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Ian Thomas Lawson


Ian Thomas Lawson
Postal address:
School of Geog & Sustainable Devt
Irvine Building
St Andrews

United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 464023

Research overview

I am a Quaternary scientist, trained in pollen analysis and related palaeoenvironmental techniques, with a publication record in Quaternary environmental change in ecosystems ranging from the sub-arctic to the tropics. I have a track record of expertise in the development and functioning of tropical peatlands, including their palaeoecology and geochemistry; quantitative regional-scale synthesis and analysis of environmental data; and long-term (Holocene and older) perspectives on environmental change and human impacts.

My current interests are in:

  • Tropical peatland science
  • Lateglacial and Holocene environmental change
  • Long-term interactions between people and the environment
  • The carbon cycle and the Earth system
  • Quaternary Science, including pollen analysis.

I have published research based on fieldwork in Greece, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Sweden, Peru, and the Republic of Congo, as well as in the UK.

I would welcome expressions of interest from potential research students in any of these fields.

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