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
Franco, N. V., Brook, G. A., Guraieb, S. G., Mancini, M. V., Guarido, A. L., Mehl, A., & Montenegro, T. (2017). Reuse of burial sites during the late holocene: evidence from multiple human burials at the Río Bote 1 rockshelter, upper Santa Cruz river basin (southern Patagonia, Argentina). Latin American Antiquity, 28(4), 476–494. https://doi.org/10.1017/laq.2017.35
Echeverria, M. E., Bamonte, F. P., Marcos, M. A., Sottile, G. D., & Mancini, M. V. (2017). Palaeohydric balance variations in eastern Andean environments in southern Patagonia (48°-52.5° S): Major trends and forcings during the last ca. 8000 cal yrs. BP. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 246, 242–250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.07.006
Bamonte, F. P., Mancini, M. V., Sottile, G. D., Marcos, M. A., & Gogorza, C. (2015). Vegetation dynamics from Lago San Martín area (Southwest Patagonia, Argentina) during the last 6,500 years. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 24(2), 267–277.
Sottile, G., Echeverria, M., Mancini, M., Bianchi, M., Marcos, M., & Bamonte, F. (2015). Eastern Andean environmental and climate synthesis for the last 2000 years BP from terrestrial pollen and charcoal records of Patagonia. Climate of the Past Discussions, 11, 2121–2157.
Horta, L. R., Marcos, M. A., Bozzuto, D. L., Mancini, M. V., & Sacchi, M. (2016). Paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental variations in the area of the Pueyrredón, Posadas and Salitroso lakes, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, during the Holocene and its relationship with occupational dynamics. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 449, 541–552.
Franco, N. V., Brook, G. A., Mancini, M. V., & Vetrisano, L. (2016). Changes in lithic technology and environment in southern continental Patagonia: the Chico and Santa Cruz River basins. Quaternary International, 422, 57–65. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S104061821530077X
Brook, G. A., Mancini, M. V., Franco, N. V., Bamonte, F., & Ambrústolo, P. (2013). An examination of possible relationships between paleoenvironmental conditions during the Pleistocene–Holocene transition and human occupation of southern Patagonia (Argentina) east of the Andes, between 46° and 52° S. Quaternary International, 305, 104–118. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618212033083
Mancini, M. V., & Graham, M. (2014). Registros polínicos de depósitos del Holoceno en el sudeste de Patagonia, Argentina: Su aplicación en la reconstrucción paleoambiental. Ameghiniana, 51(3), 194–208. Retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.5710/AMGH.01.01.2014.1068
Marcos, M. A., & Mancini, M. V. (2012). Comunidades vegetales de la costa norte del Golfo San Matías, Río Negro, Argentina. Ecología Austral, 22(3), 188–194. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?pid=S1667-782X2012000300004&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
Mancini, M. V., Franco, N. V., & Brook, G. A. (2013). Palaeoenvironment and early human occupation of southernmost South America (South Patagonia, Argentina). Quaternary International, 299, 13–22. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618212030960
Co-Director
Dr. Aldo R. Prieto
Professor

Researcher CONICET

Mourelle, D., Prieto, A. R., & García-Rodríguez, F. (2017). Riparian woody vegetation history in the campos region, southeastern South America, during two time windows: late Pleistocene and late Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews, 167, 14–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.04.024
Prieto, A. R. (2016). La paleontología en la Argentina del centenario. Revista Del Museo de La Plata, 1, 205–216. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312919935_La_Paleontologia_en_la_Argentina_del_Centenario
Mourelle Civano, D., Prieto, A. R., Perez, L., Garcia Rodriguez, F., & Borel, C. M. (2015). Mid and late Holocene multiproxy analysis of environmental changes linked to sea-level fluctuation and climate variability of the Río de la Plata estuary. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 421, 75–88.
Mourelle, D., & Prieto, A. R. (2012). Modern pollen assemblages of surface samples and their relationships to vegetation in the campos region of Uruguay. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 181, 22–33. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034666712001364
Mourelle, D., Prieto, A. R., & García-Rodríguez, F. (2015). Cambios de la vegetación en la cuenca de la Laguna Merín, Uruguay, durante los últimos ca. 2000 cal. años AP. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia, 18, 509–520. Retrieved from http://www.sbpbrasil.org/assets/uploads/files/13_Mourelle_et_al_pg509a520_web.pdf
Prieto, A. R. (2014). Palinoteca de referencia del Laboratorio de Paleoecología y Palinologia, Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina. Boletín de La Asociación Latinoamericana de Paleobotánica y Palinología, 14, 49–53. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aldo_Prieto/publication/262272965_Palinoteca_de_referencia_del_Laboratorio_de_Paleoecologia_y_Palinologia_Departamento_de_Biologia_Facultad_de_Ciencias_Exactas_y_Naturales_Universidad_Nacional_de_Mar_del_Plata_Argentina/links/0deec53733e1780f12000000.pdf
Researchers
Dra. Silvina Stutz
Professor

