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Yurena Yanes

Yurena Yanes
Yanes' Research
Department of Geology
Assistant Professor
Quaternary Paleoecology

Dr. Yanes’ research interests are primarily focused on the multidisciplinary study of modern and fossil land snail assemblages. She integrates disparate data from manifold disciplines, including isotope geochemistry, taxonomy, taphonomy, paleoecology, morphometrics and aminoacid dating. These data are used jointly to reconstruct changes in past environmental and ecological conditions, to evaluate the quality and fidelity of the fossil record, and to better understand organism–environment interactions. Understanding how organisms have responded to ecological, environmental and anthropogenic variations is critical to comprehend present diversity and anticipate future outcomes (i.e., the past is the key to the future). Her main field research areas are low–latitude oceanic islands such as the Canary Archipelago and the Bahamas. Tropical islands exhibit outstanding land snail diversity in both space and time, and appear to be especially sensitive to human impact and global change. Ultimately, her research aims to help to protect terrestrial malacofaunas, which are declining in an alarming rate.

QARG Publications
Yanes, Y., 2012. Shell taphonomy and fidelity of living, dead, Holocene and Pleistocene land snail assemblages. Palaios 27: 127-136.

Yanes, Y., Romanek, C.S., Molina, F., Cámara, J.A., Delgado A., 2011. Holocene Paleoenvironment (7,200-4,000 cal. years BP) of the Los Castillejos Archaeological site (Southern Spain) as inferred from stable isotopes of land snail shells. Quaternary International 244: 67-75.

Yanes, Y., Yapp, C.J., Ibáñez, M., Alonso, M.R., De la Nuez, J., Quesada, M.L., Castillo, C., Delgado, A., 2011. Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in the Canary Archipelago as inferred from stable isotopes of land snail shells. Quaternary Research 65: 658-669.