Because I am interested in exploring the connections between complex systems, my research is by nature interdisciplinary and applies methods and concepts from disciplines like paleobotany, geochemistry, ecology and archaeology. Projects with interdisciplinary and international dimensions are challenging, but they also create exciting opportunities to explore worlds big and small. I’m traveling to Europe soon to participate in the 8th International Workshop on African Archaeobotany (IWAA) in Italy and to visit libraries and botanical collections at the University of Montpelier in France. This blog will discuss some new advances in our understanding of plants, people and climate in Africa during the past and show a glimpse of the tiny, but strangely beautiful world of plant micro fossils.