Category: Frazer Bird

Aquatic community response to volcanic eruptions on the Ecuadorian Andean flank

Online, open access: Matthews-Bird, F., Brooks, S.J., Gosling, W.D., Gulliver, P., Mothes, P. & Montoya, E. (2017) Aquatic community response to volcanic eruptions on the Ecuadorian Andean flank: Evidence from the palaeoecological record. Journal of Paleolimnology 58: 437-453. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-017-0001-0

Andean microrefugia: testing the Holocene to predict the Anthropocene

Valencia, B.G., Matthews-Bird, F., Urrego, D.H., Williams, J.J., Gosling, W.D. & Bush, M. (2016) Andean microrefugia: Testing the Holocene to predict the Anthropocene. New Phytologist online. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14042

Inferring late-Holocene climate in the Ecuadorian Andes using a chironomid-based temperature inference model

Matthews-Bird, F., Brooks, S.J., Holden, P.B., Montoya, E. & Gosling, W.D. (2016) Inferring late-Holocene climate in the Ecuadorian Andes using a chironomid-based temperature inference model. Climate of the Past 12, 1263-1280. DOI: 10.5194/cp-12-1263-2016

Quantifying late-Holocene climate in the Ecuadorian Andes using a chironomid-based temperature inference model

Our latest manuscript has just been made available, via Climate of the Past Discussions, for comment and review. Click here to check it out. We look forward to hearing what people think. Quantifying late-Holocene climate in the Ecuadorian Andes using a chironomid-based temperature inference…

Environmental controls on the distribution and diversity of lentic Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) across an altitudinal gradient in tropical South America

Open access online: Matthews-Bird, F., Gosling, W.D., Coe, A.L., Bush, M., Mayle, F.E., Axford, Y. & Brooks, S.J. (2015) Environmental controls on the distribution and diversity of lentic Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) across an altitudinal gradient in tropical South America. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1833…

Frazer on climate change & insects – AGU video

Frazer Matthews-Bird’s video on his PhD research examining long-term (>50 year) climate change from fossil insects (chironomids) has been shortlisted for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) student competition prize. Please watch Frazer’s video and “Like”; the most liked video will win free entry into…

Three new videos on the Ecology of the Past Youtube channel

We’ve got a bumper crop of palaeoecological film making for you today, with three videos uploaded to our very own ‘Ecology of the Past’ Youtube channel. We’ve got an interview with Will Gosling, talking about the Bosumtwi pollen chemistry project and his own background…

Recent reading

News articles: Unesco to rule on Tasmania forest and Great Barrier Reef, BBC News Asia. Climate change will ‘cost world far more than estimated’, by Tom Bawden, The Independent. Scientific articles: Heslop-Harrison, J. (1979) Aspects of the structure, cytochemistry and germination of the pollen…

Insects, sediment and climate change

Insects, sediment and climate change Frazer Bird and William Gosling talk about how to conduct palaeoecological research in the tropics for NERC’s Planet Earth pod-cast. Click here to here to listen to the conversation. For other similar stories online visit the Planet Earth website.

Anthropogenic climate change and the nature of Earth System science

Frazer Bird on: Oldfield, F., Steffen, W. 2014. Anthropogenic climate change and the nature of Earth System Science. The Anthropocene Review,1, 70-75. This paper is a very interesting read for anyone working in the field of palaeoecology. It briefly discusses some of the key…

The Anthropocene Review – reviewed

The Anthropocene Review is a new journal focusing on the impact of humans on planet Earth through time; information on the latest publications can be found on the associated blog. Given that much of the research we are interested in relates human-environment interactions in…

Back to the future: using proxy data to assess environmental change

PCRG’s Frazer Bird gives a leture for schools in Milton Keynes as part of the CEPSAR Christmas Lecture series: To find out more read Frazer’s blog post about his research.