Mark Grosvenor
Research Technician


Mark is currently working in the wildFIRE Lab within the Earth System Science Research Group where he splits his time between managing the lab, and undertaking research on the ERC funded ECOFLAM Project

Mark’s background is in palaeoenvironmental studies, in particular the identification of human impact upon past landscapes. During his PhD within Geography at the University of Exeter, he focussed on the analysis of pollen and charcoal preserved in lake sediments to identify changes to the vegetation structure of the English Lake District during the Mesolithic and Neolithic.

Mark has a wide range of laboratory and fieldwork skills. His field experience has ranged from lake sediment coring in China, to controlled forest fires in the USA. In the laboratory, Mark has a very broad range of skills including flammability testing of natural fuels, acid-processing of rock/sediment samples, microscopic analysis.

Broad research interests

  • Reconstructing past environments
  • Human impact on the landscape
  • Palaeoclimate
  • Flammability of plants and wildfires


PhD (Physical Geography), University of Exeter
Mid-Holocene landscape change and human impact in Cumbria
Funded by University of Exeter and Sir John Fisher Foundation (supervisors: Richard T Jones, Dan J Charman, Chris S M Turney)

BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Exeter
Quaternary Research Association Undergraduate Dissertation Prize winner


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 725324
AddressHatherly Building
University of Exeter
Prince of Wales Road
OfficeRoom 440 (Laver)/ B6 (Hatherly

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