Paula Reimer


  • Room 0G.010 - 42 Fitzwilliam Street

    United Kingdom

1990 …2020

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I am interested in all aspects of radiocarbon dating and applications in calibration, archaeology, carbon cycling, ecology and palaeoenviornment.


Research Statement

My research interests are primarily focused on carbon, in both modern and past environments, as a tracer of geochemical processes, as a key component in climate variability and  as a chronological tool. Much of my work focuses on extending and refining the internationally ratified radiocarbon calibration curves which are used by geoscientists and archaeologists to correct radiocarbon ages for the variability of atmospheric or marine 14C in the past. These datasets also provide information on solar variability, ocean circulation changes and geomagnetic field changes over the past 50,000 years. I chair the IntCal Working Group which has been responsible for producing the calibration curves from independently dated material such as tree-rings and corals since 2002 although I have been closely involved with the work from 1986.

As a corollary to radiocarbon calibration, I am interested in both marine and freshwater radiocarbon reservoir offsets which effect radiocarbon ages and calibration of samples from these environments or from humans or animals with a marine dietary component.My investigations also inform about the nature of ocean upwelling and circulation changes over time. I am also interested in the use of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in past dietary studies as a tool to answer questions about human and animal diet in the past and as a way of understanding radiocarbon reservoir effects on the accuracy dating humans and animals subsisting on marine or freshwater resources.

I am also involved in research combining radiocarbon and stable isotopes in understanding the source and fate of carbon in the environment whether terrestrial carbon storage in sediment, efflux to the atmosphere or utilisation in the foodweb of lakes and streams.


 I am no longer teaching undergraduate or MSc modules.


In 2013 I was awarded the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society of London for contributions towards the development of radiocarbon dating and calibration and carbon cycling in the environment. 

I was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2014 and asked to participate as a convener for selection of members for the Geosciences and Geographical Sciences committee and become a member.

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Research Output

Isotopic evidence for changing mobility and landscape use patterns between the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in western Ireland

Snoeck, C., Jones, C., Pouncett, J., Goderis, S., Claeys, P., Mattielli, N., Zazzo, A., Reimer, P. J., Lee-Thorp, J. A. & Schulting, R. J., 28 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 30, 10 p., 102214.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    An Investigation into 14C offsets in Modern Mollusk Shell and Flesh from Irish Coasts shows no Significant differences in areas of Carbonate Geology

    Allen, K., Reimer, P., Beilman, D. & Crow, S., 01 Dec 2019, In : Radiocarbon. 61, 6, p. 1913-1922 10 p., 28.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Cave bear occupation in Schwabenreith Cave, Austria, during the early last glacial: constraints from 230Th/U-dated speleothems

    Spötl, C., Scholz, D., Rabeder, G. & Reimer, P. J., 01 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Quaternary Science. 34, 6, p. 424-432 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 55 Downloads (Pure)

    Character, rates, and environmental significance of holocene dust accumulation in archaeological hilltop ruins in the southern levant

    Lucke, B., Roskin, J., Vanselow, K. A., Bruins, H. J., Abu-Jaber, N., Deckers, K., Lindauer, S., Porat, N., Reimer, P. J., Bäumler, R., Erickson-Gini, T. & Kouki, P., 24 Apr 2019, In : Geosciences (Switzerland). 9, 4, 60 p., 190.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 66 Downloads (Pure)


    2013 Lyell Medal

    Paula Reimer (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Elected member Royal Irish Academy

    Paula Reimer (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society


    An overview of the IntCal20 radiocarbon calibration curve

    Paula Reimer (Advisor)
    29 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    XX INQUA Congress

    Paula Reimer (Organiser)
    30 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    An overview of the IntCal19 radiocarbon calibration curve

    Paula Reimer (Advisor)
    29 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    XX INQUA Congress

    Paula Reimer (Organiser)
    29 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Science Advances (Journal)

    Paula Reimer (Peer reviewer)
    12 Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review


    Conservation of Maerl (Calcareous red seaweed) in Europe

    Daryl Birkett (Participant), Christine Maggs (Participant), Matthew Dring (Participant), Charmaine Blake (Participant), Sian Wilson (Participant), Paula Reimer (Participant), Mark Johnson (Participant)

    Impact: Public Policy Impact, Environmental Impact