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Dr Matt Amesbury

Dr Matt Amesbury

Research Fellow

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Overview

PLEASE NOTE: I am currently on a one year leave of absence from my post (July 2018 - September 2019) and am currently working within the Environmental Change Research Unit at the University of Helsinki in Finland. 

I moved to Exeter in May 2010 to work with Dan Charman on a NERC-funded project using Holocene age peat profiles to reconstruct past climate change along the eastern seaboard of North America. From 2012 onwards, I split my time between two further NERC-funded projects. I was Researcher Co-Investigator on a grant testing the suitability of isotopic records in restiad peatlands (rush-dominated) in New Zealand to act as a new palaeo-precipitation proxy. At the same time, I worked on a project funded by NERC's Antarctic Funding Initiative, alongside colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Cambridge, to develop records of past climate change from moss banks on the Antarctic Peninsula. This led to the publication of a paper which ranked inside the global Altmetric Top 100 for media coverage in 2017 and was the 5th most covered climate change paper, according to Carbon Brief. Since 2016 I have been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, working on a project I developed to apply the isotopic proxies we previously developed in order to investigate past changes in the Southern Hemisphere Westerly Winds. From 2019 onwards, I will be working on a new NERC project, alongside Angela Gallego-Sala, that will investigate the future of the Arctic permafrost peatland carbon store, using a combined field data, remote sensing and modelling approach. For more information on my research in general, please see the research tab.

I am an expert in multiple peatland palaeoenvironmental and dating techniques including plant macrofossil, peat humification and testate amoeba analysis, radiocarbon, tephra and lead dating. 

Before my appointment in Exeter, I completed my PhD at the University of Southampton between 2004 and 2008, investigating the potential limits to the temporal resolution of the peat-based palaeoclimate record. In 2008/9, I worked for an environmental charity advising the public, schools, businesses and local authorities on sustainability issues related to climate change, including energy saving, sustainable transport and renewable energy. 

I am a member of the UK Quaternary Research Association and and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. In 2013, I co-founded the public-facing popular science webiste Bogology, which aims to showcase the research that I and other colleagues undertake.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Geography (Plymouth), 2000
MSc Wetland Archaeology and Environments (Exeter), 2004
PhD (Southampton) – peat-based palaeoclimatology, 2008

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Research

Research interests

My primary research goal is to better understand the long-term evolution of climate systems, peatland ecosystems and their interactions, with relevance to their response under future climate change. I achieve this through a mechanistic understanding of peatland ecology and functioning and the application of this knowledge to core sediments to address key palaeoclimate research questions. 

My research takes place across different timescales (future, modern, Anthropocene, Holocene) and locations (northern high latitudes, Antarctic Peninsula and sub-Antarctic islands, New Zealand) and uses different proxy (principally testate amoebae and stable isotopes) and statistical methods. Whilst I might think of myself as a palaeoenvironmental scientist, my work is firmly grounded in the present and carried out with an eye to the future. I regard all three of these components as vital parts of my research more broadly and to get the most out of them, I work collaboratively and across disciplines.

My current research is focussed in two main geographical regions: the Southern Hemipshere (SH) high-latitudes and the Arctic.

Firstly, I am interested in the long-term evolution of the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) driven SH westerly winds and their link to the Southern Ocean CO2 sink. The SAM is a principal mode of SH climate variability and one of the main drivers of the Southern Westerly Winds that circle the Southern Ocean and play an important role in how effective the SO is as a sink for anthropogenic CO2. Since about the 1950s, the SAM has undergone a major shift to a more positive phase, resulting in a strengthening and poleward shift of the SWW. However, climate models differ in their ability to reconstruct these instrumental changes and this remains a major uncertainty in future projections of the SAM, with a reduction, reversal or continuation of the recent trend all predicted. Understanding the long-term historical evolution of the SAM offers an important opportunity to feed into improved model projections.

Secondly, I work on the Arctic permafrost peatland response to future warming. Arctic permafrost peatlands are a large and globally important carbon store located in a region predicted with high confidence to undergo rapid future warming. As climate warms, the C locked away in these peatlands, previously rendered inert by freezing, becomes increasingly vulnerable to decomposition. However, release of this C store to the atmosphere may be partly or even entirely compensated by increased productivity in warmer conditions leading to more rapid peat accumulation and C sequestration. How that C is released, whether as CO2 or methane, also depends on the ecosystem state of the peatlands. Understanding the response of these peatlands to past climate in light of the uncertainties around their future is therefore an important research priority.

