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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.

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

Patterson, R.T. and Swindles, G.T. 2015. Influence of ocean-atmospheric oscillations on lake ice phenology in eastern North America. Climate Dynamics 45, 2293-2308.

Watson, E.J., Swindles, G.T., Savov, I.P. and Bacon, K.L. 2015. First discovery of Holocene cryptotephra in Amazonia. Scientific Reports 5, 15579.

Reczuga, M., Swindles, G.T., Grewling, Ł. and Lamentowicz, M. 2015. Arcella peruviana sp. nov. (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida, Arcellidae), a new species from a tropical peatland in Amazonia. European Journal of Protistology 51, 437–449.

Watson, E.J, Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T. and Savov, I. 2015. Spatial variability of tephra and carbon accumulation in a Holocene peatland. Quaternary Science Reviews 124, 248-264.

Galloway, J.M., Tullius, D.N., Evenchick, C.A., Swindles, G.T., Hadlari, T. and  Embry, A. 2015. Early Cretaceous vegetation and climate change at high latitude: palynological evidence from Isachsen Formation, Arctic Canada. Cretaceous Research 56, 399-420.

Swindles, G.T., Watson, E., Turner, T.E., Galloway, J.M., Hadlari, T., Wheeler, J. and Bacon, K.L. 2015. Spheroidal carbonaceous particles are a defining stratigraphic marker for the Anthropocene. Scientific Reports 5, 10264.

Swindles, G.T., Holden, J., Raby, C., Turner, T.E., Blundell, A., Charman, D.J., Menberu, M.W. and Kløve, B. 2015. Testing peatland water-table depth transfer functions using high-resolution hydrological monitoring data. Quaternary Science Reviews 120, 107-117.

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 8, 2069-2091.

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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