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Valentí Rull

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Paleoecologist - biologist (1981), PhD ecology (1990)

Senior Researcher - Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Associate Researcher - Catalan Institute of Paleontology (ICP).

Featured in the Stanford ranking of the world's top scientists (top-0.5% paleontologists and top-10 palynologists). Read more

Publications: 15 books and >300 papers (>200 in JCR journals), 75% as first/single author. Download the full publication record

Research interests: (paleo)ecology, evolution and biogeography

Temporal scope: Cenozoic

Biogeographical scope: tropical, subtropical and temperate terrestrial biomes


  • It's official: the proposal of the 'Anthropocene' as a new geological epoch has been rejected by the International Union of Geological Sciences (21 March 2024). Read more.

  • For the fifth consecutive year since its launch in 2019, I have been listed in the Stanford ranking of the world's top-cited scientists (2 January 2024). Read more

CURRENT RESEARCH (PE, published examples)

  • Origin and evolution of Caribbean mangroves under the influence of natural (tectonic, climatic, eustatic) and anthropogenic drivers. Late Cretaceous to present. PE

  • Evolutionary origin of Neotropical biodiversity and environmental drivers involved, with emphasis on paleogeographic and paleoclimatic shifts. Eocene to present. PE

  • Neogene climates and vegetation of the western Mediterranean (NE Iberian Peninsula), and their relationship with vertebrate evolution. PE

  • Historical biogeography of Cannabis in the Iberian Peninsula and its relationship with cultural shifts. Late Pleistocene to present. PE

  • Lateglacial and Holocene vegetation and landscape shifts in the Iberian Pyrenees, with emphasis on spatiotemporal anthropization patterns. PE

  • Influence of human settlement on the flora and vegetation of Atlantic (Azores) and Pacific (Easter Island) oceanic islands. Late Holocene. PE

  • The Anthropocene/Anthropozoic as a new geological epoch/era: empirical clues and conceptual insights. PE

  • Applications of paleoecological and evolutionary knowledge to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. PE

  • Science & society issues: sixth extinction, evolutionary laws, predictability. PE

























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