Geography and Environment

Mary Edwards

Primary position:
Professor in Physical Geography

Background

The University of Southampton

Mary Edwards is currently Professor in Physical Geography. She has been a member of staff in Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton since 2002.

Qualifications
BSc Jt. Hons Botany/Zoology 1976 (Wales)
MSc Forestry and Land Management 1977 (Oxford)
PhD Botany 1981 (Cambridge)

Employment
1981-93 University of Washington (USA)
1984-88 Marlboro College, Vermont (USA)
1988-1989 University of Oregon (USA)
1989-1996 University of Alaska (USA)
1996-2001 NTNU (Norway)
2002-to date University of Southampton (UK)

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Finney, B.P., Bigelow, N.H., Barber, V.A. and Edwards, M.E. (2012) Holocene climate change and carbon cycling in a groundwater-fed,boreal forest lake: Dune Lake, Alaska. Journal of Paleoliomnology, 48, (1), 43-54. (doi:10.1007/s10933-012-9617-2).
Yoccoz, N.G., Brathen , K.A. and Geilly, L. et al. (2012) DNA from soil mirrors plant taxonomic and growth form diversity. Molecular Ecology, 21, (15), 3647-3655. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05545.x).
Wetterich, S., Grosse , G, Schirrmeister, L, Andreev, A.A., Brobov, A.A., Kienast, F., Bigelow, N.H. and Edwards, M.E. (2012) Late Quaternary environmental and landscape dynamics revealed by a pingo sequence on the northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Quaternary Science Reviews, 39, 26-44. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.01.027).
Dearing, John A., Bullock, Seth, Contanza, Robert, Dawson, Terry P., Edwards, Mary E., Poppy, Guy M. and Smith, Graham (2012) Navigating the perfect storm: research strategies for socialecological systems in a rapidly evolving world. Environmental Management, 49, (4), 767-775. (doi:10.1007/s00267-012-9833-6).
Parducci, L., Jorgensen, T., Tollefsrud, M. M., Elverland, E., Alm, T., Fontana, S. L., Bennett, K. D., Haile, J., Matetovici, I., Suyama, Y., Edwards, M. E., Andersen, K., Rasmussen, M., Boessenkool, S., Coissac, E., Brochmann, C., Taberlet, P., Houmark-Nielsen, M., Larsen, N. K., Orlando, L., Gilbert, M. T. P., Kjaer, K. H., Alsos, I. G. and Willerslev, E. (2012) Glacial survival of boreal trees in northern Scandinavia. Science, 335, (6072), 1083-1086. (doi:10.1126/science.1216043).
Binney, Heather A., Gething, Peter W., Nield, Joanna M., Sugita, S and Edwards, Mary E. (2011) Treeline identification from pollen data: beyond the limit? Journal of Biogeography, 38, (9), 1792-1806. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02507.x).
McMahon, Sean M., Harrison, Sandy P., Armbruster, W. Scott, Bartlein, Patrick J., Beale, Colin M., Edwards, Mary E., Kattge, Jens, Midgeley, Guy, Morin, Xavier and Prentice, I. Colin (2011) Improving assessment and modelling of climate change impacts on global terrestrial biodiversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, (5), 249-259. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2011.02.012).
Kuzmina, S.A., Sher, A.V., Edwards, M.E., Haile , J. , Yan, E.V., Kotov, A.V. and Willerslev, E. (2010) The late Pleistocene environment of Eastern West Beringia based on the principal section at the Main River, Chukotka. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, (17-18), 2091-2106. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.03.019).
Sonstebo, J.H., Gielly, L., Brysting, A.K., Elven, R., Edwards, M., Haile, J., Willerslev, E., Coissac, E., Rioux, D., Sannier, J., Taberlet, P. and Brochmann, C. (2010) Using next-generation sequencing for molecular reconstruction of past arctic vegetation and climate. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10, (6), 1009-1018. (doi:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02855.x).
Abbott, Mark B., Edwards, Mary E. and Finney, Bruce P. (2010) A 40,000-yr record of environmental change from Burial Lake in Northwest Alaska. Quaternary Research (doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.03.007).
