Palaeoecological research in the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen

Kevin J. Edwards* (Corresponding Author), Dmitri Mauquoy, Tim M. Mighall, J. Edward Schofield

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Palaeoecological research in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen can be traced back to pollen-analytical (palynological) and geomorphological collaborations in the early 1970s. The research has generally been nested within Quaternary science and it features strong interdisciplinary links with archaeology, chronostratigraphy, climate change and ecology more generally. The pollen-based emphasis has been augmented by multi-proxy approaches including plant macro- and microfossils, geochemistry and pedology. There has always been techniques- and methodologically-orientated output and the chronological focus has spanned especially the period from the Lateglacial through to the present. With an emphasis upon research since the year 2000, the account is structured around such themes as environmental change in Scotland and the rest of the British Isles, human-environment interactions in the North Atlantic region, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, atmospheric pollution and metals in prehistory, and carbon sequestration and chronologies. A final section looks briefly and selectively at future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-315
Number of pages29
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Issue number3-4
Early online date28 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • chronology
  • climate change
  • human-environment
  • Palaeoecology
  • palynology
  • pollution


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