Dr. Matthieu Giaime is a geographer/geoarchaeologist by training and hold a BA, Msc and PhD from Aix-Marseille University (France). After a research fellowship at the Department of Geography at Durham University (UK), he joined the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa (2019-2020) before becoming a RIMS Research Associate in 2020.
During the past years, his research has evolved and matured in a number of directions structured around the evolution of coastlines (Mediterranean, Black and Red Seas) during the Holocene. His work is subdivided into three interrelated themes: (1) the geomorphology and chronostratigraphy of ancient harbours in deltaic environments; (2) the morphosedimentary response of coastal areas and deltas to climate forcings, human impacts and relative sea-level changes; (3) the chronostratigraphic signature of Holocene risks and hazards.
Aside from his research in marine coastal areas, he is also interested in Holocene human-environment interactions through the lens of continental/lacustrine archives in proximity to archaeological sites. This is the subject of this research carried out in the framework of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (2020-2022) at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The project constitutes the first step in an effort to clarify and rank forcing agents of both physical and anthropogenic origin and their impact upon the fluvial and lacustrine palaeoenvironments of the northern Jordan valley (Hula lake), from a non-determinist perspective.
Dr. Giaime has been collaborating with researchers from the RIMS in several geoarchaeological projects. These include the Tel Akko and Tel Kursi geoarchaeological projects with Prof. Michal Artzy and the South Tiberias Harbour project with Dr. Emmanuel Nantet.