Mr Ashley Abrook

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Educational background

2014-2018: PhD, Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway, University of London, The London NERC DTP

2012-2013: MSc, Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway, University of London

2008-2011: BSc (Hons), Geography, University of Southampton 

Research interests

My primary research interests centre on understanding the spatial pattern, magnitude and timing of abrupt, sub-millennial climatic oscillations during the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition (LGIT), 16-8 ka BP. Specifically, I am interested in lacustrine sediments, and the proxy record held within, to elucidate the environmental and landscape responses relating to these rapid climatic 'events'.

 

Current Research  

Environmental responses to abrupt climatic change during the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition (ca 16-8 cal. ka BP): delineating climatic drivers and landscape responses during millennial- and centennial-scale climatic variability.

This project aims to understand whether climate, and if so which climatic parameter, drives vegetation change in relation to the rapid climatic 'events' during the LGIT in the British Isles. To decipher the drivers and responses, sediments will be retreived and analysed from a series of sites spanning latitudinal and climatic gradients. In particular, high resolution pollen, deuterium isotopic biomarker and macro-charcoal analyses will be used with pre-existing oxygen isotopic and chronological data to reconstruct environmental variables and determine the dynamics of the vegetation record.

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