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Neotropical Paleoecology Research Group(NPRG)

Jacob Schiferl

PhD student


Jacob Schiferl

Research interests:

I am an alumnus of the University of Maryland where I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with a focus in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. I completed my Master’s of Science in Ecology at The Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2015. My thesis work included paleoecology where I looked at how historical vegetation assemblages have responded to climate change through time in an attempt to better understand vegetation response to current climate change conditions.

My Thesis was entitled A Paleoecological Analysis of Lake Palotoa, Peru and the aim of my research was to reconstruct the history of the vegetation around Lake Palotoa for the past 3700 years. Lake Palotoa is located on the eastern flank of the Peruvian Andes (1730m elevation, 12.493 °S 71.419 °W). I was able to reconstruct vegetation in the past by identifying and analyzing fossilized pollen within a sediment core retrieved from the lake. Additionally, I looked for signs of human occupation and disturbance at the site by analyzing the amount of charcoal present in the sediment. Currently, I am in the process of publishing my thesis work.