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Suzette Flantua

Postdoctoral fellow, Post-doctoral fellow on the HOPE project
  • E-mailSuzette.Flantua@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Thormøhlensgt. 53 A/B
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

2017       Practicum assistant GIS, Bachelor course Digital Earth, Future planet studies, University of Amsterdam

2016       Practicum assistant GIS and Microsoft Access, Bachelor course Biodiversity & Global Change, Biological Sciences, University of Amsterdam

2015       Lecturer ‘The physical setting and the distribution of life on Earth’, Bachelor course Biodiversity & Global Change, Biological Sciences, University of Amsterdam

2014-2016, Lecturer, practicum and field work assistant, Bachelor course Palaeoecology, Biological Sciences, University of Amsterdam

2014       Lecturer ‘Land cover changes and sustainable land management’, Bachelor course Biodiversity & Global Change Biological Sciences, University of Amsterdam

Coordinator and lecturer, Pre-congress training course ‘Chronology and integration of spatial and temporal data in paleo-environmental interpretations’, LOTRED –SA Symposium. Medellin-Colombia

2012       Coordinator and lecturer, Workshop ‘Capacity building in Biotechnology and Bio-security. Impacts and opportunities for socio-ecosystems’ (In Spanish). 4D Elements Consultores – NGP Seguridad Alimentaria – SENA. Bogotá-Colombia.

2012, 2013          Coordinator online courses. Introduction to Sustainability; Sustainable landscape design. (In Spanish). Asesorías de Diseño Sostenible. Medellin-Colombia.

2012       Coordinator and lecturer, Master course ‘Introduction to environmental information systems at national and international level, GIS and Remote Sensing’ including a hands-on workshop on the use of Quantum GIS. (In Spanish). In collaboration with M. Romero, 4D Elements Consultores, University of Tunja, Colombia.

2011       Coordinator and lecturer, Master course ‘Introduction to environmental information systems at national and international level, GIS and Remote Sensing, with emphasis on environmental management in the Orinoco basin’. (In Spanish) In collaboration with M. Romero, 4D Elements Consultores. Universidad de los Llanos, Colombia.

2000       English Teacher, ESL Institute. Manizales, Colombia.

Academic article
  • Onstein, Renske E; Vink, Daphne N.; Veen, Jorin; Barratt, Christopher D.; Flantua, Suzette; Wich, Serge A.; Kissling, W. Daniel. 2020. Palm fruit colours are linked to the broad-scale distribution and diversification of primate colour vision systems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.
  • Felde, Vivian Astrup; Flantua, Suzette; Jenks, Cathy; Benito De Pando, Blas Manuel; de Beaulieu, Jacques Louis; Kuneš, Petr; Magri, Donatella; Nalepka, Dorota; Risebrobakken, Bjørg; ter Braak, Cajo J.F.; Allen, Judy R. M.; Granoszewski, Wojciech; Helmens, Karin F.; Huntley, Brian; Kondratienė, Ona; Kalniņa, Laimdota; Kupryjanowicz, Mirosława; Malkiewicz, Małgorzata; Milner, Alice M.; Nita, Małgorzata; Noryśkiewicz, Bożena; Pidek, Irena A.; Reille, Maurice; Salonen, J. Sakari; Šeirienė, Vaida; Winter, Hanna; Tzedakis, P. Chronis; Birks, Harry John Betteley. 2020. Compositional turnover and variation in Eemian pollen sequences in Europe. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. 101-109.
  • Flantua, Suzette; O'Dea, Aaron; Onstein, Renske E; Giraldo, Catalina; Hooghiemstra, Henry. 2019. The flickering connectivity system of the north Andean paramos. Journal of Biogeography. 1808-1825.
  • Montade, Vincent; Ledru, Marie-Pierre; Giesecke, Thomas; Flantua, Suzette; Behling, Hermann; Peyron, Odile. 2019. A new modern pollen dataset describing the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The Holocene. 1-10.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Hooghiemstra, Henry; Flantua, Suzette. 2019. Colombia in the Quaternary: an overview of environmental and climatic change.
Academic literature review
  • Antonelli, Alexandre; Kissling, W. Daniel; Flantua, Suzette; Bermúdez, Mauricio A.; Mulch, Andreas; Muellner-Riehl, Alexandra N.; Kreft, Holger; Linder, H. Peter; Badgley, Catherine; Fjeldså, Jon; Fritz, Susanne A.; Rahbek, Carsten; Herman, Frédéric; Hooghiemstra, Henry; Hoorn, Carina. 2018. Geological and climatic influences on mountain biodiversity. 718-725.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)


(21) Antonelli*, A., Kissling*, W.D., Flantua*, S.G.A., Bermúdez*, M.A., Mulch, A., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Kreft, H., Linder, H.P., Badgley, C., Fjeldså, J., Fritz, S.A., Rahbek, C., Herman, F., Hooghiemstra, H., Hoorn*, C. Geological and climatic influence on mountain biodiversity. Nature Geoscience. (* first co-authorship).

(20) Hooghiemstra, H., Flantua, S.G.A. Colombia in Quaternary times: an overview of environmental and climatic change. In: Gómez Tapias, J., Almanza Meléndez, M.F., Ochoa Yarza, A. (eds.), The Geology of Colombia. Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC), Bogotá, Colombia.

(19) Flantua, S.G.A., Hooghiemstra, H. Historical connectivity and mountain biodiversity; with special reference to Andean plants. In: Hoorn C., Perrigo, A., Antonelli A. (eds.), Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity. Chapter 12, Wiley.


(18) Flantua. S.G.A., 2017. Climate change and topography as drivers of Latin American biome dynamics. PhD Dissertation, University of Amsterdam.

