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Small mammals, Quaternary, Western Europe, Atapuerca, post-glacial recolonizations, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, systematics, evolution, biochronology, biogeography, geometric morphometrics

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
UMR 7209 du CNRS
Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique : sociétés, pratiques et environnements
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Associated researcher (Bénévole) of MNHN.

Main fuctions
Zooarchaeologist, specialist on small mammals : systematics, evolution, biochronology, biogeography and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.

Research projects and fieldwork
Research projects
- Small mammals from the Lower and Middle Pleistocene levels of the Atapuerca caves : systematics, palaeogeography, palaeoecology, and evolution.
- Biochronology of small vertebrates and human evolution in Western Europe.
- Small mammals from the Holocene archaeological levels of El Portalón (Sierra de Atapuerca) : systematics, taphonomy and contextual data.
- Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions based on small vertebrates from archaeo-palaeontological Quaternary deposits at the Cantabrian range.
- Fossil insectivores from the Balearic Islands : systematics, evolution, ancient DNA, phylogeny, and insular adaptations
- Post-glacial recolonization and Holocene human impact on populations of shrews and hedgehogs from Western Europe : historical biogeography, geometric morphometrics, phylogeography, and radiocarbon dates.
Coordinator of the washing-sieving, recollection and management of fossil small vertebrates during the field campaigns in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain). Institutions : Atapuerca Project, Atapuerca Foundation. Dates : every July since 2001 to date.

Current projects
Coordinator of a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Project (nº629604) of the European Comission. Employing entity : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
Official member of the international project Geology, geochronology and palaeobiology of the deposits of the Sierra de Atapuerca V (CGL2012-38434-C03-01), funded by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spain).

- Subject : QP24-Diversité anatomique et taxinomique en archéozoologie. Programme : Master in Evolution, Patrimoine Naturel et Societés. Hours : 6. Start/End date : 15/02/2016. Institution : MNHN (Paris). Type : Theory and lab practices.
- Subject : QP24-Diversité anatomique et taxinomique en archéozoologie. Programme : Master in Evolution, Patrimoine Naturel et Societés. Hours : 4. Start/End date : 29/01/2015. Institution : MNHN (Paris). Type : Theory and lab practices.
- Subject : Micropaleontology. Programme : Degree in Geology. Hours : 10. Start/End date : 05/12/2011 – 19/12/2011. Institution : University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, Spain. Type : Theory and lab practices.
- Subject : Biostratigraphy and Paleoecology. Programme : Degree in Geology. Hours : 10. Start/End date : 12/11/2012 – 03/12/2012. Institution : UPV-EHU, Spain. Type : Theory and lab practices.
- Subject : Micropaleontology. Programme : Degree in Geology. Hours : 10. Start/End date : 07/12/2011 – 22/12/2011. Institution : UPV-EHU, Spain. Type : Theory and lab practices.
- Subject : Vertebrate and Human Paleontology. Programme : Degree in Geology. Hours : 40. Start/End date : 11/2005 – 05/2006. Institution : University of Zaragoza, Spain. Type : Field and lab practices.
- Subject : Archaeozoology. Programme : Degree in Biology. Hours : 60. Dates : 05/2001 and 05/2002. Institution : Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Type : Lab practices.
- Subject : Prehistory of America. Programme : Degree in History. Hours : 40. Dates : 03/2000 and 02/2001. Institution : University of Valencia. Type : Theoretical-practical seminar.

Research students
- Doctoral thesis co-supervisor (with Gloria Cuenca-Bescós) : Iron bio-minerals of the fossil Soricidae (Eulipotyphla, Mammalia) dentition from the Pleistocene of Atapuerca : palaeobiological and palaeoclimatic implications, by Raquel Moya-Costa. Entity : University of Zaragoza (Spain). Status : currently supervising.
- Final-year Project supervisor : Study of microvertebrates of Levels 2 and 5 of the Upper Pleistocene site of El Polvorín, Carrantza, Bizkaia, by Amaia Ordiales. Entity : University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU (Spain). End date : 16/05/2012. Qualification : Outstanding.
- Final-year Project supervisor : Study of the microvertebrates of the Levels 46-47 of the Upper Pleistocene of the site of Kiputz IX (Mutriku, Gipuzkoa), by Aitziber Suárez-Bilbao. Entity : UPV-EHU (Spain). End date : 07/05/2012. Qualification : Outstanding.

Diplômes universitaires
- Ph.D., University of Zaragoza, 11/06/2009. Programme : Prehistory and Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula (UAM). Thesis title : The soricids (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla) of the Lower Pleistocene of the deposits of the Sierra de Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain (original in Spanish). Supervisor : G. Cuenca-Bescós.
- M.Sc. (DEA), Autonomous University of Madrid, 06/02/2002. Thesis title : Analysis of the remains of small mammals from the Monument 2 of Biniai Nou, megalithic sepulcher of the Bronze Age in Mahón, Menorca (original in Spanish). Supervisor : A. Morales-Muñíz.
- B.A., Archaeology (with Degree thesis, homologated to B.A. in History in Spain), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 16/12/1998. Thesis title : Utilization of faunal resources in El Yaral, a Chiribaya site at the Osmore Drainage, low highland of Moquegua (original in Spanish). Supervisor : Jane C. Wheeler.
- “Juan de la Cierva” 3-year postdoc Research Fellow (MINECO, Spain). Institution : University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU. Start/End dates : 01/01/2011 – 31/12/2013.
- Research Fellow, Atapuerca Chair of the Atapuerca and Duques de Soria Foundations. Institution : University of Zaragoza (UZ). Start/End dates : 01/01/2007 – 31/12/2009.
- Research Fellow, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain/UCM-ISCIII. Institution : UZ. Start/End dates : 01/07/2004 – 31/12/2006.
- Database Manager, International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ). Institutions : Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), UZ. Start/End dates : 01/01/2002 – 31/12/2005.
- Technical coordinator of the “Management of Atapuerca archaeological collections” Working Group, Atapuerca Foundation and INAEM, temporary contract. Institution : UZ. Start/End dates : 01/08/2003 – 15/03/2004.
- Curator of palaeontological materials, temporary contract. Institution : PALEOYMAS. Start/End dates : 01/03/2003 – 30/06/2003.
- Short-Term-Visitor Grant, Smithsonian Institution, USA. Institutions : National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. and Florida Museum of Natural History. Start/End dates : 01/09/2001 – 30/11/2001.
- “Reina Sofía” pre-doctoral Fellow, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Spain. Institution : UAM. Start/End dates : 01/09/1999 – 31/08/2001.
- Zooarchaeology technician, half-time contract. Institution : Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Start/End dates : 01/01/1996 – 31/08/1999.
- Zooarchaeology technician, half-time contract. Institution : Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM, Perú). Start/End dates : 01/01/1996 – 31/08/1999.

