My main research line focuses on the study of modern and fossil land snail shell assemblages via multidisciplinary approaches such as isotope geochemistry, taxonomy, taphonomy, paleoecology, morphometrics and aminoacid dating. I use all these proxies to attempt to reconstruct past environmental and ecological conditions, to estimate the quality and fidelity of the fossil record, to better understand organism-environment interactions, and to predict the ecological response of land snails to habitat perturbations. I am mostly interested in low-latitude oceanic settings, which are highly sensitive to human impact and global change. My primary field-research areas include the Canary Archipelago and The Bahamas.
Other active research lines I work on include (1) isotope geochemistry of human and animal bone collagen (implications in reconstructing the paleodiet of ancient human populations), (2) stable isotope composition and concentration of indoor and outdoor atmospheric CO2 (implications in the environment and global change), (3) predator-prey interactions between marine gastropods (implications in the fossil record of predation), and (4) isotope geochemistry of aquatic mollusk shells (implications in reconstructing the paleoenvironment in marine and freshwater realms).
Press Release: Snail Fossils Suggest Semiarid Eastern Canary Islands Were Wetter 50,000 Years Ago (November 2009).
Y. Yanes "snailing" above 2,000 meters a.s.l. in Tenerife Island (2007)
Y. Yanes in a Quaternary eolian section from La Graciosa Islet (2010)
Wesley Parker, Kayla Parr and Yurena Yanes in an archeological site in La Palma island (2016)