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


  1. Loomis, S., Russell, J., Verschuren, D., Morrill, C., De Cort, G., Sinninghe Damsté, J., Olago, D., Eggermont, H., Street-Perrott, F., Kelly, M., Street-Perrott, A. The tropical lapse rate steepened during the Last Glacial Maximum Science Advances 3 1 e1600815 7
  2. van Bellen, S., Mauquoy, D., Payne, R., Roland, T., Hughes, P., Daley, T., Loader, N., Alayne Street-Perrott, F., Rice, E., Pancotto, V., Street-Perrott, A. An alternative approach to transfer functions? Testing the performance of a functional trait-based model for testate amoebae
  3. Cockerton, H., Street-Perrott, A., Barker, P., Leng, M., Sloane, H., Ficken, K. Orbital forcing of glacial/interglacial variations in chemical weathering and silicon cycling within the upper White Nile basin, East Africa: Stable-isotope and biomarker evidence from Lakes Victoria and Edward Quaternary Science Reviews 130 57 71
  4. Daley, T., Thomas, E., Holmes, J., Street-Perrott, F., Chapman, M., Tindall, J., Valdes, P., Loader, N., Marshall, J., Wolff, E., Hopley, P., Atkinson, T., Barber, K., Fisher, E., Robertson, I., Hughes, P., Roberts, C., Street-Perrott, A. The 8200yr BP cold event in stable isotope records from the North Atlantic region Global and Planetary Change 79 3-4 288
  5. Woolf, D., Amonette, J., Street-Perrott, A., Lehmann, J., Joseph, S. Sustainable biochar to mitigate global climate change Nature Communications 1 5 1 9

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  • The development of an artificial soil to aid the revegetation and surface stabilisation of metal-mine tailings (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Iain Robertson
  • 'The use of a sustainable biochar compost for the revegetation and stabilisation of metal mine tailings.' (awarded 2018)

    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.