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Graeme Swindles Dr Graeme Swindles

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
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., 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 - Discussions 8, 65-120.

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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