn more about the departments and the project.

UDEM News 04/16/2018

Surviving climate change, then and now


About "Human adaptations to climatic change in Liguria across the Middle–Upper Paleolithic transition," by Julien Riel‐Salvatore and  Fabio Negrino, published April 3, 2018 in the Journal of Quaternary Science.


83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Washington, DC (April 11 - 15, 2018)

April 28, 2018. Session 219.



(Sponsored by Hominin Dispersals Research Group).

Room: Marriott Salon 1
Time: 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Chairs: Dario Guiducci, Simon Paquin and Colin Wren

1:00 Julien Riel-Salvatore —Discussant
1:15 Michelle Drapeau and Jesseca Paquette—Habitat Preferences in Early
Hominins and the Origin of the Human Lineage
1:30 Michael Bisson—Uses and Limitations of the “Sangoan” for Understanding
Hominin Mobility and Dispersals: An Example from Northeastern Zambia
1:45 Simon Paquin and Ariane Burke—Evaluating the Impact of Climatic and
Environmental Conditions on AMH Initial Dispersal into Western Europe
2:00 Genevieve Pothier Bouchard, Fabio Negrino, Julien Riel-Salvatore and Pascale
Tremblay—Zooarchaeological insights into modern human mobility at Riparo
2:15 C. Michael Barton and Julien Riel-Salvatore—You’re Going to Carry That Weight
a Long Time
2:30 Questions and Answers
2:45 Dario Guiducci and Ariane Burke—A GIS Approach to Landscape Legibility and
Its Role in Late Pleistocene Hominin Dispersals
3:00 Luc Doyon—Aurignacian Projectile Points Do Not Represent a Proxy for the
Initial Dispersal of Homo sapiens into Europe: Insights from Geometric
3:15 Colin Wren and Ariane Burke—Landscape Connectivity, Habitat Suitability and
Cultural Transmission during the Last Glacial Maximum in Western Europe
3:30 Rhiannon Stevens, Hazel Reade, Sophy Charlton and Jennifer Tripp—The
UpNorth Project: Environment Context of Late and Final Palaeolithic Dispersals
3:45 Jennifer Bracewell—A GIS Approach to Understanding Post-sedentary Hunter-
Gatherers: A Case from Northern Finland
4:00 Andre Costopoulos—The Impact on Mobility of Regional Variability in Rates of
Environmental Change: An Agent-Based Simulation Approach
4:15 William Davies—Discussant