Dr Claire Belcher
Associate Professor in Earth System Science


Claire is an Earth scientist specialising in the study of natural fires in the Earth system. Her research seeks to understand how evolutionary changes to ecosystems and wildfires have influenced the Earth system in the past, and integrates knowledge from cutting-edge modern experimental methods into studies of Earth’s geological past. Her core research aims to understand the flammability of Earth’s ecosystems where she considers flammability over a range of timescales, from instantaneous global change such as asteroid impacts, to global warming events occurring over 10 Kyr timescales, and variations in atmospheric oxygen over million-year timescales.

Claire is PI of the wildFIRE Lab a European Research Council Funded Experimental wildFIRE Laboratory see https://sites.google.com/site/palaeofirelab/home

Her personal wildFIRE Lab web pages are kept fully up to date so please refer to https://sites.google.com/site/palaeofirelab/home for the most up to date information on the PalaeoFire Lab Team and for our most up-to-date Publication List see https://sites.google.com/site/palaeofirelab/publications (because symplectic sometimes appears to take a while to add publications to this website!)

Broad Research Specialisms:

Fire and the Earth System over long geological timescales


PhD, Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K. 2005
MSc, Micropalaeontology, University College London, U.K. 2001
BSc, Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K. 2000


Jan. 2011 – July 2011 | Visiting Lecturer Botany and Plant Science, NUI Galway

Oct. 2010 – Sept. 2012 | Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow, School of Geosciences and BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, The University of Edinburgh and transferred to the University of Exeter (on being offered a permanent position).

July 2007 – Sept. 2010 | Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow, Program for Experimental Atmospheres and Climate, University College Dublin.


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