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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.


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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). 


  • GGY1009 Physical Geography: Earth, Wind and Water 
  • GGY2058 Global Environmental Change (module co-ordinator)
  • GGY2055 Geographical Research Skills
  • GGY3081 Dissertation
  • GGY3095 Environmental Catastrophes (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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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