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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

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.

Armit, I. Swindles, G.T., Becker, K. 2013. From dates to demography in later prehistoric Ireland? Experimental approaches to the meta-analysis of large 14C data-sets. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 433-438.

Charman, D.J. & 40 co-authors including Swindles, G.T.  2013. Climate-related changes in peatland carbon accumulation during the last millennium. Biogeosciences 10, 929-944.


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