González Sampériz, Penélope

González Sampériz, Penélope



My multidisciplinary formation in both Geography and History has been essential to focus my research lines. Thus, I have always been interested in the palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, vegetation dynamic and past climate changes, using Palynology as main method. Then, my work line is mainly focused to study different types of Quaternary records (from the Late Pleistocene and Holocene) in the Iberian Peninsula, aiming a realistic approximation to vegetation changes and their interaction with climatic and / or anthropogenic variations, always in a multiproxy context.

One of the main topics of my research is the study of human-climate interactions in the past, taking into account the influence of abrupt climate changes in patterns of human occupation and migrations, including extinctions and cultural collapses.

I am developing my research to detect abrupt changes in the vegetation cover as a response to significant variations in the controlling factors. Understanding the forcings of vegetation changes and their influence in human societies during the past millennia and centuries, will serve to better model and predict the effects of the current climatic change in our environment.


  • González-Sampériz, P., Gil-Romera, G., García-Prieto, E., Aranbarri, J., Moreno, A., Morellón, M., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Leunda, M., Santos, L., Franco-Múgica, F., Andrade, A., Carrión, J.S., Valero-Garcés, B.L. (2020) Strong continentality and effective moisture drove unforeseen vegetation dynamics since the last interglacial at inland Mediterranean areas: The Villarquemado sequence in NE Iberia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 242:106425. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106425

  • Aranbarri, J., Alcolea, M., Badal, E., Vila, S., Allué, E., Iriarte-Chiapusso, M.J., Sebastián, M., Magri, D., González-Sampériz, P. (2020) Holocene history of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) woodlands in the Ebro Basin (NE Spain): Climate-biased or human-induced?. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 279:104240. Doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2020.104240

  • Leunda, M., Gil-Romera, G., Daniau, A.-L., Benito, B.M., González-Sampériz, P. (2020) Holocene fire and vegetation dynamics in the Central Pyrenees (Spain). Catena, 188:104411. Doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2019.104411

  • Valero-Garcés, B.L., González-Sampériz, P., Gil-Romera, G., Benito, B.M., Moreno, A., Oliva-Urcia, B., Aranbarri, J., García-Prieto, E., Frugone, M., Morellón, M., Arnold, L.J., Demuro, M., Hardiman, M., Blockley, S.P.E., Lane, C.S. (2019) A multi-dating approach to age-modelling long continental records: The 135 ka El Cañizar de Villarquemado sequence (NE Spain). Quaternary Geochronology, 54:101006. Doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2019.101006

  • Leunda, M., González-Sampériz, P., Gil-Romera, G., Bartolomé, M., Belmonte-Ribas, Á., Gómez-García, D., Kaltenrieder, P., Rubiales, J.M., Schwörer, C., Tinner, W., Morales-Molino, C., Sancho, C. (2019) Ice cave reveals environmental forcing of long-term Pyrenean tree line dynamics. Journal of Ecology, 107(2):814-828. Doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13077

  • González-Sampériz, P., Montes, L., Aranbarri, J., Leunda, M., Domingo, R., Laborda, R., Sanjuán, Y., Gil-Romera, G., Lasanta, T., García-Ruiz, J.M. (2019) Scenarios, timing and paleo-environmental indicators for the identification of Anthropocene in the vegetal landscape of the Central Pyrenees (NE Iberia). Geographical Research Letters, 45(1):167-193. Doi: 10.18172/cig.3691

  • Tarrats, P., Heiri, O., Valero-Garcés, B., Cañedo-Argüelles, M., Prat, N., Rieradevall, M., González-Sampériz, P. (2018) Chironomid-inferred Holocene temperature reconstruction in Basa de la Mora Lake (Central Pyrenees). Holocene, 28(11):1685-1696. Doi: 10.1177/0959683618788662

  • Manzano, S., Carrión, J.S., López-Merino, L., Ochando, J., Munuera, M., Fernández, S., González-Sampériz, P. (2018) Early to mid-Holocene spatiotemporal vegetation changes and tsunami impact in a paradigmatic coastal transitional system (Doñana National Park, southwestern Europe). Global and Planetary Change, 161:66-81. Doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.12.013