Main publications
- S. Cersoy, A. Zazzo, M. Lebon, J. Rofes, S. Zirah, 2016. Collagen extraction and stable isotope analysis of small vertebrate bones : a comparative approach. Radiocarbon. DOI:10.1017/RDC.2016.82. ISSN 0033-8222.
- J. Rofes, R. Moya-Costa, M. Bennàsar, H.-A. Blain, G. Cuenca Bescós, 2016. Biostratigraphy, palaeogeography and palaeoenvironmental significance of Sorex runtonensis (Mammalia, Soricidae) : First record from the Iberian Peninsula. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 459, 508-517.
- J. Rofes, N. Garcia-Ibaibarriaga, M. Aguirre, B. Martínez García, L. Ortega, M.C. Zuluaga, S. Bailon, A. Alonso-Olazabal, J. Castaños, X. Murelaga, 2015. Combining small-vertebrate, marine and stable-isotope data to reconstruct past environments. Scientific Reports 5 (14219), 1-12. NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. ISSN 2045-2322.
- N. Garcia-Ibaibarriaga, A. Arrizabalaga, M.J. Iriarte, J. Rofes, X. Murelaga, 2015. The return to the Iberian Peninsula : First Quaternary record of Muscardinus and a palaeogeographical overview of the genus in Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 119, 106-15. ISSN 0277-3791.
-  J. Rofes, X. Murelaga, B. Martínez-García, S. Bailon, J.C. López-Quintana, A. Guenaga-Lizasu, L.A. Ortega, M.C. Zuluaga, A. Alonso-Olazabal, J. Castaños, P. Castaños, 2014. The long palaeoenvironmental sequence of Santimamiñe (Bizkaia, Spain) : 20.000 years of small mammal record from the latest Late Pleistocene to the middle Holocene. Quaternary International 339-340, 62-75. ISSN 1040-6182.
- J. Rofes, M.C. Zuluaga, X. Murelaga, J. Fernández-Eraso, S. Bailon, M.J. Iriarte, L. Ortega, A. Alonso-Olazabal, 2013. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the early Neolithic to middle Bronze Age Peña Larga rock shelter (Álava, Spain) from the small mammal record. Quaternary Research 79, 158-167. ISSN 0033-5894.
- J. Rofes, P. Bover, G. Cuenca Bescós, J.A. Alcover, 2012. Nesiotites rafelinensis sp. nov., the earliest shrew (Mammalia, Soricidae) from the Balearic Islands, Spain. Palaeontologia Electronica 15 (1.8ª), 1-12. ISSN 1935-3952.
- J. Rofes, N. García-Ibaibarriaga, X. Murelaga, A. Arrizabalaga, M.J. Iriarte, G. Cuenca-Bescós ; A. Villaluenga, 2012. The southwesternmost record of Sicista (Mammalia ; Dipodidae) in Eurasia, with a review of the palaeogeography and palaeoecology of the genus in Europe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 348-349, 67-73. ISSN 0031-0182.
- G. Cuenca-Bescós, M. Melero-Rubio, J. Rofes, I. Martínez, J.L. Arsuaga, H.-A. Blain, J.M. López-García, E. Carbonell, J.M. Bermúdez de Castro, 2011. The Early-Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironmental and climatic change and the human expansion in Western Europe : a case study with small vertebrates (Gran Dolina, Atapuerca, Spain). Journal of Human Evolution 60, 481-491. ISSN 0047-2484.
- J. Rofes, G. Cuenca-Bescós, 2009. A new genus of red-toothed shrew (Mammalia, Soricidae) from the Early Pleistocene of Gran Dolina (Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain), and a phylogenetic approach to the Eurasiatic Soricinae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 155, 904-925. ISSN 0024-4082.

(Other) Administrative and scientific responsibilities
Organization of Conferences
- XVII International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences-UISPP 2014. Session organizer : Biochronology, biostratigraphy and palaeoecology of the European Quaternary (B2PQUE). Burgos, Spain, 1-7 Sep. 2014.
- IX International Meeting of the International Council for Archaeozoology ICAZ. Member of the organizing committee. 23-28 Aug. 2002.
Scientific societies, assessment and review
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the XII EJIP Meeting (9-12 April 2014, Sobrarbe, Spain).
- Member of the assessment committee of 3 doctoral theses in Spain (2010, 2013, 2015).
- Member of ICAZ Administrative Committee, 2002-05.

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