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Educational Background

  • 2014 PhD. in Biology. University of Barcelona (UB). Thesis title: Vegetation dynamics in relation to climate changes, geological processes and human impact at Easter Island since the Last Glacial. Advisors: Valentí Rull del Castillo and Alberto Sáez Ruiz
  • 2008 MSc. In Biology. Autonomous Universtity of Barcelona (DEA). Master Thesis title: Modern pollen sedimentation along and altitudinal gradient at Central Pyrenees, and their relationship to vegetation.
  • 2004. Degree in Biology. University of Barcelona (UB).


Research Interests

  • Palaeoecological applications of palynology
  • Biotic responses to environmental change and natural hazards
  • Vegetation-humans-climate interactions
  • Palaeoecology and global warming
  • High-mountain palaeoecology
  • Development of new palaeoecological proxies or techniques


Active Projects









Cañellas-Boltà, N., Riera-Mora, S., Orengo, H. A., Livardar, A., Knappett, C. Human management and landscape changes at Palaikastro (Eastern Crete) from the Late Neolithic to the Early Minoan period. Quaternary Science reviews (In press)


Garcés-Pastor, S., Cañellas-Boltà, N., Pèlachs, A., Soriano, J-M., Pérez-Obiol, R., Pérez-Haase, A., Calero, M.A., Andreu, O., Escolà, N., Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T., 2017. Environmental history and vegetation dynamics in response to climate variations and human pressure during the Holocene in Bassa Nera, Central Pyrenees. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 479 (2017) 48–60



Garcés, S., Cañellas-Boltà, N., Claveguera, A., Calero, M.A., Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T., 2016. Vegetation shifts, human impact and peat bog development in Bassa Nera pond (Central Pyrenees) during the last millennium. The Holocene 27, 553-565



Garcés-Pastor, S., Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T., Cañellas-Boltà, N., Rull, V., Calero, M.A., Giralt, S., Valero-Garcés, B., Gutiérrez, E., Camarero, J.J. Canvis limnològics i paisatgístics durant el darrer mil·lenni a l'estany de Sant Maurici: estudi multiproxy. Actes X Jornades sobre Recerca al Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, Espot, 2015




Margalef, O.; Cañellas-Boltà, N.; Pla-Rabes, S.; Giralt, S.; Pueyo, J. J.; Joosten, H.; Rull, V.; Buchaca, T.; Hernández, A.; Valero-Garcés, B. L.; Moreno, A.; Sáez, A. 2013. A 70,000 year geochemical and palaeoecological record of climatic and environmental change from Rano Aroi peatland (Easter Island). Global and Planetary Change 108, 72-84.

Rull, V., Cañellas-Boltà, N., Sáez, A., Margalef, O., Bao, R., Pla-Rabes, S., Valero- Garcés, B. & Giralt, S. 2013. Challenging Easter Island’s collapse: the need for interdisciplinary synergies. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 1: 3 (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2013.00003)*

Mercadé, A.; Vigo, J.; Rull, V.; Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T.; Garcés, S.; Lara, A.; Cañellas-Boltà, N. 2013. Vegetation and landscape around Lake Montcortès (Catalan pre-Pyrenees) as a tool for palaeoecological study of lake sediments. Collectanea Botanica 32, 87-101

Previous selected publications


Cañellas-Boltà, N.; Rull, V.; Sáez, A.; Margalef, O.; Giralt, S.; Pueyo, J.J.; Birks, H.H.; Birks, H.J.B.; Pla-Rabes, S. 2012. Macrofossils in Raraku Lake (Easter Island) integrated with sedimentary and geochemical records: towards a palaeoecological synthesis for the last 34,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 34, 113-126.

Rull, V., Cañellas-Boltà, N., Sáez, A., Giralt, S., Pla-Rabes, S. & Margalef, O. Paleoecology and human history of Easter Island (southern Pacific Ocean): some problems and potential solutions. Proceedings of the Workshop “Palaeoenvironment and the development of Early Societies”, German Archaeological Institute, Sanliurfa, 2012.


Rull, V.; Cañellas-Boltà, N.; Sáez, A.; Giralt, S.; Pla, S.; Margalef, O. 2010. Paleoecology of Easter Island: Evidence and uncertainties. Earth-Science Reviews 99, 50-60.

Cañellas-Boltà, N., Rull, V., Vigo, J. & Mercadé, A. 2010. Sedimentació actual de pol·len a la Vall d’Aiguamòg i el Circ de Colomèrs, i la seva relació amb la flora i la vegetació. Actes VIII Jornades sobre Recerca al Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, Espot, 2009, pp. 101-112.


Cañellas-Boltà, N.; Rull, V.; Vigo, J.; Mercadé, A. 2009. Modern pollen vegetation relationships along an altitudinal transect of the Central Pyrenees (southwestern Europe). The Holocene 19 (8), 1185-2000.

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