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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 and work on both past and present environmental change issues.

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 examination of past human response and adaptation to climate change...


Latest publications

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., 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.

Upiter, L.M., Vermaire, J.C., Patterson, R.T., Crann, C., Galloway, J.M., Macumber, A.L., Neville, L.A., Swindles, G.T., Falck, H., Roe, H.M. and Pisaric, M.F.J. 2014. Mid- to late Holocene chironomid-inferred July temperatures for the central Northwest Territories, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology 52, 11-26.

Bowman, V., Francis, J.E., Askin, R.A., Riding, J.B. and Swindles, G.T. 2014. Latest Cretaceous–earliest Paleogene vegetation and climate change at the high southern latitudes: palynological evidence from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 408, 26-47.

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.


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