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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 all day [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.

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 using palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data; (v) the use of palaeoenvironmental data...


[74] 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.

[73] 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.

[72] 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.

[71] 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.

[70] 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.

[69] Surtees, A.P.H., Swindles, G.T., Munshi, T., Savov, I.P., Scowen, I.J. and Edwards, H.G.M. 2016. Raman Spectroscopy for the discrimination of tephras from the Hekla eruptions of 1510 and 1947. The Holocene 26, 432–438.

Current projects

  • The cause of Molinia caerulea (purple moor grass) dominance in peatlands (funded by Lafarge-Tarmac).
  • 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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