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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 10am - 4pm [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 work in a diverse range of environments from Arctic tundra to tropical rainforests in a range of locations including South and Central America, Canada, Sweden, Britain, Ireland and Alaska. I am one of the founding members of Leeds Quaternary and Peat Club. Follow #leedsquaternary and #peatclub on Twitter for updates on our activities.

Major research foci include (i) the...


Selected recent publications

[91] Mullan, D.J., Swindles, G.T., Patterson, R.T., Galloway, J., Macumber, A.L., Falck, H., Crossley, L.H., Chen, J., Pisaric, M. 2017. Climate change and the long-term viability of the world's busiest heavy-haul ice road. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 129, 1089-1108.

[90] University of Leeds Peat Club: Bacon, K.L., Baird, A.J., Blundell, A., Bourgault, M-A., Chapman, P., Dargie, G., Dooling, G.P., Gee, C., Holden, J., Kelly, T., McKendrick-Smith, K.A., Morris, P.J., Noble, Al., Palmer, S.M., Quillet, Q., Swindles, G.T., Watson, E.J. and Young, D.M. 2017. Questioning ten common assumptions about peatlands. Mires and Peat 19(12), 1-23.

[89] Watson, E.J., Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T., Savov, I.P. and Wastegård, S. 2017. The presence of Holocene cryptotephra in Wales and southern England. Journal of Quaternary Science 32, 493-500.

[88] Watson, E.J., Kołaczek, P., Słowiński, M., Swindles, G.T., Marcisz, K., Gałka, M. and Lamentowicz, M. 2017. First discovery of Holocene Alaskan and Icelandic tephra in Polish peatlands. Journal of Quaternary Science 32, 457-462.

[87] Baird, A.J., Low, R., Young, D., Swindles, G.T., Lopez, O. and Page, S. 2017. High hydraulic conductivity explains the vulnerability of the carbon store in drained tropical peatlands. Geophysical Research Letters 44, 1333-1339.

[86] Gammon, P., Neville, L.A., Patterson, R.T., Savard, M.M. and Swindles, G.T. 2017. A log-normal spectral analysis of inorganic grain size distributions from a Canadian boreal lake core: towards refining depositional process proxy data from high latitude lakes. Sedimentology 64, 609-630.

[85] Holden, J., Green, S.M., Baird, A.J., Grayson, R.P., Dooling, G.P., Chapman, P.J., Evans, C.D., Peacock, M. and Swindles, G.T. 2017. The impact of ditch blocking on the hydrological functioning of blanket peatlands. Hydrological Processes 31,  525-539.

[84] Patterson, R.T., Crann, C.A., Cutts, J.A., Courtney Mustaphi, C.J., Nasser, N.A., Macumber, A.L., Galloway, J.M., Swindles, G.T. and Falck, H. 2017. New occurrences of the White River Ash (east lobe) in Subarctic Canada and utility for estimating freshwater reservoir effect in lake sediment archives. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 477, 1-9.

[83] Watson, E.J., Swindles, G.T., Savov, I., Lawson, I.T., Connor, C. and Wilson, J. 2017. Estimating the frequency of volcanic ash clouds over northern Europe. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 460, 41-49.

Current projects

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