Dr Dunia H. Urrego
Lecturer in Physical Geography


My research focuses on past environmental changes and human-landscape interactions in the tropical and subtropical regions. I study pollen and charcoal records from lake and marine sediments to reconstruct environmental change over long timescales.

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2001. Then I moved to Florida Institute of Technology in the United States, where I obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences in 2006 (http://research.fit.edu/paleolab/index.php). My PhD research highlighted the resilience of Amazonian forests to temperature change and their sensitivity to drought. Results from this research also provided evidence against a long-standing paradigm of glacial forest fragmentation in Amazonia. As a postdoctoral researcher at Florida Tech, I became part of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group (www.andesconservation.org) and conducted palaeoclimate research with marine biologists (http://research.fit.edu/marine-paleolab/).

In 2010, I moved to the University of Bordeaux in France. My research aimed at understanding how environmental variability in southern Africa could have influenced the development of modern humans (http://tracsymbols.eu). While in Bordeaux, I also initiated the INQUA LaACER project (http://ephe-paleoclimat.com/acer/LaACER.htm) and was involved in the International Focus Group ACER. 

I moved to the University of Exeter to take a Lecturer position in September 2013. 


Google scholar profile: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=GJ0yDhsAAAAJ

Office hours Term 2:

Week 8. Monday 11.30-12.30; Wednesday 13.30-14.30
Week 9. Monday 11.30-12.30; Tuesday 10.30-11.30
Week 10. Monday 11.30-12.30; Wednesday 10.00-11.00

Broad research specialisms: 

Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, Climate Change, Tropical Biogeography, Glacial-Interglacial environmental change, Millennial-scale climate variability


PhD in Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, United States
BSc in Forest engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 725874
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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