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Research at St Andrews

Althea Davies


Research overview

My research focuses on human-environmental interactions during the Holocene, including the influence of past environmental change and resource management on current biodiversity and ecosystem resilience. My approach is strongly interdisciplinary, using palaeoecological techniques and social science methods to integrate multiple sources of evidence and knowledge. Key topics include:

  • Woodland and peatland dynamics in upland and mountain ecosystems, particularly during the late Holocene/historic period, with a focus on NW Europe
  • The role of large herbivores in ecosystem transformation during the Holocene, including method development using dung fungi and biomarkers
  • Intact tropical peatlands as socio-ecological systems: conservation and local community values (Peruvian Amazon)
  • Participatory approaches to understand social dimensions of natural resource management (Scotland, Peru)
  • Integrating palaeoecology and ecology


PhD research projects available

I am happy to receive expressions of interest in any of my research areas

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