Binney, Heather A., Willis, Katherine J., Edwards, Mary E., Bhagwat, Shonil A., Anderson, Patricia M., Andreev, Andrei A., Blaauw, Maarten, Damblon, Freddy, Haesaerts, Paul, Kienast, Frank, Kremenetski, Konstanin V., Krivonogov, Sergey K., Lozhkin, Anatoly V., MacDonald, Glen M., Novenko, Pirita Oksanen, Sapelko, Tatiana, Väliranta, Minna and Vazhenina, Ludmila (2009) The distribution of late-Quaternary woody taxa in northern Eurasia: evidence from a new macrofossil database. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, (23-24), 2445-2464. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.04.016).
Kurek, Joshua, Cwynar, Les C., Ager, Thomas A., Abbott, Mark B. and Edwards, Mary E. (2009) Late Quaternary palaeoclimate of western Alaska inferred from fossil chironomids and its relation to vegetation histories. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, (9-10), 799-811. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.12.001).
Marlon, J.R., Bartlein, P.J., Walsh, M.K., Harrison, S.P., Brown, K.J., Edwards, M.E., Higuera, P.E., Power, M.J., Anderson, R.S., Briles, C., Brunelle, A., Carcaillet, C., Daniels, M., Hu, F.S., Lavoie, M., Long, C., Minckley, T., Richard, P.J.H., Scott, A.C., Shafer, D.S., Tinner, W., Umbanhowar, C.E. and Whitlock, C. (2009) Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, (8), 2519-2525. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0808212106).
Grant, Michael J. and Edwards, Mary E. (2008) Conserving idealized landscapes: past history, public perception and future management in the New Forest (UK). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 17, (5), 551-562. (doi:10.1007/s00334-007-0100-3).
Power, M.J., Marlon, J., Ortiz, N., Bartlein, P.J., Harrison, S.P., Mayle, F.E., Ballouche, A., Bradshaw, R.H.W., Carcaillet, C., Cordova, C., Mooney, S., Moreno, P.I., Prentice, I.C., Thonicke, K., Tinner, W., Whitlock, C., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Ali, A.A., Anderson, R.S., Beer, R., Behling, H., Briles, C., Brown, K.J., Brunelle, A., Bush, M., Camill, P., Chu, G.Q., Clark, J., Colombaroli, D., Connor, S., Daniau, A.-L., Daniels, M., Dodson, J., Doughty, E., Edwards, M.E., Finsinger, W., Foster, D., Frechette, J., Gaillard, M.-J., Gavin, D.G., Gobet, E., Haberle, S., Hallett, D.J., Higuera, P., Hope, G., Horn, S., Inoue, J., Kaltenrieder, P., Kennedy, L., Kong, Z.C., Larsen, C., Long, C.J., Lynch, J., Lynch, E.A., McGlone, M., Meeks, S., Mensing, S., Meyer, G., Minckley, T., Mohr, J., Nelson, D.M., New, J., Newnham, R., Noti, R., Oswald, W., Pierce, J., Richard, P.J.H., Rowe, C., Sanchez Goñi, M.F., Shuman, B.N., Takahara, H., Toney, J., Turney, C., Urrego-Sanchez, D.H., Umbanhowar, C., Vandergoes, M., Vanniere, B., Vescovi, E., Walsh, M., Wang, X., Williams, N., Wilmshurst, J. and Zhang, J.H. (2008) Changes in fire regimes since the last glacial maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics, 30, (7-8), 887-907. (doi:10.1007/s00382-007-0334-x).
Walter, K.M., Edwards, M.E., Grosse, G., Zimov, S.A. and Chapin III, F.S. (2007) Thermokarst lakes as a source of atmospheric CH4 during the last deglaciation. Science, 318, (5850), 633-636. (doi:10.1126/science.1142924).
Walter, K.M., Edwards, M.E., Grosse, G., Zimov, S.A. and Chapin III, F.S. (2007) Thermokarst Lakes as a Source of Atmospheric CH4 During the Last Deglaciation. Science, 318, 633-636. (doi:10.1126/science.1142924).
Klein, J., Réau, B., Kalland, I. and Edwards, M. (2007) Conservation, development and a heterogeneous community: the case of Ambohitantely forest reserve, Madagascar. Society and Natural Resources, 20, (5), 451-467. (doi:10.1080/08941920701211900).
Wooller, M.J., Zazula, G.D., Edwards, M.E., Froese, D.G., Boone, R.D., Parker, C. and Bennett, B. (2007) Stable Carbon isotope compositions of Eastern Beringian grasses and sedges: investigating their potential as paleoenvironmental indicators. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 39, (2), 318-331.
Armbruster, W. Scott, Pérez-Barrales, Rocio, Arroyo, Juan, Edwards, Mary E. and Vargas, Pablo (2006) Three-dimensional reciprocity of floral morphs in wild flax (Linum suffruticosum): a new twist on heterostyly. New Phytologist, 171, (3), 581-590. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01749.x).
Anderson, P., Bermike, O., Bigelow, N., Brigham-Grette, J., Duvall, M., Edwards, M.E., Frechette, B., Funder, S., Johnsen, S., Knies, J., Koerner, R., Lozhkin, A., Marshall, S., Matthiessen, J., Macdonald, G., Miller, G., Montoya, M., Muhs, D., Otto-Bliesner, B., Overpeck, J., Reeh, N., Sejrup, H., Spielhagen, R., Turner, C. and Velichko, A. (2006) Last Interglacial Arctic warmth confirms polar amplification of climate change. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25, (13-14), 1383-1400. (doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.01.033).