Researcher CONICET

Messineo, P. G., Tonello, M. S., Stutz, S., Tripaldi, A., Scheifler, N., Pal, N., … Navarro, D. (2019). Human occupation strategies and related environmental-climate during the middle and late Holocene in central Pampas of Argentina. The Holocene, 29(2), 244–261. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683618810407
Stutz, S., Tonello, M. S., González-Sagrario, M. de los Á., Navarro, D., & Fontana, S. L. (2014). Historia ambiental de los lagos someros de la llanura Pampeana (Argentina) desde el Holoceno medio: Inferencias paleoclimáticas. Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis, 21(2), 119–138. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1851-49792014000200004
Piovano, E. L., Córdoba, F. E., & Stutz, S. (2014). Limnogeology in Southern South America: an overview. Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis, 21(2), 65–75. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1851-49792014000200001
Masciadri, S., Stutz, S., & García-Rodríguez, F. (2013). Modern pollen–vegetation relationship of plant communities in the Uruguayan Atlantic coast. Brazilian Journal of Botany, 36(1), 31–44.
Inda, H., García-Rodríguez, F., del Puerto, L., Stutz, S., Figueira, R. C. L., de Lima Ferreira, P. A., & Mazzeo, N. (2016). Discriminating between natural and human-induced shifts in a shallow coastal lagoon: A multidisciplinary approach. Anthropocene, 16, 1–15.
Dra. Marcela Sandra Tonello
Teacher Assistant

Researcher CONICET

Messineo, P. G., Tonello, M. S., Stutz, S., Tripaldi, A., Scheifler, N., Pal, N., … Navarro, D. (2019). Human occupation strategies and related environmental-climate during the middle and late Holocene in central Pampas of Argentina. The Holocene, 29(2), 244–261. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683618810407
Berman, A. L., Silvestri, G. E., & Tonello, M. S. (2018). On the differences between Last Glacial Maximum and Mid-Holocene climates in southern South America simulated by PMIP3 models. Quaternary Science Reviews, 185, 113–121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.02.003
Stutz, S., Tonello, M. S., González-Sagrario, M. de los Á., Navarro, D., & Fontana, S. L. (2014). Historia ambiental de los lagos someros de la llanura Pampeana (Argentina) desde el Holoceno medio: Inferencias paleoclimáticas. Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis, 21(2), 119–138. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1851-49792014000200004
Berman, A. L., Silvestri, G. E., Rojas, M., & Tonello, M. S. (2017). Accelerated greenhouse gases versus slow insolation forcing induced climate changes in southern South America since the Mid-Holocene. Climate Dynamics, 48(1–2), 387–404.
Berman, A. L., Silvestri, G. E., & Tonello, M. S. (2016). Differences between Last Glacial Maximum and present-day temperature and precipitation in southern South America. Quaternary Science Reviews, 150, 221–233.
Dra. María Alejandra Marcos
Professor