(17) Hooghiemstra, H., Flantua, S.G.A., 2017. Hergebruik van data. LAPD – Latin American Pollen Database. Geobrief 3, 14-16

(16) Hoorn, C., Bogotá-Angel, G.R., Romero-Baez, M., Lammertsma, E.I., Flantua, S.G.A., Dantas, E.I., Dino, R., do Carmo, D.A., Chemale Jr, F. The Amazon at Sea: Onset and stages of the Amazon River from a marine record, with special reference to Neogene plant turnover in the drainage basin. Global and Planetary Change 153, 51-65.


(15) Salamanca, S.S., Van Soelen, E.E., Van Manen, M.L.T., Flantua, S.G.A., Santos, R.V., Roddaz, M., Dantas, E.L., Van Loon, E., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Kim, J.H., Hoorn, C., 2016. Amazon forest dynamics under changing abiotic conditions in the early Miocene (Colombian Amazonia). Journal of Biogeography 43(12), 2424-2437.

(14) Flantua, S.G.A., Hooghiemstra, H., Vuille, M., Behling, H., Carson, J.F., Gosling, W.D., Hoyos, I., Ledru, M.P., Montoya, E., Mayle, F., Maldonado, A., Rull, V., Tonello, M.S., Whitney, B.S., González-Arango, C., 2016a. Climate variability and human impact in South America during the last 2000 years: synthesis and perspectives from pollen records. Climate of the Past 12, 483–523.

(13) Flantua, S.G.A., Blaauw, M., Hooghiemstra, H., 2016b. Geochronological database and classification system for age uncertainties in Neotropical pollen records. Climate of the Past 12, 387–414.


(12) Flantua, S.G.A., Hooghiemstra, H., Grimm, E.C., Behling, H., Bush, M.B., González-Arango, C., Gosling, W.D., Ledru, M.-P., Lozano-García, S., Maldonado, A., Prieto, A.R., Rull, V., Van Boxel, J.H., 2015. Updated site compilation of the Latin American Pollen Database. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 223, 104–115.

(11) Hoorn, H., Flantua, S.G.A. 2015. An early start for the Panama land bridge. Science Perspectives 348 (6231):186-187.


(10) Flantua, S.G.A., Hooghiemstra, H., Van Boxel, J.H., Cabrera, M., González-Carranza, Z., González-Arango, C. 2014. Connectivity dynamics since the Last Glacial Maximum in the northern Andes; a pollen-driven framework to assess potential migration. In: W.D. Stevens, O.M. Montiel, P. Raven (eds.) Monographs in Systematic Botany Missouri Botanical Garden 128, 98-123. Paleobotany and Biogeography: A Festschrift for Alan Graham in His 80th Year. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St Louis, MO. ISBN 978-0-915279-97-5

(9) Rincón, S.A., Suárez, C.F., Romero-Ruiz M., Flantua, S.G.A., Sarmiento, A., Hernández, N., Palacios Lozano, M.T., Naranjo, L.G., Usma, S. 2014. Identifying highly biodiverse savannas based on the European Union Renewable Energy Directive (SuLu Map): Conceptual background and technical guidance. WWF Colombia, Bogotá, 104 pp.


(8) Grimm, E.C., Bradshaw, R.H.W., Flantua, S.G.A., Giesecke, T., Lézine, A.M., Takahara, H., Williams. J.W. 2013. Databases and their application. In: S.A. Elias (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science 3, pp. 831-838. Elsevier, Amsterdam. ISBN: 978-0-444-53642-6

(7) Flantua, S.G.A., Bilbao, B., Rosales, J. 2013. Indigenous land use and land cover changes in the National Park of Canaima, Venezuela: Pemón Sector II Kamarata. In: LT. Lopes, S. Arley, J. Silveira da Costa, E.R. Baptista (eds.). Libro Escudo Guianês, biodiversidade, conservação dos recursos naturais e cultura, pp.  209-224. NAEA, GSF, Belém, Georgetown.

(6) Rincon, A., Pascual., U., Flantua, S.G.A. 2013.  Examining spatially varying relationships between coca crops and associated factors in Colombia, using geographically weight regression. Applied Geography 37: 23-33. 

(5) Flantua, S.G.A., Hooghiemstra, H., Grimm, E.C., Markgraf, V., 2013. Updated Latin American Pollen Database: Version 2013 in preparation for NEOTOMA. PAGES Magazine 21, 88.

(4) Bustamente, C., Osorio, F., Rojas, L., Cáceres, X, Romero-Ruiz, M., Sarmiento Dueñas, A., Flórez, N., Hernández, N., Porras, M., Flantua, S.G.A., Vargas, M.C., Beltrán, D., Giménez, N., Tellez, P. 2013. Strategic management plan for the River Orinoco waterbasin, Colombia -   Phase I and II. Instituto de investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt – 4D Elements Consultores S.A.S. – INGEAG, Bogotá, 320 pp. (In Spanish)

(3) Romero-Ruiz, M., Flantua, S.G.A., Sarmiento, A., Hernández, N. 2013. Defining conservation areas in the Orinoco, Colombia: Analysis of studies completed or in progress. WWF Colombia, Bogotá, 38 pp.


(2) Romero, M.H., Flantua, S.G.A., Tansey, K., Berrio, J.C. 2012. Landscape transformation in savannas of northern South America: Land use / cover changes since 1987 in the Llanos Orientales of Colombia. Applied Geography 32: 766-776.


(1) Flantua, S.G.A., Boxel, v. J.H., Hooghiemstra, H., Smaalen, J. 2007. Application of GIS and logistic regression to fossil pollen data in modeling present and past spatial distribution of the Colombian savanna. Climate Dynamics 29(7-8): 697-712.