Rae, D.A., Armbruster, W.S., Edwards, M.E. and Svengård-Barre, M. (2006) Influence of microclimate and species interactions on the composition of plant and invertebrate communities in alpine northern Norway. Acta Oecologica, 29, (3), 266-282. (doi:10.1016/j.actao.2005.11.007).
Otto-Bliesner, Beth L., Marsha, Shawn J., Overpeck, Jonathan T., Miller, Gifford H., Hu, Aixue X. and Edwards, M.E CAPE Last Interglacial Project members (2006) Simulating arctic climate warmth and icefield retreat in the last interglaciation. Science, 311, (5768), 1751-1753. (doi:10.1126/science.1120808).
Edwards, Mary E., Brubaker, Linda B., Lozhkin, Anatoly V. and Anderson, Patricia M. (2005) Structurally novel biomes: a response to past warming in Beringia. Ecology, 86, (7), 1696-1703. (doi:10.1890/03-0787).
Brubaker, Linda B., Anderson, Patricia A., Edwards, Mary E. and Lozhkin, Anatoly V. (2005) Beringia as a glacial refugium for boreal trees and shrubs: new perspectives from mapped pollen data. Journal of Biogeography, 32, (5), 833-848. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2004.01203.x).
Anderson, Lesleigh, Abbott, Mark B., Finney, Bruce P. and Edwards, Mary E. (2005) Palaeohydrology of the southwest Yukon territory, Canada, based on multiproxy analyses of lake sediment cores from a depth transect. The Holocene, 15, (8), 1172-1183. (doi:10.1191/0959683605hl889rp).
Kaplan, J.O., Bigelow, N.H., Prentice, I.C., Harrison, S.P., Bartlein, P.J., Christensen, T.R., Cramer, W., Mateveyeva, N.V., McGuire, A.D., Murray, D.F., Razzhivin, V.Y., Smith, B., Walker, D.A., Anderson, P.M., Brubaker, L.B., Edwards, M.E. and Lozhkin, A.V. (2003) Climate change and Arctic ecosystems: 2. Modelling, palaeodata-model comparisons, and future projections. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 108, (D19, 8171), 12-[17pp]. (doi:10.1029/2002JD002559).
Bigelow, N.H., Brubaker, Linda B., Edwards, M.E., Harrison, S.P., Prentice, I. Colin, Anderson, P.M., Andreev, A.A., Bartlein, Patrick J., Christensen, Torben R., Cramer, Wolfgang, Kaplan, Jed O., Lozhkin, Anatoly V., Matveyeva, Nadja V., Murray, David F., McGuire, A. David, Razzhivin, Volodya Y., Ritchie, James C., Smith, Benjamin, Walker, Donald A., Gajewski, Konrad, Wolf, Victoria, Holmqvist, Bjorn H., Igarashi, Yaeko, Kremenetskii, Konstantin, Paus, Aage, Pisaric, Michael F. J. and Volkova, Valentina S. (2003) Climate change and Arctic ecosystems: 1. Vegetation changes north of 55°N between the last glacial maximum, mid-Holocene, and present. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 108, (D19, 8170), 11-[25pp]. (doi:10.1029/2002JD002558).
Kaplan, J.O., Bigelow, N.H., Prentice, I.C., Harrison, S.P., Bartlein, P.J., Christensen, T.R., Cramer, W., Matveyeva, N.V., McGuire, A.D., Murray, D.F., Razzhivin, V.Y., Smith, B., Walker, D.A., Anderson, P.M., Andreev, A.A., Brubaker, L.B., Edwards, M.E. and Lozhkin, A.V. (2003) Climate change and Arctic ecosystems: 2. Modeling, paleodata-model comparisons, and future projections. Journal of Geophysical Research, 108, ( D19), 8171. (doi:10.1029/2002JD002559).
Edwards, M.E Cape Project Members 2001 (2001) Holocene paleoclimate data from the Arctic: testing models of global climate change. Quaternary Science Reviews, 20, (12), 1275-1287. (doi:10.1016/S0277-3791(01)00010-5).
Edwards, Mary E., Mock, Cary J., Finney, Bruce P., Barber, Valerie A. and Bartlein, Patrick J. (2001) Potential analogues for paleoclimatic variations in eastern interior Alaska during the past 14,000 yr: atmospheric-circulation controls of regional temperature and moisture responses. Quaternary Science Reviews, 20, (1-3), 189-202. (doi:10.1016/S0277-3791(00)00123-2).
Edwards, Mary E., Mock, Cary J., Finney, Bruce P., Barber, Valery A. and Bartlein, Patrick J. (2001) Modern-climate analogues for paleoclimatic variations in eastern interior Alaska during the past 14,000 years: atmospheric-circulation controls of regional temperature and moisture responses. Quaternary Science Reviews, 20, (1-3), 189-202. (doi:10.1016/S0277-3791(00)00123-2).

