Skip to main content

News & Events

Noon seminar - Tectonic geomorphology and soil edaphics as controls on animal migrations and early

Monday, April 01, 2019, 12:15PM - 1:15PM


Simon Kübler



SEEC room S228

Full title

Tectonic geomorphology and soil edaphics as controls on animal migrations and early human settlement and dispersal


The physical landscape forms the basis for the development of animal and human habitats. Studying the interaction between fauna and environment therefore requires information on the character and evolution of landscapes. Knowledge and techniques derived from tectonic geomorphology can provide this information and be adapted to research in palaeoanthropology, archaeology and ancient and modern land use.

In this talk I aim to present how complex landscapes in tectonically and volcanically active regions in combination with heterogeneously distributed soil nutrients and associated movements of large mammals have constrained patterns of human subsistence and dispersal in different stages of human evolution.

Using examples from key early-hominin sites in the Kenyan part of the East African Rift (Olorgesailie and Kariandusi), as well as preliminary data from a study carried out in southern Oregon, USA, I will show how the combination of tectonic, geochemical and soil-edaphic analysis in conjunction with the observed locations of stone-tool or fossil assemblages can highlight patterns of early human strategic landscape exploitation.


Coffee and cookies will be served in the hallway outside S228 at 11:45.


Free and open to the public.