The research group constitutes the Paleoecology and Palynology Laboratory (PPL), which is a unit of scientific research, specialized in recent pollen-vegetation relationship and Late-Quaternary palynology and paleoecology. The PPL was formalized in 1992 in the Biology Department, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (FCEyN) of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMDP). Since its creation, the efforts of the PPL have been focused on both research and postgraduate training in modern and Late-Quaternary palynological analysis. The members of the PPL are linked to the Biology Department and the Coastal Geology and Quaternary Institute (FCEyN-UNMDP) by the teaching activity, and it is with this activity that we have articulated the research. In the case of undergraduate teaching, we participate in the following degree courses: Plant Biology, Epistemology and History of Science, General Geology, Introduction to Biology, Vascular Plants, Paleobiology and Environmental Geomorphology. In recent years, we have organized and participated in postgraduate coursesrelated to the Late-Quaternary palynological analysis in the FCEyN of the UNMDP, the Universidad Nacional del Sur (Bahía Blanca), Universidad Nacional del Centro (Olavarría), the Argentine Paleontological Association (A.P.A.), Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). We organized the IX and XIV Argentine Symposium on Paleobotany and Palynology in 1994 and 2009, respectively in Mar del Plata city.

Late-Quaternarypaleoecology

Sub-Antarctic forests and forest-steppe ecotone vegetation dynamic and history of fires;

Coastal wetlands vegetation changes in relation to sea level fluctuations during the Holocene;

Holocene development of plant communities and the evolution of aquatic systems from shallow lakes of the Pampa plain;

Dynamics of changes in the grasslands and steppes of the Rio de la Plata and Patagonia areas;

Paleoenvironments in temperate and semi-arid areas of Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil;

Palynology of archaeological sites and archeopalinology;

Qualitative and quantitative paleoclimatic reconstructions.

Director
Dra. María Virginia Mancini
Professor
Co-Director
Dr. Aldo R. Prieto
Professor

Researcher CONICET

Researchers
Dra. Silvina Stutz
Professor

Researcher CONICET

Dra. Marcela Sandra Tonello
Teacher Assistant

Researcher CONICET

Dra. María Alejandra Marcos
Professor

Researcher CONICET

Dra. Florencia Paula Bamonte
Teacher Assistant

Researcher CONICET

Dr. Gonzalo David Sottile
Researcher CONICET
Graduate Students
Lic. Horacio Frazer
Doctoral Fellow
Lic. Guillermina Sánchez Vuichard
Doctoral Fellow