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Jordi Agustí

Jordi Agustí

Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social


PhD in Biological Sciences by the Univ. of Barcelona in 1981. Director of the Inst. of Paleontology M. Crusafont from 1985 to 2005. ICREA Research Professor at IPHES since 2005. Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. Narcís Monturiol Medal of the Catalan Government for his scientific merits. Scientific Literature Prize of the Catalan Government (2001). President of the Regional Committee on Neogene Mediterranean Stratigraphy from 1999 to 2009 and voting member of the Subcomission on Neogene Stratigraphy (IUGS, UNESCO). He is author or co-author of 151 papers published in indexed journals (WOS), among them Nature (4), Science (1) and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (3), as well as 162 papers in non-indexed Spanish and international journals. He is author or co-author of 52 book chapters. He has edited 14  books or monographs and written 16 books. He has directed 14 PhD thesis and 9 Master thesis. H-Index (WOS):41,

Research interests

My main field of interest is the environmental and biogeographic changes in the Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems in the last 10 milion years. I accomplish this goal throughout the study of the fossils of small mammals. This key time includes a number of critical climatic phases, such as the onset of the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation at 2.6 Ma, the early Pleistocene crisis at 1.8 Ma and the early-middle Pleistocene transition at 0.8 Ma. These crises have modelled the evolution of our own lineage, the hominids, which experienced significant changes following these climatic events. My research has therefore been developed in those areas having extraordinary conditions to follow these changes, either in the Iberian Peninsula (Vallès-Penedès and Guadix-Baza basins) or outside (northern Africa and, most specially, Georgia). Most of these areas are also key ones in order to elucidate the evolution of our lineage during the last 10 Ma, in relation with climatic and environmental changes.

Selected publications

Agustí J 2001, Genes, cerebros y símbolos. Tusquets Eds.

Agusti J, Espresate J & Piñero P 2021, ‘Dental Variation in the Endemic Dormouse Hypnomys Bate 1918 and its Implications for the Palaeogeographic Evolution of the Balearic Islands (Western Mediterranean) during the late Neogene-Quaternary’, Historical Biology 33  (12), 3152–3165.

– Lazarev S, Kuiper KF, Oms O, Bukhsianidze M, Vasilyan D, Jorissen EL, Bouwmeester MJ, Aghayeva V, van Amerongen AJ, Agustí J et al. 2021, ‘Five-fold expansion of the Caspian Sea in the late Pliocene: New and revised magnetostratigraphic and 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on the Akchagylian Stage’, Global and Planetary Change 206, 103624.

– Luzón C, Yravedra J, Courtenay LA, Saarinen J, Blain H-A, De Miguel D, Viranta S, Azanza B, Rodríguez-Alba JJ, Herranz-Rodrigo D, Serrano-Ramos A, Solano JA, Oms O, Agustí J et al. 2021, ‘Taphonomic and spatial analyses from the Early Pleistocene site of VM 4 (Orce, Guadix-Baza Basin, southern Spain)‘, Scientifc Reports. 11, 13977.

– Rodriguez-Salgado P, Oms O,  Ibáñez-Insa J, Anadón P, Gómez de Soler B, Campeny G & Agustí J 2021, ‘Mineralogical proxies of a Pliocene maar lake recording changes in precipitation at the Camp dels Ninots (Pliocene, NE Iberia)’, Sedimentary Geology, 418, 105910.

– Saarinen J,  Oksanen O, Zliobaite I, Fortelius M, DeMiguel D, Azanza B, Bocherens H, Luzon C, Solano-Garcia J, Yravedra J, Courtenay LA, Blain H-A, Sanchez-Bandera C, Serrano-Ramos A, Rodriguez-Alba J, Viranta S, Barsky D, Tallavaara M, Oms O, Agusti J et al. 2021, ‘Pliocene to Middle Pleistocene climate history in the Guadix-Baza Basin, and the environmental conditions of early Homo dispersal in Europe’, Quaternary Science Reviews, 268, 107132.

Selected research activities

PhD Thesis Mihailo Jovanovic:“Pleistocene small-vertebrates (amphibians, reptiles and small mammals) studies in Serbia (Balkan Peninsula, SE Europe)”.University of Ferrara. 2021.

ICREA Memoir 2021