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Prof Paul Hughes 

Professor of Palaeoecology, Director of Graduate School

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Paul Hughes is Professor of Palaeoecology and a member of the Palaeoecology Laboratory, University of Southampton (PLUS). He has worked at Southampton since 1998.


1997 Ph.D. Palaeoecology, University of Southampton
1993 B.Sc. Geography, University of Southampton


1998 – present Academic, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton
1997 – 1998 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Archaeology Unit, York
1997 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geography, University of Durham

Research interests

  • Holocene palaeoclimates with a special focus on Atlantic Canada and Patagonia
  • Tephrochronology of North America
  • Carbon accumulation in peatlands
  • Palaeoecological change on damaged and intact Atlantic raised bogs and fens

Research projects

  • Holocene palaeoclimatic change in the Atlantic provinces of Canada and Maine, USA.
  • Holocene palaeoclimate of Japan
  • Assessing bog condition using remote sensing techniques
  • Fire history of early-Holocene Britain
  • Holocene palaeoclimates of Hokkaido: developing a temporal moisture balance model from raised peat for comparison with equivalent Atlantic records (NERC award)
  • Deriving high-resolution palaeoclimatic records from raised bogs in Newfoundland (NERC award)

Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

Research project(s)

Holocene Land-Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions on the Eastern Seaboard of North America (PRECIP)

Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Tierra del Fuego to detect land-ocean-atmosphere interactions (PATAGON).

Plant-Microbe interactions in a changing climate

Director of the Graduate School

Deputy Director of the Faculty Graduate School

Faculty Representative for the SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

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