Graeme Swindles

Professor

  • Room 02.010 - Geography Building

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

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

20062021

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Research Focus

Please find my full publication list at https://swindlesgraeme.wixsite.com/publications

I have broad research interests in Earth System Science and work on topics concerning both past, present and future environmental and climatic change. I work in a diverse range of environments from Arctic tundra to tropical rainforests and many places in-between! 

My specific research foci include:

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

Teaching

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

Particulars

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

Qualifications

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

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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  • A ~ 40-year paleoenvironmental record from the Swan Oxbow, Yangtze River, China, inferred from testate amoebae and sedimentary pigments

    Qin, Y., Zhang, L., Swindles, G. T., Yang, H., Gu, Y. & Qi, S., Jun 2021, In: Journal of Paleolimnology. 66, p. 29-40 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Author Correction: Expert assessment of future vulnerability of the global peatland carbon sink

    Loisel, J., Gallego-Sala, A. V., Amesbury, M. J., Magnan, G., Anshari, G., Beilman, D. W., Benavides, J. C., Blewett, J., Camill, P., Charman, D. J., Chawchai, S., Hedgpeth, A., Kleinen, T., Korhola, A., Large, D., Mansilla, C. A., Müller, J., van Bellen, S., West, J. B., Yu, Z. & 50 others, Bubier, J. L., Garneau, M., Moore, T., Sannel, A. B. K., Page, S., Väliranta, M., Bechtold, M., Brovkin, V., Cole, L. E. S., Chanton, J. P., Christensen, T. R., Davies, M. A., De Vleeschouwer, F., Finkelstein, S. A., Frolking, S., Gałka, M., Gandois, L., Girkin, N., Harris, L. I., Heinemeyer, A., Hoyt, A. M., Jones, M. C., Joos, F., Juutinen, S., Kaiser, K., Lacourse, T., Lamentowicz, M., Larmola, T., Leifeld, J., Lohila, A., Milner, A. M., Minkkinen, K., Moss, P., Naafs, B. D. A., Nichols, J., O’Donnell, J., Payne, R., Philben, M., Piilo, S., Quillet, A., Ratnayake, A. S., Roland, T. P., Sjögersten, S., Sonnentag, O., Swindles, G. T., Swinnen, W., Talbot, J., Treat, C., Valach, A. C. & Wu, J., Apr 2021, In: Nature Climate Change. 11, 4, p. 362 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debatepeer-review

  • Developing a continental-scale testate amoeba hydrological transfer function for Asian peatlands

    Qin, Y., Li, H., Mazei, Y., Kurina, I., Swindles, G. T., Bobrov, A., Tsyganov, A. N., Gu, Y., Huang, X., Xue, J., Lamentowicz, M., Marcisz, K., Roland, T., Payne, R. J., Mitchell, E. A. D. & Xie, S., 15 Apr 2021, In: Quaternary Science Reviews. 258, 106868.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Divergent responses of permafrost peatlands to recent climate change

    Sim, T. G., Swindles, G. T., Morris, P. J., Baird, A. J., Cooper, C. L., Gallego-Sala, A. V., Charman, D. J., Roland, T. P., Borken, W., Mullan, D. J., Aquino-López, M. A. & Gałka, M., 11 Feb 2021, In: Environmental Research Letters. 16, 3, 14 p., 034001.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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  • Expert assessment of future vulnerability of the global peatland carbon sink

    Loisel, J., Gallego-Sala, A. V., Amesbury, M. J., Magnan, G., Anshari, G., Beilman, D. W., Benavides, J. C., Blewett, J., Camill, P., Charman, D. J., Chawchai, S., Hedgpeth, A., Kleinen, T., Korhola, A., Large, D., Mansilla, C. A., Müller, J., van Bellen, S., West, J. B., Yu, Z. & 50 others, Bubier, J. L., Garneau, M., Moore, T., Sannel, A. B. K., Page, S., Väliranta, M., Bechtold, M., Brovkin, V., Cole, L. E. S., Chanton, J. P., Christensen, T. R., Davies, M. A., De Vleeschouwer, F., Finkelstein, S. A., Frolking, S., Gałka, M., Gandois, L., Girkin, N., Harris, L. I., Heinemeyer, A., Hoyt, A. M., Jones, M. C., Joos, F., Juutinen, S., Kaiser, K., Lacourse, T., Lamentowicz, M., Larmola, T., Leifeld, J., Lohila, A., Milner, A. M., Minkkinen, K., Moss, P., Naafs, B. D. A., Nichols, J., O’Donnell, J., Payne, R., Philben, M., Piilo, S., Quillet, A., Ratnayake, A. S., Roland, T. P., Sjögersten, S., Sonnentag, O., Swindles, G. T., Swinnen, W., Talbot, J., Treat, C., Valach, A. C. & Wu, J., 21 Jan 2021, In: Nature Climate Change. 11, p. 70–77

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    4 Citations (Scopus)
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