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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...


Latest publications

[68] Morris, P.J., Baird, A.J., Young, D.M. and Swindles, G.T. 2015. Untangling climate signals from autogenic changes in long-term peatland development. Geophysical Research Letters 42, 10, 788-797.

[67] Swindles, G.T., Morris, P.J., Mullan, D., Watson, E.J., Turner, T.E., Roland, T., Amesbury, M.J., Kokfelt, U., Schoning, K., Pratte, S., Gallego-Sala, A., Charman, D.J., Sanderson, N., Garneau, M., Carrivick, J.L., Woulds, C., Holden, J., Parry, L. and Galloway, J.M. 2015. The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports 5, 17951.

[66] Hadlari, T., Swindles, G.T., Galloway, J.M., Bell, K.M., Sulphur, K.C., Heaman, L.M., Beranek, L.P. and Fallas, K.M. 2015. 1.8 billion years of detrital zircon recycling calibrates a refractory part of Earth's sedimentary cycle. PLoS ONE 10,  e0144727.

[65] 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.

[64] 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.

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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