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  • Zabala, Santiago

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Zabala, Santiago

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    Zabala's research concentrates in three areas each of which have generated several authored and edited books: ontology, political philosophy, and aesthetics. All these three areas are studied following the hermeneutic principle according to which truth is not an objective goal that philosophy must submit to, but rather the effect of the conflict of interpretations. Following the work of Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Gianni Vattimo Zabala has emphasized the ontological nature of hermeneutics in order to demonstrate the danger of truth impositions for religious and political emancipation. His next books and articles will be on political ontology and aesthetics.

    Key words

    Philosophical hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and political philosophy
  • Zilhão, João

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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    Zilhão, João

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    The Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition in Europe has been the focus of my research for the last 15 years. This research interest has led to fieldwork at different sites, namely: (a) the Lagar Velho rock-shelter (Portugal) and its burial of an early modern human child with diagnostic Neandertal features (skeletal evidence of interbreeding at the time of Neandertal/modern contact in Europe); (b) the Gruta da Oliveira (Almonda karstic system, Portugal), where ongoing work has already exposed 11 m of deposits spanning the ~35-70 ka cal BP interval; (c) the Pestera cu Oase (Romania), site of Europe's oldest modern humans; (d) Cueva Antón (Murcia, Spain), with Mousterian painted and perforated marine shell ornaments that proved the behavioral modernity of the last Neandertals. My current research focuses on documenting the late persistence of the Neandertals in Iberian regions located to the south of the Ebro drainage and its ecological and cultural underpinnings.

    Key words

    Palaeolithic Archaeology

    ORCID

    : 0000-0001-5937-3061

    RESEARCHER ID

    : L-5670-2014

  • Ziveri, Patrizia

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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    Ziveri, Patrizia

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    She is unraveling the impacts of global environmental changes on marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry at various time scales and complexity through multidisciplinary investigation of key marine calcifying groups at the base of the food web. Her work on the oceans in a high CO2 world is focusing on the links between CO2 dynamics, climate change and marine organisms in areas such as the Mediterranean Sea and the Southern Ocean, integrating both modern and past global changes. These changes disturb the capacity of marine systems to provide ecosystem services, which affect economic activities and human welfare. Evolving interests have led to new research on microplastics in the Mediterranean island coastlines, and invited memberships, such as the UN-GESAMP, WG 40, Sources, fate and effects of microplastics, advisory board member of the IAEA project OA-ICC, Monaco and a SOLAS/IMBER carbon group member, WG3 ocean acidification. 

    Key words

    climate and global change, high CO2 ocean, calcifying plankton, marine micropaleontology, biogeochemistry

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