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In southern Spain we seek to determine changes in vegetation and disturbance histories from the Sierra Nevada, which has a long and varied history of human impact.
Research in Spain

The Sierra Nevada in southern Spain is the second highest mountain range in Europe, behind the Alps. The mountain range was glaciated most recently during the Little Ice Age, but evidence of previous glaciation is common in high elevation valleys. This region has been impacted by the Tartessians, Visigoths, Romans, and Moors as well as the modern Spanish nation.

The research is an international collaboration between researchers at Northern Arizona University (R. Scott Anderson and Dr. Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno), the Universidad de Granada (Dra. Carmen Pérez-Martínez, Dr. Regino Zamora), the Sierra Nevada Natural Park (Dr. Javier Sanchez, Park Director) and the Universidad de Murcia (Dr. Jose Carrión). In August of 2006 the research team took its first sediment cores from high elevation lakes and bogs within the mountain range.

For more about our Spain research, view an annotated slideshow.