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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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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 2017 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

oxbow lake
late glacial
water level

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

4 Citations (Scopus)

Ecology of peatland testate amoebae in the Alaskan continuous permafrost zone

Taylor, L. S., Swindles, G. T., Morris, P. J. & Gałka, M., Jan 2019, In : Ecological Indicators. 96, 1, p. 153-162 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Erratum to: Experimental evidence for sustained carbon sequestration in fire-managed, peat moorlands (Nature Geoscience, (2019), 12, 2, (108-112), 10.1038/s41561-018-0266-6)

Baird, A. J., Evans, C. D., Mills, R., Morris, P. J., Page, S. E., Peacock, M., Reed, M., Robroek, B. J. M., Stoneman, R., Swindles, G. T., Thom, T., Waddington, J. M. & Young, D. M., 28 Oct 2019, In : Nature Geoscience. 12, 11, p. 884-885 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

1 Citation (Scopus)

Evidence for ecosystem state shifts in Alaskan continuous permafrost peatlands in response to recent warming

Taylor, L. S., Swindles, G. T., Morris, P. J., Gałka, M. & Green, S. M., 01 Mar 2019, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 207, p. 134-144 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Graeme Swindles (Recipient), 01 Jan 2010

Prize: Election to learned society

Lewis Penny Medal

Graeme Swindles (Recipient), 01 Feb 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2020

  • 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