González Sampériz, Penélope

González Sampériz, Penélope

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My multidisciplinary formation in both Geography and History has been essential to focus my research lines. Thus, I have always been interested in the palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, vegetation dynamic and past climate changes, using Palynology as main method. Then, my work line is mainly focused to study different types of Quaternary records (from the Late Pleistocene and Holocene) in the Iberian Peninsula, aiming a realistic approximation to vegetation changes and their interaction with climatic and / or anthropogenic variations, always in a multiproxy context.

One of the main topics of my research is the study of human-climate interactions in the past, taking into account the influence of abrupt climate changes in patterns of human occupation and migrations, including extinctions and cultural collapses.

I am developing my research to detect abrupt changes in the vegetation cover as a response to significant variations in the controlling factors. Understanding the forcings of vegetation changes and their influence in human societies during the past millennia and centuries, will serve to better model and predict the effects of the current climatic change in our environment.







  •  ≈ González-Sampériz, P; J Aranbarri, A Pérez-Sanz, G Gil-Romera, A Moreno, M Leunda, M Sevilla-Callejo, JP Corella, M Morellón, B Oliva-Urcia, & B Valero-Garcés. (In press). Environmental and Climate Change in the Southern Central Pyrenees since the Last Glacial Maximum: a view from the lake records. Catena (DOI 10.1016/j.catena.2016.07.041)

  • ≈ Montes, L; R Domingo, P González-Sampériz, M Sebastián, J Aranbarri, P Castaños, LM García-Simón, M Alcolea, R Laborda (2016). Landscape, resources and people during Mesolithic and Neolithic times in NE Iberia: The Arba de Biel Basin. Quaternary International, 403: 133-150

  • ≈ García-Ruiz, JM; D Palacios, P González-Sampériz, N de Andrés, A Moreno, B Valero-Garcés & A Gómez-Villar (2016). Mountain glacier evolution in the Iberian Peninsula during the Younger Dryas. Quaternary Science Reviews, 138: 16-30
    Aranbarri, J; P González-Sampériz, E. Iriarte, A. Moreno, M. Rojo-Guerra, L. Peña-Chocarro, B. Valero-Garcés, M Leunda, E García-Prieto, M Sevilla-Callejo, G. Gil-Romera, D. Magri & Rodríguez-Lázaro, J. (2015). Human–landscape interactions in the Conquezuela–Ambrona Valley (Soria, continental Iberia): From the early Neolithic land use to the origin of the current oak woodland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 436: 41-57

  • ≈ Gil-Romera, G; P González-Sampériz, L Lasheras, M Sevilla-Callejo, A Moreno, B Valero-Garcés, L López-Merino, A Pérez Sanz, J Aranbarri, E García-Prieto Fronce. (2014). Long-term biomass-modulated fire dynamics at the Central Pyrenees (Spain). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 402: 113-124

  • ≈ Aranbarri, J; P González-Sampériz, B Valero-Garcés, A Moreno, G Gil-Romera, M Sevilla-Callejo, F Di Rita, E García-Prieto, P Mata, M Morellón, D Magri, J. Rodriguez-Lázaro & J Carrión. (2014). Rapid climatic changes and resilient vegetation during the Lateglacial and Holocene in a continental region of south-western Europe. Global and Planetary Change, 114: 50–65

  • ≈ Pérez-Sanz, A., Li, G., González-Sampériz, P., Harrison, S.P. (2014). Evaluation of modern and mid-Holocene seasonal precipitation of the Mediterranean and northern Africa in the CMIP5 simulations. Climate of the Past Past, 10, 551–568

  • ≈ Pérez-Sanz, A; P González-Sampériz; A Moreno; B Valero-Garcés; G Gil-Romera; M Rieradevall; P Tarrats; L Lasheras-Álvarez; M Morellón; Á Belmonte; C Sancho; M Sevilla-Callejo; A Navas (2013). Holocene climate variability, vegetation dynamics and fire regimen in the Central Pyrenees: the Basa de la Mora sequence (NE Spain). Quaternary Science Reviews, 73: 149-169

  • González-Sampériz, P.;  E. García-Prieto, J. Aranbarri, B.L. Valero-Garcés, A. Moren1, G. Gil-Romera, M. Sevilla-Callejo, L. Santos, M. Morellón, P. Mata, A. Andrade & J.S. Carrión (2013). Reconstrucción paleoambiental del último ciclo glacial-interglacial en la Iberia continental: la secuencia del Cañizar de Villarquemado (Teruel). Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica n 39 (1): pp. 31-60.

  • ≈ Moreno, A., González-Sampériz, P., Morellón, M; Valero-Garcés, B. L., Fletcher, W. (2012). Northern Iberian abrupt climate change dynamics during the last glacial cycle: A view from lacustrine sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36: 139-153

  • Rull, V;·P. González-Sampériz;  B Valero-Garcés; P. Corella; M. Morellón,  S. Giralt (2011). Vegetation changes in the southern Pyrenean flank during the last millennium in relation to climate and human activities: the Montcortès lacustrine record. Journal of Palaeolimnology  46 (3), 387-404.

  • González-Sampériz, P; Leroy, S; Carrión, J; Fernández, S; García-Antón, M; Gil-García, M; Uzquiano, P; Valero-Garcés, B. & Figueiral, I. (2010). Steppes, Savannahs, Forests and Phytodiversity Reservoirs during the Pleistocene in the Iberian Peninsula. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 162, 427-457




  • An essential point and necessary effort of researchers with the society is making outreach events. This requirement implies, in my case, both personal and institutional activities because I’m the leader of the “Outreach Commission of IPE-CSIC”. Different workshops and activities take part of a yearly calendar, in which I also include my participation in the CMYC Commission (Women and Science in the CSIC), talks and workshops in the primary school and collaboration/implication of citizens in some projects.

  • If at the beginning of the 20th century main efforts were made for expand general literacy in the whole society, now, during the 21th century, work must be focused in the scientific literacy. People must know what is science (including humanities), why science is so important for them (i.e., to take correct and reasoned decisions in their life) and what they can do for science, now if they are adults, and in the future if they are still children.

  • Thus, at the IPE-CSIC we make hard efforts to improve the knowledge about science and about the CSIC in our main regional area impact (Zaragoza, Jaca and Aragón) but also at a bigger scale using multimedia services and social networks.