Separately to these two main research streams, I have recently led two community-driven efforts to compile continental-scale databases of modern peatland testate amoeba data for both Europe and North America, developing standardised transfer functions for both regions.

 

 

Research projects

2019 - 2022: ICAAP (Increasing Carbon Accumulation in Arctic Peatlands). Funded by NERC.

The over-arching aim of the project is to test the hypothesis that changes in the Arctic peatland carbon pool will help mitigate future warming, taking account of both changes in accumulation rates and changes in the extent of peatlands. Demonstration and quantification of an increasing carbon sink in arctic peatlands would represent a fundamental shift in our understanding of the role of the Arctic terrestrial carbon store in mediating climate change. To achieve the overall aim, and test the hypothesis that the Arctic peatland carbon pool will increase with future warming, we will test a series of research hypotheses with a combination of field and satellite data integrated with model simulations. 

2016 - 2019: Holocene evolution of the Southern Annular Mode using novel peat isotope proxies. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is a key control on Southern Hemisphere (SH) climate. It has trended significantly since the 1950s, but its long-term behaviour is poorly understood. Developing reliable SAM reconstructions is therefore critical to understanding SH climate. This project will apply novel palaeoclimate data based on stable isotopes in vascular plant-dominated peatlands to reconstruct SAM variability over the mid-late Holocene. We will test a series of hypotheses concerning the long-term variability of the SAM, its teleconnections with tropical and Northern Hemisphere modes of climate variability and the long-term context of the recent positive trend in the SAM.

2015 - 2016: Understanding and interpreting Eden’s ‘peatland biome’. Funded by the Eden Project and University of Exeter Research Collaboration Fund. 

Our objective was to develop an ecosystem management plan and palaeoenvironmental record for a small peatland located within the Eden estate, supporting its incorporation into the educational and scientific experience of the Eden Project, for both visitors and students. By characterising existing site conditions, including ecohydrological structure and function, this project aimed to understand the present day processes influencing the site. This information contributed to the initial development of an evidence-based and on-going ecosystem management plan. Furthermore, by examining the long-term palaeoenvironmental record preserved in the peat sequence, this project provided a unique ‘history of Eden’.

2012 - 2014: Terrestrial Holocene climate variability on the Antarctic Peninsula. Funded by the NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative. 

You might expect a research project studying Antarctica’s past climate to be using ice cores, some over 4 km thick and hundreds of thousands of years old.  But in the warmer (by Antarctic standards!), more vegetated Antarctic Peninsula there is another archive of past climate just waiting to be investigated.  Banks of moss have been accumulating on islands to the west of the peninsula for thousands of years and it is these we are studying to put the changing climate of one of the most rapidly warming parts of the planet into a longer-term context.  Click here to visit the project website.

2012 - 2013: Developing a novel proxy for Southern Hemisphere Holocene climate change: stable isotope analysis of restiad peat cellulose. Funded by NERC.

Previous studies of changing isotope ratios from peat bogs have used a particular type of moss, called Sphagnum, from which to derive their measurements.  This is effective, but is also limited, both to geographical areas where Sphagnum occurs and also to the parts of a core where Sphagnum is present; nobody wants gaps in their record.  We are addressing these two issues by testing the applicability of studying isotopes in a different type of peat that is found in regions where Sphagnum is less common.  In the Southern Hemisphere, bogs are generally dominated by higher, or vascular, plants rather than mosses; these are plants that can actively control the movement of water and nutrients in their tissue.  Bogs dominated by higher plants are widespread globally, but because of the differences in biology between them and mosses, we can't be certain that the isotope method is applicable without rigorous testing.  We are using bogs in New Zealand to perform further tests.  If we can demonstrate that the isotope method can be applied to this peat type, the method would be applicable over a much wider geographical area and we will be able to address pressing research questions about past climate change more so than at present.  Read our collection of blogs on the project here.

2010 - 2012: PRECIP (Palaeo REconstruction of ocean-atmosphere Coupling In Peat). Funded by NERC.

Using a transect of peatlands in Maine, USA and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, we aimed to reconstruct the spatial-temporal pattern of moisture balance changes associated with past variability in the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current. These Holocene reconstructions were be generated at (multi-) decadal to millennial time-scales and used to test a set of hypotheses concerning the relationships between ocean thermohaline variability, atmospheric circulation and terrestrially-based palaeoclimate responses.