  • Morellón, M., Aranbarri, J., Moreno, A., González-Sampériz, P., Valero-Garcés, B.L. (2018) Early Holocene humidity patterns in the Iberian Peninsula reconstructed from lake, pollen and speleothem records. Quaternary Science Reviews, 181:1-18. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.11.016

  • Leunda, M., González-Sampériz, P., Gil-Romera, G., Aranbarri, J., Moreno, A., Oliva-Urcia, B., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Valero-Garcés, B. (2017) The Late-Glacial and Holocene Marboré Lake sequence (2612 m a.s.l., Central Pyrenees, Spain): Testing high altitude sites sensitivity to millennial scale vegetation and climate variability. Global and Planetary Change, 157:214-231. Doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.08.008

  • Magri, D., Di Rita, F., Aranbarri, J., Fletcher, W., González-Sampériz, P. (2017) Quaternary disappearance of tree taxa from Southern Europe: Timing and trends. Quaternary Science Reviews, 163:23-55. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.02.014

  • González-Sampériz, P., Aranbarri, J., Pérez-Sanz, A., Gil-Romera, G., Moreno, A., Leunda, M., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Corella, J.P., Morellón, M., Oliva, B., Valero-Garcés, B. (2017) Environmental and climate change in the southern Central Pyrenees since the Last Glacial Maximum: A view from the lake records. Catena, 149:668-688. Doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.07.041

  • Aranbarri, J., González-Sampériz, P., Iriarte, E., Moreno, A., Rojo-Guerra, M., Peña-Chocarro, L., Valero-Garcés, B., Leunda, M., García-Prieto, E., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Gil-Romera, G., Magri, D., Rodríguez-Lázaro, J. (2015) Human-landscape interactions in the Conquezuela-Ambrona Valley (Soria, continental Iberia): From the early neolithic land use to the origin of the current oak woodland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 436(1):41-57. Doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.030

  • Gil-Romera, G., González-Sampériz, P., Lasheras-Álvarez, L., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Moreno, A., Valero-Garcés, B., López-Merino, L., Carrión, J.S., Pérez Sanz, A., Aranbarri, J., García-Prieto Fronce, E. (2014) Biomass-modulated fire dynamics during the last glacial-interglacial transition at the central pyrenees (Spain). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 402:113-124. Doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.03.015

  • Aranbarri, J., González-Sampériz, P., Valero-Garcés, B., Moreno, A., Gil-Romera, G., Sevilla-Callejo, M., García-Prieto, E., Di Rita, F., Mata, M.P., Morellón, M., Magri, D., Rodríguez-Lázaro, J., Carrión, J.S. (2014) Rapid climatic changes and resilient vegetation during the Lateglacial and Holocene in a continental region of south-western Europe. Global and Planetary Change, 114:50-65. Doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.01.003

  • Pérez-Sanz, A., González-Sampériz, P., Moreno, A., Valero-Garcés, B., Gil-Romera, G., Rieradevall, M., Tarrats, P., Lasheras-Álvarez, L., Morellón, M., Belmonte, A., Sancho, C., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Navas, A. (2013) Holocene climate variability, vegetation dynamics and fire regime in the central Pyrenees: The Basa de la Mora sequence (NE Spain). Quaternary Science Reviews, 73:149-169. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.05.010

  • González-Sampériz, P., García-Prieto, E., Aranbarri, J., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Moreno, A., Gil-Romera, G., Sevilla-Callejo, M., Santos, L., Morellón, M., Mata, P., Andrade, A., Carrión, J.S. (2013) Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the last glacial cycle in the continental Iberia: The Cañizar de Villarquemado sequence (Teruel). Cuadernos de Investigacion Geografica, 39(1):49-76. Doi: 10.18172/cig.1999

  • Moreno, A., González-Sampériz, P., Morellón, M., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Fletcher, W.J. (2012) Northern Iberian abrupt climate change dynamics during the last glacial cycle: A view from lacustrine sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36:139-153. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.031

  • Rull, V., González-Sampériz, P., Corella, J.P., Morellón, M., Giralt, S. (2011) Vegetation changes in the southern Pyrenean flank during the last millennium in relation to climate and human activities: The Montcortès lacustrine record. Journal of Paleolimnology, 46(3):387-404. Doi: 10.1007/s10933-010-9444-2

