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 Madeleine Timmins

Madeleine Timmins

PhD Student



Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


I am a PhD student funded by the Natural Environment Research Council GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership. My project is in collaboration with the Met Office, and is entitled 'Keeping above the waves? The response of coastal freshwater peatlands to sea-level rise'. My supervisory team includes Dr Tom Roland and Prof Dan Charman at Exeter, as well as Dr Matt Palmer at the Met Office, Dr Alice Milner at Royal Holloway, and Prof Andy Baird and Dr Natasha Barlow at the University of Leeds.

My interests tend to be broad and interdisciplinary. I am keen on learning more about (palaeo)ecology, peatlands, environmental change, science-policy, sea-level change, multiproxy work, GIS, geochemistry, stats, use of models, and science communication.

Previously, I studied at Royal Holloway, University of London for both my BSc in Geography and my MSc in Quaternary Science. While at Royal Holloway I received several academic prizes, as well as two Masters scholarships. 

Broad research specialisms

Quaternary science, palaeoecology, peatlands


MSc Quaternary Science (Distinction), Royal Holloway, University of London (2018–2019)
BSc (Hons) Geography (First Class), Royal Holloway, University of London (2015–2018)


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Research projects

Spontaneous regeneration on the Migneint blanket bog, Wales: My BSc dissertation work contributed to this paper

Global Environmental Change Perspectives on Integrated, Coordinated, Open, and Networked (ICON) Science

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I have worked as a Postgraduate Teaching Associate on the following modules:

○ Numerical Methods for Physical Geographers
This is a second year undergraduate module covering: coding in Python, applied statistics, environmental modelling, and data management. I assisted teaching in computer practical sessions, plus trouble-shooting during drop-in sessions.

○ Fieldwork in Physical Geography
This is a first year undergraduate module which introduces students to fieldwork methodologies, empirical research and using Excel. I assisted teaching on preparatory training sessions and computer practical sessions.

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