 

Publications

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Journal articles

Naafs BDA, Inglis GN, Zheng Y, Amesbury MJ, Biester H, Bindler R, Blewett J, Burrows MA, del Castillo Torres D, Chambers FM, et al (In Press). Introducing global peat-specific temperature and pH calibrations based on brGDGT bacterial lipids. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta Full text.
Royles J, Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Jones GD, Convey P, Griffiths H, Hodgson DA, Charman DJ (In Press). Moss stable isotopes (carbon-13, oxygen-18) and testate amoebae reflect environmental inputs and microclimate along a latitudinal gradient on the Antarctic Peninsula. Oecologia, 181(3), 931-945. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Piilo SR, Zhang H, Garneau M, Gallego-Sala AV, Amesbury M, Väliranta M (In Press). Recent peat and carbon accumulation following the Little Ice Age in northwestern Québec, Canada. Environmental Research Letters Full text.
Charman D, Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Royles J, Hodgson DA, Convey P, Griffiths H (In Press). Spatially coherent late-Holocene Antarctic Peninsula surface air temperature variability. Geology Full text.
Roland TP, Amesbury MJ, Wilkinson DM, Charman DJ, Convey P, Hodgson DA, Royles J, Clauß S, Völcker E (In Press). Taxonomic Implications of Morphological Complexity Within the Testate Amoeba Genus Corythion from the Antarctic Peninsula. Protist, 168(5), 565-585. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Zhang H, Piilo S, Amesbury M, Charman D, Gallego-Sala AV, Väliranta M (In Press). The role of climate change in regulating Arctic permafrost peatland hydrological and vegetation change over the last millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews Full text.
Zheng X, Amesbury MJ, Hope G, Martin LF, Mooney SD (2019). Testate amoebae as a hydrological proxy for reconstructing water-table depth in the mires of south-eastern Australia. Ecological Indicators, 96, 701-710. Abstract.  Full text.
Zhang H, Gallego-Sala AV, Amesbury M, Charman D, Piilo SR, Väliranta M (2018). Inconsistent response of Arctic permafrost peatland carbon accumulation to warm climate phases. Global Biogeochemical Cycles Abstract.  Full text.
Gallego-Sala AV, Charman D, Brewer S, Page SE, Prentice IC, Friedlingstein P, Moreton S, Amesbury MJ, Beilman DW, Björck S, et al (2018). Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change, 8, 907-913. Full text.
Whittle A, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Hodgson DA, Perren BB, Roberts SJ, Gallego-Sala AV (2018). Salt-Enrichment Impact on Biomass Production in a Natural Population of Peatland Dwelling Arcellinida and Euglyphida (Testate Amoebae). Microb Ecol Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Zhang H, Väliranta M, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Laine A, Tuittila E-S (2018). Successional change of testate amoeba assemblages along a space-for-time sequence of peatland development. Eur J Protistol, 66, 36-47. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Amesbury MJ, Booth RK, Roland TP, Bunbury J, Clifford MJ, Charman DJ, Elliot S, Finkelstein S, Garneau M, Hughes PDM, et al (2018). Towards a Holarctic synthesis of peatland testate amoeba ecology: Development of a new continental-scale palaeohydrological transfer function for North America and comparison to European data. Quaternary Science Reviews, 201, 483-500. Abstract.  Full text.
Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Whitney B, Galloway JM, Gałka M, Gallego-Sala AV, Macumber AL, Mullan D, Smith MW, Amesbury MJ, et al (2017). Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change Biology Abstract.  Full text.
Zhang H, Amesbury MJ, Ronkainen T, Charman DJ, Gallego-Sala AV, Valiranta M (2017). Testate amoeba as palaeohydrological indicators in the permafrost peatlands of north-east European Russia and Finnish Lapland. Journal of Quaternary Science Abstract.  Full text.
Gałka M, Szal M, Watson EJ, Gallego-Sala A, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Roland TP, Edward Turner T, Swindles GT (2017). Vegetation Succession, Carbon Accumulation and Hydrological Change in Subarctic Peatlands, Abisko, Northern Sweden. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 28(4), 589-604. Abstract.  Full text.
Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Royles J, Hodgson DA, Convey P, Griffiths H, Charman DJ (2017). Widespread Biological Response to Rapid Warming on the Antarctic Peninsula. Curr Biol, 27(11), 1616-1622.e2. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Amesbury MJ, Swindles GT, Bobrov A, Charman DJ, Holden J, Lamentowicz M, Mallon G, Mazei Y, Mitchell EAD, Payne RJ, et al (2016). Development of a new pan-European testate amoeba transfer function for reconstructing peatland palaeohydrology. Quaternary Science Reviews, 152, 132-151. Abstract.  Full text.
Loader NJ, Street-Perrott FA, Mauquoy D, Roland TP, van Bellen S, Daley TJ, Davies D, Hughes PDM, Pancotto VO, Young GHF, et al (2016). Measurements of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon isotope variability in Sphagnum moss along a micro-topographical gradient in a southern Patagonian peatland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31(4), 426-435. Abstract.  Full text.
Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Newnham RM, Loader NJ, Goodrich J, Royles J, Campbell DI, Keller ED, Baisden WT, Roland TP, et al (2015). Can oxygen stable isotopes be used to track precipitation moisture source in vascular plant-dominated peatlands?. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 149-159. Abstract.
Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Newnham RM, Loader NJ, Goodrich JP, Royles J, Campbell DI, Roland TP, Gallego-Sala A (2015). Carbon stable isotopes as a palaeoclimate proxy in vascular plant dominated peatlands. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 164, 161-174. Abstract.
Charman DJ, Amesbury MJ, Hinchliffe W, Hughes PDM, Mallon G, Blake WH, Daley TJ, Gallego-Sala AV, Mauquoy D (2015). Drivers of Holocene peatland carbon accumulation across a climate gradient in northeastern North America. Quaternary Science Reviews, 121, 110-119. Abstract.  Full text.
Swindles GT, Amesbury MJ, Turner TE, Carrivick JL, Woulds C, Raby C, Mullan D, Roland TP, Galloway JM, Parry L, et al (2015). Evaluating the use of testate amoebae for palaeohydrological reconstruction in permafrost peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 424, 111-122. Abstract.
Willis KS, Beilman D, Booth RK, Amesbury M, Holmquist J, MacDonald G (2015). Peatland paleohydrology in the southern West Siberian Lowlands: Comparison of multiple testate amoeba transfer functions, sites, and. Sphagnum. δ 13 C values. The Holocene, 25(9), 1425-1436.
Roland TP, Daley TJ, Caseldine CJ, Charman DJ, Turney CSM, Amesbury MJ, Thompson GJ, Woodley EJ (2015). The 5.2 ka climate event: Evidence from stable isotope and multi-proxy palaeoecological peatland records in Ireland. Quaternary Science Reviews, 124, 209-223. Abstract.  Full text.
Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Mullan D, Watson EJ, Turner E, Roland TP, Amesbury MJ, Kokfelt U, Schoning K, Pratte S, et al (2015). The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports, 5 Abstract.  Full text.
Loisel J, Yu Z, Beilman DW, Camill P, Alm J, Amesbury MJ, Anderson D, Andersson S, Bochicchio C, Barber K, et al (2014). A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. Holocene, 24(9), 1028-1042. Abstract.
Jensen BJL, Pyne-O'Donnell S, Plunkett G, Froese DG, Hughes PDM, Sigl M, McConnell JR, Amesbury MJ, Blackwell PG, van den Bogaard C, et al (2014). Transatlantic distribution of the Alaskan White River Ash. Geology, 42(10), 875-878. Abstract.
Roland TP, Caseldine CJ, Charman DJ, Turney CSM, Amesbury MJ (2014). Was there a '4.2ka event' in Great Britain and Ireland? Evidence from the peatland record. Quaternary Science Reviews, 83, 11-27. Abstract.  Full text.
Swindles GT, Lawson IT, Matthews IP, Blaauw M, Daley TJ, Charman DJ, Roland TP, Plunkett G, Schettler G, Gearey BR, et al (2013). Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene. Earth-Science Reviews, 126, 300-320. Abstract.
Royles J, Amesbury MJ, Convey P, Griffiths H, Hodgson DA, Leng MJ, Charman DJ (2013). Plants and soil microbes respond to recent warming on the Antarctic Peninsula. Curr Biol, 23(17), 1702-1706. Abstract.  Author URL.
Royles J, Amesbury MJ, Convey P, Griffiths H, Hodgson DA, Leng MJ, Charman DJ (2013). Plants and soil microbes respond to recent warming on the antarctic peninsula. Current Biology, 23(17), 1702-1706. Abstract.
