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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 - 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.

Major research foci include (i) the long-term ecohydrological dynamics and functioning of temperate, tropical and subarctic peatlands; (ii) the use of testate amoebae as environmental indicators in peatlands and lakes;...


Sulphur, K.C., Goldsmith, S.A., Galloway, J.M., Macumber, A., Griffith, F., Swindles, G.T., Patterson, R.T., Falck, H. and Clark, I.D. 2016. Holocene fire regimes and treeline migration rates in sub-arctic Canada. Global and Planetary Change 145, 42–56.

Swindles, G.T., Green, S.M., Brown, L., Holden, J., Raby, C.L., Turner, T.E., Smart, R. and Baird, A.J. 2016. Evaluating the use of dominant microbial consumers (testate amoebae) as indicators of blanket peatland restoration. Ecological Indicators 69, 318-330.

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.

Turner, T.E., Swindles, G.T., Charman, D.J., Langdon, P.G., Morris, P.J., Booth, R.K., Parry, L.E. and Nichols, J.E. 2016. Solar cycles or random processes? Evaluating solar variability in Holocene climate records. Scientific Reports 6, 23961.

Baird, A.J., Milner, A.M., Blundell, A., Swindles, G.T. and Morris, P.J. 2016. Microform-scale variations in peatland permeability and their ecohydrological implications. Journal of Ecology 104, 531-544.

Watson, E.J., Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T. and Savov, I.P. 2016. Do peatlands or lakes provide the most comprehensive distal tephra records? Quaternary Science Reviews 139, 110-128.

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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