Dr Thomas Roland
Lecturer and Research Fellow


Having trained as a palaeoecologist, my primary research interest is the relationship between ecosystems and environmental change over long-term timescales. Currently, my research focuses on peatlands and how they can be used as palaeoenvironmental archives to answer questions about climate change in the past, present and future. In attempting to tackle these questions I have also developed interests in stable isotope geochemistry, geochronology (radiocarbon, short-lived radioisotopes, tephra) and carbon and nutrient dynamics. 

I have a particular interest in the peat-forming systems and palaeoclimatology of the Southern Hemisphere and I am currently working on records from the Antarctic Peninsula, New Zealand and Southern Patagonia.


Lecturer, University of Exeter (2017-present)

Research Fellow, University of Exeter (2014-present)
NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative – ‘Terrestrial Holocene climate variability on the Antarctic Peninsula’

Research Fellow, University of Southampton (2012-2014)
NERC-funded PATAGON project – ‘Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Tierra del Fuego to detect land-ocean-atmosphere interactions’


PhD in Geography, University of Exeter (2008-2012)
NERC-funded PhD studentship – ‘Was there a 4.2 kyr event in Great Britain and Ireland? Evidence from the peatland record’. Supervised by Profs. Dan Charman, Chris Caseldine and Chris Turney.

MSc in Quaternary Science (Distinction), Royal Holloway and UCL, University of London (2006-2007)
NERC-funded Master’s studentship
Highest average grade and winner of the 2007 Quaternary Science Reviews/Elsevier Prize for Top Student.

BSc (Hons.) in Geography (First Class), University of Exeter (2003-2006)


Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 725892
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

Office hours 

Term 1, Week 9:

Tuesday: 10:00-11:00

Tuesday: 14:00-15:00

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