Amesbury MJ, Mallon G, Charman DJ, Hughes PDM, Booth RK, Daley TJ, Garneau M (2013). Statistical testing of a new testate amoeba-based transfer function for water-table depth reconstruction on ombrotrophic peatlands in north-eastern Canada and Maine, United States. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 28(1), 27-39. Author URL.
Amesbury M, Royles J (2013). Unlocking the secrets of Antarctic moss banks. Planet Earth(SUMMER), 24-25. Abstract.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2012). Can rapidly accumulating Holocene peat profiles provide sub-decadal resolution proxy climate data?. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 27(8), 757-770. Author URL.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2012). Can rapidly accumulating Holocene peat profiles provide sub-decadal resolution proxy climate data?. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27(8), 757-770. Abstract.
Pyne-O'Donnell SDF, Hughes PDM, Froese DG, Jensen BJL, Kuehn SC, Mallon G, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Daley TJ, Loader NJ, et al (2012). High-precision ultra-distal Holocene tephrochronology in North America. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 52, 6-11. Author URL.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2012). The relationship of fine-resolution, multi-proxy palaeoclimate records to meteorological data at Fågelmossen, Värmland, Sweden and the implications for the debate on climate drivers of the peat-based record. Quaternary International, 268, 77-86. Abstract.
Hughes PDM, Mallon G, Essex HJ, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Blundell A, Chambers FM, Daley TJ, Mauquoy D (2012). The use of k-values to examine plant 'species signals' in a peat humification record from Newfoundland. Quaternary International, 268, 156-165. Abstract.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2011). 'The methodological basis for fine-resolution, multi-proxy reconstructions of ombrotrophic peat bog surface wetness': Reply to comments. BOREAS, 40(2), 382-383. Author URL.
Amesbury M (2011). Peat: Core blimey!. Planet Earth(AUTUMN), 6-7.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2011). The methodological basis for fine-resolution, multi-proxy reconstructions of ombrotrophic peat bog surface wetness. BOREAS, 40(1), 161-174. Author URL.
Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Fyfe RM, Langdon PG, West S (2008). Bronze Age upland settlement decline in southwest England: testing the climate change hypothesis. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 35(1), 87-98. Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Naafs BDA, Inglis GN, Zheng Y, Amesbury MJ, Biester H, Bindler R, Blewett J, Burrows MA, del Castillo Torres D, Chambers FM, et al (In Press). Introducing global peat-specific temperature and pH calibrations based on brGDGT bacterial lipids. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta Full text.
Royles J, Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Jones GD, Convey P, Griffiths H, Hodgson DA, Charman DJ (In Press). Moss stable isotopes (carbon-13, oxygen-18) and testate amoebae reflect environmental inputs and microclimate along a latitudinal gradient on the Antarctic Peninsula. Oecologia, 181(3), 931-945. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Piilo SR, Zhang H, Garneau M, Gallego-Sala AV, Amesbury M, Väliranta M (In Press). Recent peat and carbon accumulation following the Little Ice Age in northwestern Québec, Canada. Environmental Research Letters Full text.
Charman D, Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Royles J, Hodgson DA, Convey P, Griffiths H (In Press). Spatially coherent late-Holocene Antarctic Peninsula surface air temperature variability. Geology Full text.
Roland TP, Amesbury MJ, Wilkinson DM, Charman DJ, Convey P, Hodgson DA, Royles J, Clauß S, Völcker E (In Press). Taxonomic Implications of Morphological Complexity Within the Testate Amoeba Genus Corythion from the Antarctic Peninsula. Protist, 168(5), 565-585. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Zhang H, Piilo S, Amesbury M, Charman D, Gallego-Sala AV, Väliranta M (In Press). The role of climate change in regulating Arctic permafrost peatland hydrological and vegetation change over the last millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews Full text.

