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MSc in Archaeological Science


Associate Professor of Palaeontology, Palaeobotany and Geoarchaeology


Katerina Kouli is a palynologist with expertise on the study of pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs from either terrestrial and marine deposits or archaeological contexts. Appointed to the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2013, she is currently holding the position of Associate Professor of Palaeontology-Palaeobotany-Geoarchaeology. She holds a diploma (1994) and a PhD in Geology/Paleontology (2002). Her doctorate thesis deals with the evolution of the plant landscape and the land-use in the area of the Neolithic settlement of Dispilio (Lake Kastoria, N Greece).

She has participated in several research projects of both geological and archaeological interest including numerous archaeological excavations. She is member of the Independent Max Planck Research Group Palaeo-ScienceandHistory (PS&H)and of the IODP Exp. 381: Corinth Active Rift Development Science Party. Her research has been published in international scientific journals (52 in Scopus: h-index 23, 1400 citations, November 2022), including one Nature and one Nature ecology and evolution papers.

Research interests

  • Quaternary vegetation dynamics, vegetation response to climate change
  • Cultural and natural landscapes, pollen analysis of archaeological deposits, human impact on vegetation
  • Non Pollen Palynomorphs (NPPs) as palaeoecological indices

Selected peer-reviewed publications

Izdebski A, Guzowski P, Poniat R, Masci L, Palli J, Vignola C, Bauch M, Cocozza C, Fernandes R, Ljungqvist F, Newfield T, Seim A, Abel-Schaad D, Alba-Sánchez F, Björkman L, Brauer A, Brown A, Czerwiński S, Ejarque A, Fiłoc M, Florenzano A, Fredh E, Fyfe R, Jasiunas N, Kołaczek P, Kouli K, Kozáková R, Kupryjanowicz M, Lagerås P, Lamentowicz M, Lindbladh M, López-Sáez JA, Luelmo-Lautenschlaeger R, Marcisz K, Mazier F, Mensing S, Mercuri AM, Milecka K, Miras Y, Noryśkiewicz A, Novenko E, Obremska M, Panagiotidis S, Papadopoulou M, Pędziszewska A, Pérez-Díaz S, Piovesan G, Pluskowski A, Pokorný P, Poska A, Reitalu T, Rösch M, Sadori L, Sá Ferreira C, Sebag D, Słowiński M, Stančikaitė M, Stivrins N, Tunno I, Veski S, Wacnik A, Masi A (2022) Big Data Palaeoecology reveals significant variation in Black Death mortality in Europe. Nature Ecology and Evolution 6: 297-306

Kouli K (2020) Tracing human impact on a mountainous plant landscape in Rhodopi Mt (N. Greece) during the last 1100 years. Revue de Micropaleontologie 68:100442

Izdebski A, Słoczyński T, Bonnier A, Koloch G, Kouli K (2020) Landscape Change and Trade in Ancient Greece: Evidence from Pollen Data. The Economic Journal 130:2596-2618.

Mercuri AM, Florenzano A, Burjachs F, Giardini M, Kouli K, Masi A, Picornell-Gelabert L, Revelles J, Servera-Vives G, Torri P, Fyfe RM (2019) From influence to impact: the multifunctional land-use in Mediterranean prehistory emerging from palynology of archaeological sites (8.0-2.8 ka BP). The Holocene 29: 830–846

Weiberg E, Bevan A, Kouli K, Katsianis M, Woodbridge J, Bonnier A, Engel M, Finné M, Fyfe R, Maniatis Y, Palmisano A, Panajiotidis S, Roberts N, Shennan S (2019) Long-term trends of land use and demography in Greece: a comparative study. The Holocene 29:742-760

Kouli K, Masi A, Mercuri AM, Florenzano A, Sadori L (2018) Regional vegetation histories: overview of the pollen evidence from Central Mediterranean. Late Antique Archaeology 11: 69-82

Weiberg Ε, Unkel Ι, Kouli K, Holmgren K, Avramidis P, Bonnier A, Dibble F, Finné M, Izdebski A, Katrantsiotis C, Stocker SR, Andwinge M, Baika K, Boyd M, Heymann C (2016) The socio-environmental history of the Peloponnese during the Holocene: Towards an integrated understanding of the past. Quaternary Science Reviews 136:40-65

Kouli K (2015) Plant landscape and land use at the Neolithic lake settlement of Dispilió (Macedonia, Northern Greece). Plant Biosystems 149, 145-204.

Kouli K (2012) Vegetation development and human activities in Attiki (SE Greece) during the last 5000 years. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 21:267-278.

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