Dr Dunia H. Urrego
Senior 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 the marine paleoecology group (http://research.fit.edu/marine-paleolab/). My postdoctoral research showed that natural fires and drought drive treeline dynamics in the tropical Andes and that climate change can halt coral reef development in the eastern tropical Pacific.

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


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

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