Dr. José (Josephine) Joordens

  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • human origins
  • paleoclimatology
  • paleoecology
  • archaeomalacology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2931
E-Mail: j.c.a.joordens@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Human Origins
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A118a


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My research interests center on reconstruction of paleoclimate and paleoenvironments in relation to human evolution, especially the emergence of early Homo.  In the past 5 years I have been involved in geochemical (strontium isotope) analyses on fish and shell remains from Early Pleistocene deposits of the Turkana Basin in Kenya, in collaboration with the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP, Kenya), Turkana Basin Institute (TBI, Stony Brook) and the Paleontology Department of National Museums of Kenya (Nairobi).

In addition, together with researchers from Naturalis, I reconstructed aquatic paleoenvironments at the Homo erectus site Trinil (Indonesia) and assessed the relevance of these habitats for hominin diets.

Perhaps because I was originally trained as a marine biologist, I am especially interested in the role of freshwater and marine aquatic ecosystems, coastal habitats and aquatic resources in human evolution.  My main objective for the coming period is to continue work on the bivalve shell collection from Trinil, that is housed in the Dubois Collection at Naturalis. The bivalve molluscs may have been collected and consumed by the hominins that were living there, and we found indications for presence of shell tools in the collections. I will also continue my work on paleoclimate and paleoenvironments in the Turkana Basin, the famous “cradle of mankind”.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016