- Earth Sciences, Life Sciences
- Research Keywords:
- Earth Sciences, palaeoenvironments, micromammals, palaeoecology,
- Margaret Avery is a palaeoecologist with an archaeological background whose long-time interest is in exploring the multi-facetted information potential of micromammalian prey of barn owls. Arising from this has been the main thrust of her research, contributing to our knowledge of the environmental background to human biological and technological evolution. To this end she has worked on material from all of the important archaeological sites in South Africa as well as early hominid sites such as Sterkfontein and Swartkrans, and sites in Zambia and Namibia. Another aspect has been applying information to global change studies and the assessment of human impact on the environment. Complementary studies of modern material, besides being important in their own right, help inform taphonomic analyses of fossil samples. Margaret is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. She serves on the International Science Council South African National Board and ex officio on the South African National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). She has been President of INQUA and Vice President of the Royal Society of South Africa, as well as Editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin and Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa.
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