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Research at St Andrews

Katy Roucoux


Katy Roucoux
Postal address:
School of Geog & Sustainable Devt
Irvine Building
St Andrews

United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 464025

Research overview

I specialise in long-term ecology and palaeoclimatology. The focus of my research is the use of palaeoecological methods, in particular sub-fossil pollen and sediments, to reconstruct past vegetation responses to climatic change and anthropogenic activity during the Pleistocene and Holocene. I am currently working on the Holocene history of tropical (particularly Amazonian) peatlands where we are investigating questions of carbon dynamics, ecological change, and the effects of human activities on peatland ecosystem function. I am leading a Leverhulme Trust funded research project entitled Valuing Intact Tropical Peatlands: An Interdisciplinary Challenge which is investigating how mestizo and indigenous communities, in the Pastaza-Maranon Foreland Basin in Peruvian Amazonia, use and value their peatlands (see project website). I continue to be involved in work on pollen records spanning multiple glacial-interglacial cycles from the Mediterranean region.  

  • Long-term ecology
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Long term dynamics of tropical forests
  • Quaternary palaeoecology
  • Pollen analysis in ocean, lake and peat records
  • Mediterranean palaeoclimate reconstruction

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