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Graeme Swindles Dr Graeme Swindles

Contact details

Room Garstang 10.31
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
g.t.swindles

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 39127

Student hours:
Tuesday 10am - 4pm [not reading week]

Research overview

I am Associate Professor of Earth System Dynamics. I have quite broad research interests in Earth System Science and work on topics concerning both past and present environmental change. My work crosses the disciplines of ecology, palaeoecology and geology. I work in a diverse range of environments from Arctic tundra to tropical rainforests in a range of locations including South and Central America, Canada, Sweden, Britain, Ireland and Alaska. I am one of the founding members of Leeds Quaternary. Follow #LeedsQuaternary on Twitter for updates on our activities.

Major research foci include (i) the long-term ecohydrological dynamics and functioning...

 

Selected recent publications

Watson, E.J., Swindles, G.T., Savov, I., Lawson, I.T., Connor, C. and Wilson, J. 2017. Estimating the frequency of volcanic ash clouds over northern Europe. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 460, 41-49.

Amesbury, M.J., Swindles, G.T., Bobrob, A., Charman, D.J., Holden, J., Lamentowicz, M., Mallon, G., Mazei, Y., Mitchell, E.A.D., Payne, R.J., Roland, T.P., Turner, T.E. and Warner, B.G. 2016. Development of a new pan-European testate amoeba transfer function for reconstructing peatland palaeohydrology. Quaternary Science Reviews 152, 132-151.

Swindles, G.T., Morris, P.J., Wheeler, J., Smith, M., Bacon, K.L., Turner, T.E., Headley, A. and Galloway, J.M. 2016. Resilience of peatland ecosystem services over millennial timescales: evidence from a degraded British bog. Journal of Ecology 104, 621-636.

Swindles, G.T., Morris, P.J., Mullan, D., Watson, E.J., Turner, T.E., Roland, T., Amesbury, M.J., Kokfelt, U., Schoning, K., Pratte, S., Gallego-Sala, A., Charman, D.J., Sanderson, N., Garneau, M., Carrivick, J.L., Woulds, C., Holden, J., Parry, L. and Galloway, J.M. 2015. The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports 5, 17951.

Morris, P.J., Baird, A.J., Young, D.M. and Swindles, G.T. 2015. Untangling climate signals from autogenic changes in long-term peatland development. Geophysical Research Letters 42, 10, 788-797.

Armit, I.T., Swindles, G.T., Becker, K.A., Blaauw, M and Plunkett, G.  2014. Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, 17045-17049.

Current projects

  • The cause of Molinia caerulea (purple moor grass) dominance in peatlands (funded by Lafarge-Tarmac).
  • Palaeoenvironmental records from peatlands in Peruvian Amazonia (funded by The Royal Society).
  • Mobility, Climate and Culture: Re-modelling the Irish Iron Age (funded by The British Academy).

More work in progress

 

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