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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


+44 (0) 113 34 39127

Student hours:
Tuesday 10am - 12.30pm [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 and Peat Club. Follow #leedsquaternary and #peatclub on Twitter for updates on our activities.

Major research foci include (i) the...


Most recent publications

[101] Swindles, G.T., Baird, A.J., Kilbride, E., Low, R. and Lopez, O. 2018. Testing the relationship between testate amoeba community composition and environmental variables in a coastal tropical peatlandEcological Indicators 91, 636-644.

[100] Swindles, G.T., Savov, I.P., Schmidt, A., Hooper, A., Connor, C.B. and Carrivick, J.L. 2018. REPLY: Climatic control on Icelandic volcanic activity during the mid-Holocene. Geology 46, e444.

[99] Swindles, G.T. 2018. The plight of Amazonia’s oldest peatland. Geology Today 34, 59-61. 

[98] Swindles, G.T., Kelly, T.J., Roucoux, K.H. and Lawson, I.T. 2018. Response of testate amoebae to a late Holocene ecosystem shift in an Amazonian peatland. European Journal of Protistology 64, 13-19.

[97] Galloway, J.M., Swindles, G.T., Jamieson, H.E., Palmer, M., Parsons, M.B., Sanei, H., Macumber, A.L., Patterson, R.T. and Falck, H. 2018. Organic matter control on the distribution of arsenic in lake sediments impacted by ~65 years of gold ore processing in subarctic Canada. Science of the Total Environment 622-623, 1668-1679.

[96] Swindles, G.T., Morris, P.J., Whitney, B., Galloway, J.M., Gałka, M., Gallego-Sala, A., Macumber, A.L., Mullan, D., Smith, M.W., Amesbury, M.J., Roland, T.P., Sanei, H., Patterson, R.T., Sanderson, N., Parry, L., Charman, D.J., Lopez, O., Valderamma, E., Watson, E.J., Ivanovic, R.F., Valdes, P.J., Turner, T.E. and Lähteenoja, O. 2018. Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change Biology 24, 738-757.

[95] Swindles, G.T., Watson, E.J., Savov, I.P., Lawson, I.T., Schmidt, A., Hooper, A., Cooper, C.L., Connor, C.B., Gloor, M. and Carrivick, J.L. 2018. Climatic control on Icelandic volcanic activity during the mid-Holocene. Geology 46, 47-50.

[94] Cooper, C.L., Swindles, G.T., Savov, I.P., Schmidt, A. and Bacon, K.L. 2018. Evaluating the relationship between climate change and volcanism. Earth Science Reviews 177, 238-247.

[93] Gałka, M., Swindles, G.T., Szal, M., Fulweber, R. and Feurdean, A. 2018. Response of plant communities to climate change during the late Holocene: palaeoecological insights from peatlands in the Alaskan Arctic. Ecological Indicators 85, 525-536.

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).

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