University of York



Rob conducted his PhD research at the University of Hull, producing a 50,000-year record of forest history from Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest in Uganda to understand forcing mechanisms (climatic, human, and ecological) responsible for sedimentary and vegetation change. From this, he moved to the University of Amsterdam to pursue his interests in the spatio-temporal character of vegetation change, now focusing in Latin America through the Biome 6000 project. In 2003, Rob took a Marie-Curie research fellowship in the School of Botany, Trinity College, Dublin, where he has been developing and using a pollen database for Ireland. His main research area remains in tropical environments, and he is currently working on projects in Colombia, Amazonia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The research he has done has been funded by research councils (e.g., UK’s National Environmental Research Council, The Netherlands Foundation); international agencies (e.g. WWF, the EU); and national governments (e.g. United Kingdom and The Netherlands).

Research Interests

Keywords: Tropical Ecosystems, Climate Change, Palaeoecology, Ecosystem services, Livelihoods

Rob Marchant's research and teaching interests focus on the theme of vegetation dynamics and ecosystem change. In particular, Rob uses palaeoecology, vegetation modelling, and archaeological, biogeographical, and ecological data to determine the role of past events in shaping the present day composition and distribution of tropical vegetation. 


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