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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

[93] Cooper, C.L., Swindles, G.T., Savov, I.P., Schmidt, A. and Bacon, K.L. 2018. Evaluating the relationship between climate change and volcanism. Earth Science Reviews 177, 238-247.

[92] Gałka, M., Swindles, G.T., Szal, M., Fulweber, R. and Feurdean, A. 2018. Response of plant communities to climate change during the late Holocene: palaeoecological insights from peatlands in the Alaskan Arctic. Ecological Indicators 85, 525-536.

[91] Mullan, D.J., Swindles, G.T., Patterson, R.T., Galloway, J., Macumber, A.L., Falck, H., Crossley, L.H., Chen, J. and 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.

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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