Post-doc Researcher in Focus

Dr Laura Llorente-Rodríguez  and the FISHARC (FIShing Ancient Resources to address current Concerns)project

Lab work

Lab work            Machines

Historic landing records can be inaccurate or incomplete, and are usually only available for the last few centuries. Thus, archaeological information from the relatively recent past potentially represents ecological baselines far removed from ‘pristine’ or pre-industrial conditions. Laura’s research is testing if the mean size of selected fish taxa has decreased since the Palaeolithic in the Northeast Atlantic, and it is attempting to detect significant decline in the mean trophic levels.  Additionally, the project is investigating long distance commerce with the increasing fish trade in Spain since the Middle Ages. This may include the activity of the Castilian fisheries operating in Scottish and Irish waters, on the one hand, and Newfoundland, in the other. By analysing carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes from bulk collagen and single amino acids, the projects aim is to track down any trophic level decline through time in the Northeast Atlantic, the first and main catchment areas for the European hake and the development of long distance trade.                                                             

Laura's background is in natural science but the Department of Archaeology at the University of York is providing opportunities to work closely in a true interdisciplinary environment. From her research she is learning not only the most up-to-date isotopic techniques but is also benefiting from regular discussions with archaeologists, chemists and other biologists. Coupled with its state-of-the-art facilities, the department and its BioArCh centre are the ideal place to develop skills for a Marie Slodowska-Curie postdoctoral research. 


Dr. Laura Llorente-Rodríguez is a Marie Curie Research Fellow and she is a member of the research group ‘Laboratorio de Arqueozología-UAM’ at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).