Terrestrische Paläoklimatologie

Iván Rey-Rodríguez, Dr.

Curriculum vitae

  • 2022- : Margarita Salas Post-doctoral Fellowship at Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

  • 2018-2021: PhD in Natural and Human Sciences at Muséum National d´Histoire Naturelle and Università degli Studi di Ferrara. PhD thesis “Reconstructing past climate and environment using rodent assemblages from the Middle to Late Pleistocene in Western Asia” with an excellent cum laude qualification.

  • 2013-2015: M.Sc. Erasmus Mundus in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution at Universitat Rovira i Virgilli.

  • 2009-2013: B.Sc in History at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.

Research interests

Rodents remain are generally abundant and well preserved in paleontological and archaeological assemblages. Through them we can reconstruct one of the most exciting scientific topics, the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic conditions where hominin developed their activities.

My research career has been focused on the study of small mammals as a primary paleoenvironmental proxy, first on North-Western Iberian Peninsula and for my PhD, I mainly worked on Western Asia small mammals, including Taxonomy, Taphonomy, two dimensional Geometric Morphometrics, Palaeoecology and Paleoclimatology.

Now I am currently working on the possibility to offer alternatives and new approaches that could be easily applicable for systematic and taphonomic rodent studies. I propose applying up-to-date methodologies and approaches on teeth morphology analyses through the study of the internal and external morphological rodent teeth characters. For this research I will use cutting-edge methods, such as micro-Computed tomography and three dimensional Geometric Morphometric approaches.

Five selected publications

2021 de Lombera-Hermida, A., Rodríguez-Álvarez, X.P., Ameijenda Iglesias, A., Díaz-Rodríguez, M., Rey-Rodríguez, I.,Valverde-Tejedor, I.,Pérez-Alberti, A., Cunha, P., Bal-García, H., Aldea-Moreira, X., Lorenzo-Salgueiro, C., Mosquera-Castro, T., Fábregas-Valcarce, R. Between two worlds: Cova Eirós and the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in NW Iberia. Comptes Rendus Palevol 20 (42): 859-886. https://doi.org/10.5852/cr-palevol2021v20a42

2021 Rey-Rodríguez, I., Arnaud, J., López-García, J.M., Stoetzel, E., Denys, C., Cornette, R., Bazgir, B. Distinguishing between three modern Ellobius species (Rodentia, Mammalia) and identification of fossil Ellobius from Kaldar Cave (Iran) using geometric morphometric analyses of the first lower molar. Palaeontologia Electronica 24 (1):a01, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.26879/1122.

2020 Rey-Rodríguez, I., López-García, J.M., Blain, H-A., Stoetzel, E., Denys, C., Fernández-Garcia, M., Tumung, L., Ollé, A., Bazgir, B. Exploring the landscape and climatic conditions of Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans in the Middle East: the rodent assemblage from the late Pleistocene of Kaldar Cave (Khorramabad Valley, Iran). Quaternary Science Reviews 236, 106278. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106278.

2019 Rey-Rodríguez, I., Stoetzel, E., López-García, J.M., Denys, C. Implications of modern Barn owls pellets analysis for archaeological studies in the Middle East. Journal of Archaeological Science 111, 105029. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.JAS.2019.105029.

2017 Bazgir, B., Ollé, A., Tumung, L., Becerra-Valdivia, L., Douka, K., Higham, T., Van Der Made, J., Picin, A., Saladié, P., López-Garciá, J.M., Blain, H.A., Allué, E., Fernández-Garciá, M., Rey-Rodríguez, I., Arceredillo, D., Bahrololoumi, F., Azimi, M., Otte, M., Carbonell, E. Understanding the emergence of modern humans and the disappearance of Neanderthals: Insights from Kaldar Cave (Khorramabad Valley; Western Iran). Scientific Reports 7. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep43460