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Professor Mary Gagen

Professor, Geography

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602501

Email address

Research Links

Academic Office - 239
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

I am a broadly trained physical geographer with a research specialism in climate change. I am interested in exploring how environmental change impacts our planet’s forests, and the elements of the carbon and water cycles played out in forests, and in the records of past global change that ancient trees contain. I currently carry out research in the northern Boreal forest areas of Fennoscania and in lowland tropical rainforest in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. My research is funded by Research Council’s UK, National Geographic, the European Union and Welsh Government.

I teach a broad physical geography curriculum at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. subject areas include: climate of the last thousand year, techniques in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, dendroclimatology and stable isotope methods. I also teach key skills for scientists and run a work placement module for geography students. I am interested in educational outreach activities and run Swansea’s College of Science outreach programme S4, funded by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Palaeoclimate
  • Climate change
  • Tree ring science
  • Dendroclimatology
  • Carbon isotopes
  • Science outreach
  • Public science engagement

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

 

 

Research
  • Exploring the paleoclimate potential of ancient rainforest treesin lowland tropical rainforest in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
  • Working to improve our understanding of OakDecline Syndromes in UK ancient oak woodland.
  • Developing palaeocloud records from ancient sub-fossil pine trees in the Boreal forests of Fennoscandia
  • Research is funded by Research Council’s UK, National Geographic, the European Union, The Welsh Government, Forest Research UK, Woodland Heritage.