Professor Alayne Street-Perrott

Areas of interest: Palaeoclimatology; palaeolimnology; tropical palaeoenvironments; stable isotopes; long-term changes in the carbon cycle in the tropics.
Qualifications: BA (Colorado), MA, PhD (Cantab), FRGS


  • GEG345 Humid Tropical Environments and Landscapes

    The module examines the range and nature of humid tropical environments and landscapes and how they respond to climatic factors and climatic change. Section I focuses on the climatic environment. Section II investigates hydrological and geomorphological processes within the humid tropical zone and the impacts of logging. Section III is devoted to climatic change and its forcing factors and their interactions with vegetation in the humid tropics at a variety of timescales. Section IV considers landforms and landscapes in the humid tropics, with Individual lectures focusing upon landscape form and drainage networks; tropical karst and coral reef islands.


  • 'The use of a sustainable biochar compost for the revegetation and stabilisation of metal mine tailings.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Iain Robertson
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    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Iain Robertson

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1995 Present Supernumerary Fellow St. Hilda's College, Oxford
1995 Present Research Professor of Physical Geography Swansea University
1992 1994 Programme Leader in Palaeoclimatology University of Oxford
1984 1985 Visiting Associate Professor University of Wisconsin
1980 1994 Fellow of St Hilda's College Oxford
1980 1994 CUF Lecturer in Geography University of Oxford
1976 1980 Departmental Demonstrator Oxford
1976 1977 Attachée de Recherche Bellevue, France
1974 1976 Visiting Scholar Addis Ababa University

Research Groups

  • Researcher

    Our research focuses on regions especially sensitive to environmental change such as high-latitude, alpine and fire-prone) and those with sparse environmental archives (tropics) to reduce uncertainty in modelled future-change scenarios and advance understanding of the Earth system.

  • Leader, Swansea Biochar Research Team

    Our group aims: constructing a global model of the potential for reducing atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases by producing biochar sustainably; providing assistance to a recycling company that hopes to establish a pyrolysis plant in South Wales; and conducting a pilot study into the physical and chemical changes that take place through time as biochar is weathered within the soil.