Thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates


SeaChanges provides state-of-the-art training to forge a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers able to operate at the interface of archaeology and marine biology. The seas are crucial to European economy, identity, and food security, as recognised by H2020 Blue Growth. Marine resource use has influenced European societies for millennia, and we in turn have impacted the seas. The need for long-term perspectives to inform marine management is becoming clear, but disciplinary silos hold back integration of archaeological data/approaches to this end. SeaChanges brings together experts from 7 leading institutions in archaeology, zoology, marine ecology & conservation biology, united by our recognition of this gap. We will pool our disparate skills and experience in an integrated training programme, creating a new generation of researchers who from the outset of their careers have the interdisciplinary understanding & skills required fully to realise the potential of archaeological remains to a) understand past marine resource use, b) assess past impacts, and c) use these to inform the present. SeaChanges will: 1) develop a truly interdisciplinary training platform, breaking down boundaries between archaeological & biological sciences. 2) improve understanding of the time depth of human use of and impact on key European marine species. 3) train a cohort of researchers who can communicate across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries, whose insights will drive the adoption of long-term perspectives into concepts of sustainable fishing. 4) increase cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral awareness of the potential of long-term perspectives in marine ecology. This is achieved via dedicated training in bioarchaeology, ecology, and communication, supporting a network of 15 complementary research projects that apply diverse methods to address both social and ecological themes, covering all of Europe's seas, key marine species, and timescales from decades to millennia.  

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Fausto Tinti

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali
Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

University Of York(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
University Of Copenhagen (Denmark)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Universiteit Of Groeningen Rijksuniversiteit Groningen-Faculty Gmw (Netherlands)
Universitetet I Oslo (Norway)
University Of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.218.207,84
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/04/2019
End Date: 31/03/2023

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Oceans This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 813383 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 813383