Research methods Major research methods include diatom analysis, geochemical analysis of volcanic glass, geochemistry, particle size analysis, mineralogy, stable isotope analysis and mineral magnetic analysis.

PAGES activities The study area lies at the heart of the PEP1 transect. One of the proposed PAGES continental drilling sites is the Basin of . Output from almost all sites falls , ENVIRONMENT within the interest of LIMPACS. Collaborators & PEOPLE IN Major collaborators in the UK include: Philip Barker and Richard Telford, University of Lancaster; Charlotte Bryant, NERC Radiocarbon Laboratory; Gordon Cook and Gus MacKenzie, SUERC; John Farmer, Roy Thompson and Sandy Tudhope, The University of Edinburgh.

Sarah Metcalfe, John Braisby†, Ann Breen, Sarah Davies, Mexican collaborators include Beatriz Ortega Guerrero, Margarita Caballero, Andrew Dugmore, Peter Furley, Malcolm Murray and Anthony Newton Jose Luis Macias and Ana Lillian Martin del Pozzo, Instituto de Geofisica, UNAM; Arturo Chacón, The University of Michoacan. Research in Belize has been Department of Geography, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9XP supported by the Department, Ministry of Natural Resources; the † Department of Geology & Geophysics, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 Department of Archaeology; Programme for Belize; The Belize Audubon Society; The Las Cuevas Research Station. Contacts in Cuba include: Jose Hernandez- Santana, Institute of Tropical Geography, Havana; Fernando Ortega and Jesus Pajon, Institute of Geophysics, Academy of Sciences, Havana.

The known as MesoAmerica, together with the adjacent , offers Sponsors the opportunity to study climatic and environmental change in a sensitive area of This work has been funded by The Leverhulme Trust, The Carnegie Trust for the the northern hemisphere . Human exploitation of the region has been Universities of Scotland, The Gilchrist Educational Trust, The Dudley Stamp intensive and relationships between climate, people and environment are Memorial Trust, The Royal Society and the National Geographic Society. Ann complex. Breen and John Braisby are in receipt of NERC studentships.

Research is being undertaken in Mexico, Belize and Cuba to address a range of V N I E R U S E I T H Y LANCASTER themes including: T NATIONAL The Leverhulme Trust U N I V E R S I T Y O H GEOGRAPHIC Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre F G E R D I N B U ! Climatic change over the last glacial cycle; ! Drought episodes during the Further information ! The impact of volcanic activity on the palaeolimnological record Copies of this poster (in pdf format) are available from the website: ! Environmental histories of the last 500 , high resolution records of climatic www.geo.ed.ac.uk/~ajn/pages.html. Members of this project can also be change and human impact contacted via the Department of Geography’s website: www.geo.ed.ac.uk