Book Section

Edwards, M.E. (2002) Land use history in the uplands of Norway and Britain: comparisons and contradictions. In, Nature and People: Conservation and Management in the Mountains of Northern Europe. Scotland, GB, Scottish National Heritage.

Monograph

Edwards, Mary, Markgraf, Vera, Oldfield, Frank, Saarnisto, Matti and Vorren, Tore O. (2005) International Evaluation of Quaternary Geology, 2005. Stockholm, Sweden, Vetenskapsrådet, 85pp.
 

Research

Research Interests

My interests are centred on global environmental change: understanding climate-driven changes in landscape, vegetation, and ecosystem processes over a range of timescales through palaeoenvironmental records and data-model comparisons. My main geographic area of interest is the boreal-arctic region, and recent work relates to boreal forest dynamics, including fire disturbance and hydrological regimes, and thermokarst dynamics in relation to biogeochemical processes. Recent collaborative work involves the estimation of past and present plant diversity using novel molecular techniques.

A second area of research is concerned with vegetation ecology, biodiversity conservation and land management in both Europe and Madagascar.

Primary research group:  Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)

Research projects

EcoChange

Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System

Thermokarst Lake Dynamics in the Arctic

Responsibilities

Deputy Head of School (Research)

Director of Resources and Infrastructure

Other current and recent roles
I am currently a Senior Research Associate, ESTES, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Member, NERC Arctic Programme Advisory Group 2010

Associate Editor, Ecology and Ecological Monographs 2002-2006

 

 

 

 

Contact

Professor Mary Edwards

Room Number: 44/2019

Telephone: (023) 8059 2217
Facsimile: (023) 8059 3295
Email: M.E.Edwards@soton.ac.uk