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Graeme Swindles Dr Graeme Swindles

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
g.t.swindles

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 39127

Student hours:
Tuesday (all day) - except 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 am primarily interested in the use of quantitative reconstruction and statistical modelling techniques for understanding long-term climatic and environmental change. 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; (iii)  high-resolution dating methods including tephrochronology; (iv) the critical...

 

Latest publications

Swindles, G.T., Holden, J., Raby, C., Turner, T.E., Blundell, A., Charman, D.J., Menberu, M.W. and Kløve, B. 2015. Testing peatland water-table depth transfer functions using high-resolution hydrological monitoring data. Quaternary Science Reviews 120, 107-117.

Swindles, G.T., Amesbury, M., Turner, T.E., Carrivick, J.L., Woulds, C., Raby, C., Mullan, D., Roland, T.P., Galloway, J., Parry, L., Kokfelt, U., Garneau, M., Charman, D.J. and Holden, J. 2015. Evaluating the use of testate amoebae for palaeohydrological reconstruction in permafrost peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 424, 111-122.

Stevenson, J.A., Millington, S.C., Beckett, F.M., Swindles, G.T. and Thordarson, T. 2015. Big Grains Go Far: Reconciling tephrochronology with atmospheric measurements of volcanic ash. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 8, 2069-2091.

Swindles, G.T., Turner, T.E., Roe, H.M., Rea, H.A. and Hall, V.A. 2015. Testing the cause of the Sphagnum austinii (Sull. ex Aust.) decline: multiproxy evidence from a raised bog in Northern Ireland. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 213, 17-26.

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.

Swindles, G.T., Reczuga, M., Lamentowicz, M., Raby, C., Turner, T.E., Charman, D.J., Gallego-Sala, A., Valderrama, E., Williams, C., Draper, F., Honorio Coronado, E.N., Roucoux, K.H., Baker, T. and Mullan, D.J. 2014. Ecology of testate amoebae in an Amazonian peatland and development of a transfer function for palaeohydrological reconstruction. Microbial Ecology 68, 284-298.

Current projects

  • The cause of Molinia caerulea (purple moor grass) dominance in peatlands (funded by Lafarge).
  • Palaeoenvironmental records from ombrotrophic 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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