Katerina Kouli

Research Associate
PS&H Research Group

Main Focus

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. Her research is focused on Quaternary vegetation of the Mediterranean and vegetation response to climatic changes.  Significant part of her research activity considers human impact on vegetation and the study of Holocene cultural and natural landscapes.

Curriculum Vitae

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 is appointed to the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2013, currently holding the position of Assistant Professor of Palaeontology-Palaeobotany-Geoarchaeology. She has participated in several research projects of both geological and archaeological interest including numerous archaeological excavations. Her research work has been published in international scientific journals (36 in SCI journals, h index 18), book chapters and conference proceedings.


Selected publications (since 2010):

Izdebski A., Słoczýnski T., Bonnier A., Koloch G., Kouli K. 2020. Landscape change and trade in Ancient Greece: Evidence from pollen data. The Economic Journal https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/ueaa026

Kyrikou S., Kouli K., Triantaphyllou M.V., Dimiza M.D., Gogou A., Panagiotopoulos I.P., Anagnostou C., Karageorgis A.P. 2019. Late Glacial and Holocene vegetation patterns of Attica: A high-resolution record from Elefsis Bay, southern Greece. Quaternary International https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.05.020

Leontaritis A.D., Kouli K., Pavlopoulos K. 2020. The glacial history of Greece: a comprehensive review. Mediterranean Geoscience Reviews 2:65-90 

Wagner B., Vogel H., Francke A., Friedrich T., Donders T.H., Lacey J.H., Leng M.J., Regattieri E., Sadori L., Wilke T., Zanchetta G., Albrecht C., Bertini A., Combourieu-Nebout N., Cvetkoska A., Giaccio B., Grazhdani A., Hauffe T., Holtvoeth J., Joannin S., Jovanovska E., Just J., Kouli K., Kousis I., Koutsodendris A., Krastel S., Lagos M., Leicher N., Levkov Z., Lindhorst K., Masi A., Melles M., Mercuri A.M., Nomade S., Nowaczyk N., Panagiotopoulos K., Peyron O., Reed J.M., Sagnotti L., Sinopoli G., Stelbrink B., Sulpizio R., Timmermann A., Tofilovska S., Torri P., Wagner-Cremer F., Wonik T., Zhang X.S. (2019) Mediterranean winter rainfall in phase with African monsoon during past 1.36 million years. Nature 573:256-260

McNeill L.C., Shillington D.J., Carter G.D.O., Everest J., Gawthorpe R., Miller C., Phillips M., Collier R., Cvetkoska A, De Gelder G, Diz Ferreiro P, Doan M.-L., Ford M., Geraga M., Gillespie J., Hemelsdael R., Herrero-Bervera E, Ismaiel M, Janikian L, Kouli K., Le Ber E., Li S, Maffione M., Mahoney C., Machlus M.L., Michas G., Nixon C., Oflaz S.A., Omale A.P., Panagiotopoulos K., Pechlivanidou S., Sauer S., Seguin J., Sergiou S., Zhakarova N., Green S. 2019. High-resolution record reveals climate-driven environmental and sedimentary changes in an active rift. Scientific Reports 9: 3116.

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

Mercuri A.M., Florenzano A., Burjachs F., Giardini M., Kouli K., Masi A., Picornell-Gelabert L., Revelles J., Servera-Vives G., Torri P., Fyfe R.M. 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

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

Peyron O., Combourieu-Nebout N., Brayshaw D., Goring, S., Andrieu-Ponel, V., Desprat, S., Fletcher W., Gambin B., Ioakim C., Joannin S., Kotthoff U., Kouli K., Montade V., Pross J., Sadori L., Magny M. 2017. Precipitation changes in the Mediterranean basin during the Holocene from terrestrial and marine pollen records: a model–data comparison. Climate of the Past 13:249–265

Norström E., Katrantsiotis C., Smittenberg R.H., Kouli K. 2017. Chemotaxonomy in some Mediterranean plants and implications for fossil biomarker records. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 219:96-110

Weiberg Ε., Unkel Ι., Kouli K., Holmgren K., Avramidis P., Bonnier A., Dibble F., Finné M., Izdebski A., Katrantsiotis C., Stocker S.R., 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

Gogou A., Triantaphyllou M., Xoplaki E., Izdebski A., Parinos C., Dimiza M., Bouloubassi I., Luterbacher J., Kouli K., Martrat B., Toreti A, Fleitmann D., Rousakis G., Kaberi H., Athanasiou M., Lykousis V. 2016. Climate variability and socio-environmental changes in the northern Aegean (NE Mediterranean) during the last 1500 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 136:209-228

Sadori L., Koutsodendris A., Masi A., Bertini A., Combourieu-Nebout N., Francke A., Kouli K., Joannin S., Mercuri A.M., Panagiotopoulos K., Peyron O., Torri P., Wagner B., Zanchetta G., Donders T. 2016. Pollen-based paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic change at Lake Ohrid (SE Europe) during the past 500 ka. Biogeosciences 13:1423-1437 

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

Triantaphyllou M.V., Gogou A., Dimiza M., Kouli K., Bouloubassi I., Papanikolaou M., Kotthoff U., Emeis K.-C., Roussakis G., Athanasiou M., Parinos K., Katsouras G., Ioakim C., Lykousis V. 2014. Evidence for warm and humid Mid-Holocene in the Aegean and northern Levantine Seas. Regional Environmental Change 14:1697 - 1712

Sadori L., Bertini A., Combourieu-Nebout N., Kouli K., Mariotti Lippi M., Roberts N., Mercuri A.M. 2013. Palynology and Mediterranean vegetation history. Flora Mediterranea 23:141-156

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

Kouli K., Gogou A., Bouloubassi I., Triantaphyllou M.V., Ioakim C., Katsouras G., Roussakis G., Lykousis V. 2012. Late postglacial paleoenvironmental change in the northeastern Mediterranean region: Combined palynological and molecular biomarker evidence. Quaternary International 261:118-127

Karkanas P., Pavlopoulos K., Kouli K., Ntinou M., Tsartsidou G., Facorellis Y., Tsourou T. 2011 Paleoenvironment and site formation processes of the Neolithic lakeside site of Dispilio, Kastoria, northern Greece. Geoarchaeology 26:83-117

Triantaphyllou M.V., Kouli K., Tsourou T., Koukousioura O., Pavlopoulos K., Dermitzakis M.D. 2010. Paleoenvironmental changes since 3000 BC in the coastal marsh of Vravron (Attiki, SE Greece). Quaternary International 216: 14-22

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