Past Life & Environments

The focus is on understanding the causes and effects of past climatic and environmental change to assess their influence on evolution and biodiversity as well as providing the basis of which to evaluate the potential impacts of future climate change.

The Partners’ research strengths cover all the major time periods from the Precambrian to the Anthropocene.

This pathway will also focus on the changing relationship between humans and the environment from our evolution in Africa, to the origins of agriculture and urbanisation, to the effect of the industrial revolution.

The DTP has world renowned experts in palaeoclimate, palaeoceanography, palaeoecology, palaeoliminology, palaeohydrology, science based archaeology, molecular palaeobiology, vertebrate palaeobiology, Quaternary palaeontology, palaeoanthropology, plant and animal domestication and extinction.

Exemplar Projects:

1st Supervisor Inst.: Project Title: 2nd Supervisor: Inst.:
Lukas, Sven QMUL Modelling former precipitation gradients during the Younger Dryas in Scotland
Maslin, Mark UCL Understanding the evolution of Mediterranean vegetation by studying the Miocene Petrified Forest of Lesvos (Greece) Tzadakis, Chronis UCL
Todd, Jonathan NHM Ecological and evolutionary response to the PETM in the southern North Sea Basin Wade, Bridget UCL
Le Heron, Daniel RHUL The Neoproterozoic Luoquan/Fengtai glaciation on the North China craton Shields, Graham UCL
Thornalley, David UCL The AMOC and past abrupt climate change: new views on an old paradigm
Martin-Puertas, Celia RHUL Evaluating the effects of shifting solar activity on European Climate during the Holocene Blockley, Simon RHUL

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