  • González-Sampériz, P., Leroy, S.A.G., Carricn, J.S., Fernández, S., García-Anton, M., Gil-García, M.J., Uzquiano, P., Valero-Garcés, B., Figueiral, I. (2010) Steppes, savannahs, forests and phytodiversity reservoirs during the Pleistocene in the Iberian Peninsula. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 162(3):427-457. Doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.03.009

  • González-Sampériz, P., Utrilla, P., Mazo, C., Valero-Garcés, B., Sopena, MC., Morellón, M., Sebastián, M., Moreno, A., Martínez-Bea, M. (2009) Patterns of human occupation during the early Holocene in the Central Ebro Basin (NE Spain) in response to the 8.2 ka climatic event. Quaternary Research, 71(2):121-132. Doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2008.10.006

  • González-Sampériz, P., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Moreno, A., Morellón, M., Navas, A., Machín, J., Delgado-Huertas, A. (2008) Vegetation changes and hydrological fluctuations in the Central Ebro Basin (NE Spain) since the Late Glacial period: Saline lake records. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 259(2-3):157-181. Doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.10.005

  • González-Sampériz, P., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Moreno, A., Jalut, G., García-Ruiz, J.M., Martí-Bono, C., Delgado-Huertas, A., Navas, A., Otto, T., Dedoubat, J.J. (2006) Climate variability in the Spanish Pyrenees during the last 30,000 yr revealed by the El Portalet sequence. Quaternary Research, 66(1):38-52. Doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2006.02.004

  • Valero-Garcés, B.L., González-Sampériz, P., Navas, A., Machín, J., Mata, P., Delgado-Huertas, A., Bao, R., Moreno, A., Carrión, J.S., Schwalb, A., González-Barrios, A. (2006) Human impact since medieval times and recent ecological restoration in a Mediterranean lake: The Laguna Zoñar, southern Spain. Journal of Paleolimnology, 35(3):441-465. Doi: 10.1007/s10933-005-1995-2

  • González-Sampériz, P., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Carrión, J.S., Peña-Monné, J.L., García-Ruiz, J.M., Martí-Bono, C. (2005) Glacial and lateglacial vegetation in northeastern Spain: New data and a review. Quaternary International, 140-141:4-20. Doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2005.05.006

  • Valero-Garcés, B.L., González-Sampériz, P., Navas, A., Machin, J., Delgado-Huertas, A., Pena-Monné, J.L., Sancho-Marcén, C., Stevenson, T., Davis, B. (2004) Paleohydrological fluctuations and steppe vegetation during the last glacial maximum in the central Ebro valley (NE Spain). Quaternary International, 122(1 SPEC. ISS.):43-55. Doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2004.01.030

  • González-Sampériz, P., Montes, L., Utrilla, P. (2003) Pollen in hyena coprolites from Gabasa Cave (northern Spain). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 126(1-2):7-15. Doi: 10.1016/S0034-6667(03)00033-2

  • Garía-Ruiz, J.M., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Martí-Bono, C., González-Sampériz, P. (2003) Asynchroneity of maximum glacier advances in the central Spanish Pyrenees. Journal of Quaternary Science, 18(1):61-72. Doi: 10.1002/jqs.715

  • González-Sampériz, P., Sopena Vicién, M.C. (2002) Recent Holocene palaeoenvironmental evolution in the Central Ebro Basin (NE Spain). Quaternary International, 93-94:177-190. Doi: 10.1016/S1040-6182(02)00016-2

  • Valero-Garcés, B.L., González-Sampériz, P., Delgado-Huertas, A., Navas, A., Machín, J., Kelts, K. (2000) Lateglacial and Late Holocene environmental and vegetational change in Salada Mediana, central Ebro Basin, Spain. Quaternary International, 73-74:29-46. Doi: 10.1016/S1040-6182(00)00063-X


An essential point and necessary effort of researchers with the society is making outreach events. This requirement implies, in my case, both personal and institutional activities because I have been during more than 5 years the leader of the "Outreach Commission of IPE-CSIC".

Different workshops, conferences and activities take part of the yearly calendar, including talks and outreach events focused even in the primary and high school, as well as in general society and Academia, especially regarding gender-balance analyses. In this sense, I must mention my participation in the CMyC Commission (Women and Science in the CSIC) and a pioneer recently published Special Issue in Catena journal, 100% lead by women, focused in women research visibility in Natural Science Academia.