W2 Professor and Lise Meitner Group Leader of the Pan African
Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

ERC IslandLab Project

The ERC funded IslandLab project is an exciting new project that will document long-term legacies and feedbacks between ecological changes, societal responses and ecosystem resilience on the Maltese Islands. IslandLab builds on a pilot - the Malta Quaternary Palaeoecologies Project (MQP). MQP was  begun in 2019, funded by the Foyle Research institute, U.K. In 2020, further funding was received from the University of Malta, where Dr Scerri holds an affilated associate professorship. IslandLab's key partners include the University of Malta and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. While the IslandLab project is new, it will build in the findings of the MQP and its established personnel and collaborators.

Students include:

Ms. Rochelle Xerri, MRes in mammalian microfauna

Postdoctoral researchers include:

Dr Leila D'Souza, cervid palaeontology

Dr James Blinkhorn, fieldwork director

Collaborators include:

Prof. Nicholas Vella (Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta)

Dr Maxine Anastasi (Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta)

Dr Ritienne Gauci (Department of Geography, University of Malta)

Dr Reuben Grima (Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Malta)

Mr Kevin Borda (Superintendency of Cutural Heritage, Malta)

Dr Huw Groucutt (Extreme Events group, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, German)

Prof. Ian Candy (Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, U.K.)

Dr Maria Guagnin (Free University of Berlin)

Mr Vincent Haburaj (Free University of Berlin)