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School of Geography

Graeme Swindles Dr Graeme Swindles

Contact details

Room B17c
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 39127

Student hours:
Tuesday (all day) - except reading week

Research overview

I am Associate Professor of Earth System Dynamics. I am primarily interested in the use of quantitative reconstruction and statistical modelling techniques for understanding long-term climatic and environmental change. However, I have quite broad research interests in Earth System Science.

Major research foci include (i) the long-term ecohydrological dynamics and functioning of temperate, tropical and arctic peatlands; (ii) the use of testate amoebae as environmental indicators in peatlands and lakes; (iii)  high-resolution dating methods including tephrochronology; (iv) the critical examination of past human response and adaptation to climate change using palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data; and (v) the use of...


Latest publications

Macumber, A.L., Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M., Reinhardt, E, Neville, L.A. and Swindles, G.T. 2014. Autoecological approaches to resolve subjective taxonomic divisions within Arcellacea. Protist 165, 305-316.

Turner, T.E., Swindles, G.T. and Roucoux, K. 2014. Late Holocene ecohydrological and carbon dynamics of a UK raised bog: human activity or climate change? Quaternary Science Reviews 84, 65-85.

Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T., Matthews, I.P., Blaauw, M., Daley, T.J., Charman, D.J., Roland, T.P., Plunkett, G., Schettler, G., Gearey, B.R., Turner, T.E., Rea, H.A., Roe, H.M., Amesbury, M.J., Chambers, F.M., Holmes, J., Mitchell, F.J.G., Blackford, J., Blundell, A., Branch, N., Holmes, J., Langdon, P., McCarroll, J., McDermott, F., Oksanen, P.O., Pritchard, O., Stastney, O., Stefanini, B., Young, D., Wheeler, J., Becker, K., Armit, I. 2013. Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene. Earth Science Reviews 126, 300-320.

Swindles, G.T., Galloway, J., Outram, Z., Turner, K., Schofield, J.E., Newton, A., Dugmore, A.J., Church, M.J., Watson, E., Batt, C.M., Bond, J.M., Edwards, J.K., Turner, V. and Bashford, D. 2013. Re-deposited cryptotephra layers in Holocene peats linked to anthropogenic activity. The Holocene 23, 1493-1501.

Swindles, G.T., Savov, I.P., Connor, C.B., Carrivick, J., Watson, E. and Lawson, I.T. 2013. Volcanic ash clouds affecting Northern Europe: the long view. Geology Today 29, 214-217.


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