2019

Zheng X, Amesbury MJ, Hope G, Martin LF, Mooney SD (2019). Testate amoebae as a hydrological proxy for reconstructing water-table depth in the mires of south-eastern Australia. Ecological Indicators, 96, 701-710. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Zhang H, Gallego-Sala AV, Amesbury M, Charman D, Piilo SR, Väliranta M (2018). Inconsistent response of Arctic permafrost peatland carbon accumulation to warm climate phases. Global Biogeochemical Cycles Abstract.  Full text.
Gallego-Sala AV, Charman D, Brewer S, Page SE, Prentice IC, Friedlingstein P, Moreton S, Amesbury MJ, Beilman DW, Björck S, et al (2018). Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change, 8, 907-913. Full text.
Whittle A, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Hodgson DA, Perren BB, Roberts SJ, Gallego-Sala AV (2018). Salt-Enrichment Impact on Biomass Production in a Natural Population of Peatland Dwelling Arcellinida and Euglyphida (Testate Amoebae). Microb Ecol Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Zhang H, Väliranta M, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Laine A, Tuittila E-S (2018). Successional change of testate amoeba assemblages along a space-for-time sequence of peatland development. Eur J Protistol, 66, 36-47. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Amesbury MJ, Booth RK, Roland TP, Bunbury J, Clifford MJ, Charman DJ, Elliot S, Finkelstein S, Garneau M, Hughes PDM, et al (2018). Towards a Holarctic synthesis of peatland testate amoeba ecology: Development of a new continental-scale palaeohydrological transfer function for North America and comparison to European data. Quaternary Science Reviews, 201, 483-500. Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Whitney B, Galloway JM, Gałka M, Gallego-Sala AV, Macumber AL, Mullan D, Smith MW, Amesbury MJ, et al (2017). Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change Biology Abstract.  Full text.
Zhang H, Amesbury MJ, Ronkainen T, Charman DJ, Gallego-Sala AV, Valiranta M (2017). Testate amoeba as palaeohydrological indicators in the permafrost peatlands of north-east European Russia and Finnish Lapland. Journal of Quaternary Science Abstract.  Full text.
Gałka M, Szal M, Watson EJ, Gallego-Sala A, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Roland TP, Edward Turner T, Swindles GT (2017). Vegetation Succession, Carbon Accumulation and Hydrological Change in Subarctic Peatlands, Abisko, Northern Sweden. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 28(4), 589-604. Abstract.  Full text.
Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Royles J, Hodgson DA, Convey P, Griffiths H, Charman DJ (2017). Widespread Biological Response to Rapid Warming on the Antarctic Peninsula. Curr Biol, 27(11), 1616-1622.e2. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2016

