Graeme Swindles


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    United Kingdom

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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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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.


  • GGY1009 Physical Geography: Earth, Wind and Water (module co-ordinator)
  • GGY2058 Global Environmental Change (module co-ordinator)
  • GGY2055 Geographical Research Skills
  • GGY3081 Dissertation


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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