Yoshi Maezumi is not only a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam – she’s also a National Geographic Explorer.

In this talk, she takes us on an exploration – not only into the depths of the Amazon Jungle, but also into the human past, looking at what archaeology can tell us about Human Niche Construction.

Dr. Patrick Roberts responded to her talk with some thoughts of his own.

About Yoshi Maezumi

Dr Yoshi Maezumi is a Marie Curie Fellow and National Geographic Explorer specializing in past human-environment interactions. Her research integrates cross-disciplinary perspectives from palaeoecology, archaeology, archaeobotany, and palaeoclimatology to examine the legacy of past human land use and fire management on modern ecosystems in the Amazon and Caribbean.

You can follow her on Twitter.


The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic.