Thijs van Kolfschoten
Faculty of Archaeology
P.O. Box 9515
Leiden 2300 RA
Thijs van Kolfschoten studied Geology and Biology and
obtained his Ph.D. in Palaeontology, at the Institute of Earth Sciences,
University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). After a research position at the
Institute of Palaeontology, University of Bonn (Germany) he moved to Leiden
University (The Netherlands) where he is now Professor in Palaeozoology and
Quaternary Biostratigraphy at the Faculty of Archaeology.
His main fields of interest are Quaternary mammals,
biostratigraphy and palaeoecology. His palaeontological research focuses on
continental deposits with an age that ranges from the Early Pleistocene until
the early Holocene. Early Pleistocene faunas under study are e.g. new discovered
mammalian assemblage from the Netherlands (Tegelen-Maalbeek and Zuurland).
A major research project is the study of the mammalian
vertebrate fossils from a sequence exposed at Schöningen (Germany); a sequence
that is important in the debate on the late Middle Pleistocene climatic and
faunal history. Changes in Late Pleistocene and early Holocene ecosystems in the
northern latitudes in Eurasia are investigated in close collaboration with
Russian colleagues in a recent project entitled: The Collapse of the Mammoth
Steppe ecosystem (COMSEC).
Van Kolfschoten is secretary of the IUGS Subcommission
Quaternary stratigraphy, Vice-president of the INQUA committee on Stratigraphy
and Chronology and a.o. regional editor (Europe) of Quaternary International,
member of the editorial board of Quaternaire and member of the
steering-committee of APEX (Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes) that forms an
umbrella programme for European Arctic palaeoclimate research. Van Kolfschoten
is in addition member of the scientific advisory board of Senckenberg Research
Institute (Frankfurt, Germany) and the Centre of Archaeological Sciences (Leuven,
Van Kolfschoten is the director of a well equipped
laboratory for palaeozoological and archaeozoological studies at the Faculty of
Archaeology, Leiden University.