Researcher CONICET

Echeverria, M. E., Bamonte, F. P., Marcos, M. A., Sottile, G. D., & Mancini, M. V. (2017). Palaeohydric balance variations in eastern Andean environments in southern Patagonia (48°-52.5° S): Major trends and forcings during the last ca. 8000 cal yrs. BP. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 246, 242–250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.07.006
Bamonte, F. P., Mancini, M. V., Sottile, G. D., Marcos, M. A., & Gogorza, C. (2015). Vegetation dynamics from Lago San Martín area (Southwest Patagonia, Argentina) during the last 6,500 years. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 24(2), 267–277.
Sottile, G., Echeverria, M., Mancini, M., Bianchi, M., Marcos, M., & Bamonte, F. (2015). Eastern Andean environmental and climate synthesis for the last 2000 years BP from terrestrial pollen and charcoal records of Patagonia. Climate of the Past Discussions, 11, 2121–2157.
Horta, L. R., Marcos, M. A., Bozzuto, D. L., Mancini, M. V., & Sacchi, M. (2016). Paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental variations in the area of the Pueyrredón, Posadas and Salitroso lakes, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, during the Holocene and its relationship with occupational dynamics. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 449, 541–552.
Marcos, M. A., & Mancini, M. V. (2012). Comunidades vegetales de la costa norte del Golfo San Matías, Río Negro, Argentina. Ecología Austral, 22(3), 188–194. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?pid=S1667-782X2012000300004&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
Dra. Florencia Paula Bamonte
Teacher Assistant

Researcher CONICET

Echeverria, M. E., Bamonte, F. P., Marcos, M. A., Sottile, G. D., & Mancini, M. V. (2017). Palaeohydric balance variations in eastern Andean environments in southern Patagonia (48°-52.5° S): Major trends and forcings during the last ca. 8000 cal yrs. BP. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 246, 242–250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.07.006
Bamonte, F. P., Mancini, M. V., Sottile, G. D., Marcos, M. A., & Gogorza, C. (2015). Vegetation dynamics from Lago San Martín area (Southwest Patagonia, Argentina) during the last 6,500 years. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 24(2), 267–277.
Sottile, G., Echeverria, M., Mancini, M., Bianchi, M., Marcos, M., & Bamonte, F. (2015). Eastern Andean environmental and climate synthesis for the last 2000 years BP from terrestrial pollen and charcoal records of Patagonia. Climate of the Past Discussions, 11, 2121–2157.
Brook, G. A., Mancini, M. V., Franco, N. V., Bamonte, F., & Ambrústolo, P. (2013). An examination of possible relationships between paleoenvironmental conditions during the Pleistocene–Holocene transition and human occupation of southern Patagonia (Argentina) east of the Andes, between 46° and 52° S. Quaternary International, 305, 104–118. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618212033083
Belardi, J. B., Barrientos, G., Bamonte, F., Espinosa, S., & Goñi, R. (2013). Paleoambientes y cronología de las ocupaciones cazadoras recolectoras de las cuencas de los lagos Tar y San Martín (provincia de Santa Cruz). Intersecciones En Antropología, 14(2), 459–475. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?pid=S1850-373X2013000200013&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
Dr. Gonzalo David Sottile
Researcher CONICET
Echeverria, M. E., Bamonte, F. P., Marcos, M. A., Sottile, G. D., & Mancini, M. V. (2017). Palaeohydric balance variations in eastern Andean environments in southern Patagonia (48°-52.5° S): Major trends and forcings during the last ca. 8000 cal yrs. BP. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 246, 242–250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.07.006
Bamonte, F. P., Mancini, M. V., Sottile, G. D., Marcos, M. A., & Gogorza, C. (2015). Vegetation dynamics from Lago San Martín area (Southwest Patagonia, Argentina) during the last 6,500 years. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 24(2), 267–277.
Sottile, G., Echeverria, M., Mancini, M., Bianchi, M., Marcos, M., & Bamonte, F. (2015). Eastern Andean environmental and climate synthesis for the last 2000 years BP from terrestrial pollen and charcoal records of Patagonia. Climate of the Past Discussions, 11, 2121–2157.
Graduate Students
Lic. Horacio Frazer
Doctoral Fellow
Lic. Guillermina Sánchez Vuichard
Doctoral Fellow