Amesbury MJ, Swindles GT, Bobrov A, Charman DJ, Holden J, Lamentowicz M, Mallon G, Mazei Y, Mitchell EAD, Payne RJ, et al (2016). Development of a new pan-European testate amoeba transfer function for reconstructing peatland palaeohydrology. Quaternary Science Reviews, 152, 132-151. Abstract.  Full text.
Loader NJ, Street-Perrott FA, Mauquoy D, Roland TP, van Bellen S, Daley TJ, Davies D, Hughes PDM, Pancotto VO, Young GHF, et al (2016). Measurements of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon isotope variability in Sphagnum moss along a micro-topographical gradient in a southern Patagonian peatland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31(4), 426-435. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Newnham RM, Loader NJ, Goodrich J, Royles J, Campbell DI, Keller ED, Baisden WT, Roland TP, et al (2015). Can oxygen stable isotopes be used to track precipitation moisture source in vascular plant-dominated peatlands?. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 149-159. Abstract.
Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Newnham RM, Loader NJ, Goodrich JP, Royles J, Campbell DI, Roland TP, Gallego-Sala A (2015). Carbon stable isotopes as a palaeoclimate proxy in vascular plant dominated peatlands. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 164, 161-174. Abstract.
Charman DJ, Amesbury MJ, Hinchliffe W, Hughes PDM, Mallon G, Blake WH, Daley TJ, Gallego-Sala AV, Mauquoy D (2015). Drivers of Holocene peatland carbon accumulation across a climate gradient in northeastern North America. Quaternary Science Reviews, 121, 110-119. Abstract.  Full text.
Swindles GT, Amesbury MJ, Turner TE, Carrivick JL, Woulds C, Raby C, Mullan D, Roland TP, Galloway JM, Parry L, et al (2015). Evaluating the use of testate amoebae for palaeohydrological reconstruction in permafrost peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 424, 111-122. Abstract.
Willis KS, Beilman D, Booth RK, Amesbury M, Holmquist J, MacDonald G (2015). Peatland paleohydrology in the southern West Siberian Lowlands: Comparison of multiple testate amoeba transfer functions, sites, and. Sphagnum. δ 13 C values. The Holocene, 25(9), 1425-1436.
Roland TP, Daley TJ, Caseldine CJ, Charman DJ, Turney CSM, Amesbury MJ, Thompson GJ, Woodley EJ (2015). The 5.2 ka climate event: Evidence from stable isotope and multi-proxy palaeoecological peatland records in Ireland. Quaternary Science Reviews, 124, 209-223. Abstract.  Full text.
Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Mullan D, Watson EJ, Turner E, Roland TP, Amesbury MJ, Kokfelt U, Schoning K, Pratte S, et al (2015). The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports, 5 Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Loisel J, Yu Z, Beilman DW, Camill P, Alm J, Amesbury MJ, Anderson D, Andersson S, Bochicchio C, Barber K, et al (2014). A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. Holocene, 24(9), 1028-1042. Abstract.
Jensen BJL, Pyne-O'Donnell S, Plunkett G, Froese DG, Hughes PDM, Sigl M, McConnell JR, Amesbury MJ, Blackwell PG, van den Bogaard C, et al (2014). Transatlantic distribution of the Alaskan White River Ash. Geology, 42(10), 875-878. Abstract.
Roland TP, Caseldine CJ, Charman DJ, Turney CSM, Amesbury MJ (2014). Was there a '4.2ka event' in Great Britain and Ireland? Evidence from the peatland record. Quaternary Science Reviews, 83, 11-27. Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Swindles GT, Lawson IT, Matthews IP, Blaauw M, Daley TJ, Charman DJ, Roland TP, Plunkett G, Schettler G, Gearey BR, et al (2013). Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene. Earth-Science Reviews, 126, 300-320. Abstract.
Royles J, Amesbury MJ, Convey P, Griffiths H, Hodgson DA, Leng MJ, Charman DJ (2013). Plants and soil microbes respond to recent warming on the Antarctic Peninsula. Curr Biol, 23(17), 1702-1706. Abstract.  Author URL.
Royles J, Amesbury MJ, Convey P, Griffiths H, Hodgson DA, Leng MJ, Charman DJ (2013). Plants and soil microbes respond to recent warming on the antarctic peninsula. Current Biology, 23(17), 1702-1706. Abstract.
Amesbury MJ, Mallon G, Charman DJ, Hughes PDM, Booth RK, Daley TJ, Garneau M (2013). Statistical testing of a new testate amoeba-based transfer function for water-table depth reconstruction on ombrotrophic peatlands in north-eastern Canada and Maine, United States. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 28(1), 27-39. Author URL.
Amesbury M, Royles J (2013). Unlocking the secrets of Antarctic moss banks. Planet Earth(SUMMER), 24-25. Abstract.

2012

Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2012). Can rapidly accumulating Holocene peat profiles provide sub-decadal resolution proxy climate data?. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 27(8), 757-770. Author URL.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2012). Can rapidly accumulating Holocene peat profiles provide sub-decadal resolution proxy climate data?. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27(8), 757-770. Abstract.
Pyne-O'Donnell SDF, Hughes PDM, Froese DG, Jensen BJL, Kuehn SC, Mallon G, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Daley TJ, Loader NJ, et al (2012). High-precision ultra-distal Holocene tephrochronology in North America. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 52, 6-11. Author URL.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2012). The relationship of fine-resolution, multi-proxy palaeoclimate records to meteorological data at Fågelmossen, Värmland, Sweden and the implications for the debate on climate drivers of the peat-based record. Quaternary International, 268, 77-86. Abstract.
Hughes PDM, Mallon G, Essex HJ, Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Blundell A, Chambers FM, Daley TJ, Mauquoy D (2012). The use of k-values to examine plant 'species signals' in a peat humification record from Newfoundland. Quaternary International, 268, 156-165. Abstract.

2011

Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2011). 'The methodological basis for fine-resolution, multi-proxy reconstructions of ombrotrophic peat bog surface wetness': Reply to comments. BOREAS, 40(2), 382-383. Author URL.
Amesbury M (2011). Peat: Core blimey!. Planet Earth(AUTUMN), 6-7.
Amesbury MJ, Barber KE, Hughes PDM (2011). The methodological basis for fine-resolution, multi-proxy reconstructions of ombrotrophic peat bog surface wetness. BOREAS, 40(1), 161-174. Author URL.

2008

Amesbury MJ, Charman DJ, Fyfe RM, Langdon PG, West S (2008). Bronze Age upland settlement decline in southwest England: testing the climate change hypothesis. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 35(1), 87-98. Author URL.

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I contribute to teaching on the following modules:

  • GEO2230: Reconstructing Past Environments
  • GEO3232: Peatland Ecosystems

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