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PhD projects

Earth System Science; Geoscience; Environmental Change; Quaternary Science; Peatlands; Neo- and Palaeoecology; Microbial Ecology; Micropalaeontology; Ecohydrology; Climate Change; Pollution; Volcanoes; Extreme Events; Anthropocene; Human-Environment relations; Human impacts.


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Personal profile

Research Focus

I have broad research interests in Earth System Science and work on topics concerning both past, present and future environmental change. 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, Norway, Britain, Ireland and Alaska. 

My specific research foci include:

  1. Long-term eco-hydrological dynamics and functioning of temperate, tropical and subarctic peatlands;
  2. Testate amoebae as environmental indicators in peatlands and lakes;
  3. High-resolution dating methods including tephrochronology;
  4. Critical examination of past human response and adaptation to climate change;
  5. Use of temporal data and probability modelling in geohazards research;
  6. Use of quantitative reconstruction and statistical modelling techniques for understanding  climatic and environmental change; 
  7. Extreme events;
  8. Human-environment relations in the past-present-future, the Anthropocene, and the impacts of humans on Planet Earth.


  • GGY2058 Global Environmental Change (module co-ordinator)


Present positions

  • 2020-Present: Professor of Physical Geography, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2016-Present: Research Professor (Adjunct), Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Canada

Former positions

  • 2013-2020: Associate Professor (Reader) of Earth System Dynamics, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2010-2013: Lecturer in Earth System Dynamics, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2007-2010: Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Bradford, UK


  • BSc (Hons) (2002): Geography, Durham University
  • PhD (2006): Geography, Queen's University, Belfast
  • PGCHEP (2010): University of Bradford
  • FHEA (2010)

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Research Output

Drivers of Holocene palsa distribution in North America

Fewster, R. E., Morris, P. J., Swindles, G. T., Gregoire, L. J., Ivanovic, R. F., Valdes, P. J. & Mullan, D., 15 Jul 2020, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 240, 106337.

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    Is there a climatic control on Icelandic volcanism?

    Cooper, C. L., Savov, I. P., Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Ivanovic, R., Carrivick, J. & Swindles, G., 07 May 2020, In : Quaternary Science Advances. 1, 100004.

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    Late Glacial and early Holocene development of an oxbow lake in Central Europe (Poland) based on plant macrofossil and geochemical data

    Gałka, M., Lewandowska, A., Niedzielski, P., Sim, T. G., Swindles, G. T. & Szczurek, G., 01 Jan 2020, In : Holocene. 30, 1, p. 178-189 12 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Quantifying the effect of testate amoeba decomposition on peat-based water-table reconstructions

    Swindles, G. T., Roland, T. P., Amesbury, M. J., Lamentowicz, M., McKeown, M. M., Sim, T. G., Fewster, R. E. & Mitchell, E. A. D., 01 Jun 2020, In : European Journal of Protistology. 74, 125693.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Complexities in interpreting chironomid-based temperature reconstructions over the Holocene from a lake in Western Ireland

    McKeown, M. M., Caseldine, C. J., Thompson, G., Swindles, G. T., Ivanovic, R. F., Roland, T. P., Valdes, P. J. & Potito, A. P., 15 Oct 2019, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 222, 19 p., 105908.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Swindles, Graeme (Recipient), 01 Jan 2010

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Lewis Penny Medal

    Swindles, Graeme (Recipient), 01 Feb 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Membership of peer review panel or committee

    Irish Quaternary Association (External organisation)

    Graeme Swindles (Vice Chair)

    01 Mar 202001 Mar 2025

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Graeme Swindles (Editor)

    01 Jan 201501 Jan 2030

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    Frozen volcanoes are waking up

    Graeme Swindles


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research