Staff Profile:Dr Nicholas Branch

Name:
Dr Nicholas Branch
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Head of Geography and Environmental Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Holocene vegetation succession and climate change in South America and Europe (UK, Ireland, France and Italy)
  • Human response and adaptation to environmental change during the Holocene
  • The impact of human activities on the natural environment during the Holocene

Undergraduate, Masters, PhD and Post-doctoral Supervision:

Nicholas is keen to discuss proposals for research on Holocene environmental change and human activities in northern Europe, the western Mediterranean and Peru.

Research and Enterprise Placements:

Nicholas is keen to discuss proposals for work experience in Quaternary science, archaeological science, environmental science and forensic science.

Current PhD Supervision:

  • Christine Bunting - Archaeological and palaeoenvironmental application of geophysics and hydrogeochemistry to lowland wetlands in the UK, Ireland and France
  • Stephen Myers - Archaeology, geoarchaeology and palaeohydrology of the River Walbrook, London
  • Michael Simmonds - Environmental history and archaeology of SE England during the Mesolithic
  • Philip Stastney - Archaeology, palaeohydrology and palaeoclimatology of lowland wetlands in central Ireland
  • Kathryn Turner - Tephrochronology of the western Mediterranean
  • Daniel Young - Archaeology, vegetation succession and palaeoclimatology of lowland wetlands in central Ireland
  • Jade Whitlam - Archaeobotany and early agriculture in the Middle East
  • Sarah Thoma - Climate and environmental change in southern England during the last Millennium
  • Lionello Morandi - The application of non-pollen palynomorphs to archaeological and geological archives in NW Italy


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Key Facts:

Dr Nicholas Branch is an Associate Professor in Palaeoecology.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology, and MSc in Bioarchaeology (Archaeobotany), from University College London (Institute of Archaeology). Nicholas has a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway (University of London), Centre of Quaternary Research, where he studied the Late Würm Lateglacial and Holocene vegetation history and human activities of the Northern Apennines, Italy. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), and an associate of the Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research and Soil Research Centre.

He currently has several major research interests:

  • Holocene climate and vegetation history of the northern Apennines, Italy
  • The impact of prehistoric farming on the environment of the Ligurian Apennines, Italy The Neolithisation of the western Mediterranean with a specific emphasis on the cave of Arene Candide, Liguria, Italy
  • The chronology and impact of Copper and Bronze Age mining and metallurgy on the environment of the Mediterranean
  • The environmental impact of proto-industrial prehistoric salt production in the Seille Valley, NE France
  • The environmental impact of prehistoric salt mining activities at Hallstatt, Austria
  • The environmental history of SE England with a specific emphasis on the Mesolithic cultural period, the histories of Ulmus, Taxus and Tilia woodland, and heathland formation
  • Middle and Late Holocene climate change and vegetation succession in central Ireland
  • The rise and fall of the Wari civilisation in the Peruvian Andes  
  • Inca ushnus: Landscape, Site and Symbol in the Andes
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  • Branch, N. (2015) Environmental archaeology. In: Wright, J. D. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 692-698. ISBN 9780080970868

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Further Publications

Briant, R.M., Rose, J., Lee, J.A. and Branch, N.P. 1999 Pre-glacial Quaternary sediments from Trimingham, North Norfolk, England, Bulletin of the Geological Society of Norfolk, 49, 15-47.

Rose, J., Whiteman, C.A., Lee, J.A., Branch, N.P., Harkness, D.D. and Walden, J 1997 Mid- and Late-Holocene vegetation, surface weathering and glaciation, Fjallsjokull, southeast Iceland, The Holocene, 7, 457

Branch, N.P. 1997 Palynological study of the Early and Middle Neolithic deposits of Arene Candide: preliminary results, In Maggi R. (ed.) Arene Candide: a functional and environmental assessment of the Holocene sequence (excavation Bernabo Brea 1940-50), Il Calamo, 89-102.

Branch, N.P. 1997 Pollen analysis of a sediment sample from area 01, Middle Neolithic II, In Maggi R. (ed.) Arene Candide: a functional and environmental assessment of the Holocene sequence (excavation Bernabo Brea 1940-50), Il Calamo, 87-88.

Branch, N.P. 1996 Palynology, In: Thomas, C. and Rackham, J. (eds.), Bramcote Green, Bermondsey: a Bronze Age trackway and palaeoenvironmental sequence, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 61, 221-253.

Watson, C., Branch, N.P. and Lowe, J.J. 1994 The vegetation history of the northern Apennines during the Holocene In: Biagi P. and Nandris J. (eds.), Highland Zone Exploitation in Southern Europe, Monografie di Natura Bresciana, 20, 153-168.

Lowe, J.J., Branch, N.P. and Watson, C. 1994 The chronology of human disturbance of the vegetation of the northern Apennines during the Holocene, In: Biagi P. and Nandris J. (eds.), Highland Zone Exploitation in Southern Europe, Monografie di Natura Bresciana, 20, 169-187.

Branch, N.P. and Scaife, R.G. 1995 The stratigraphy and pollen analysis of peat sequences associated with the Lindow III bog body, In: Turner R.C. and Scaife R.G. (eds.), Bog Bodies: New Discoveries and New Perspectives, 19-31, British Museum Press, London.

Branch, N.P. and Canti, M.G. 1994 Research proposal for testing pollen translocation rates in coarse mineral substrates, Journal of the Southeast England Soils Discussion Group: Soils and Archaeology, 10, 73-85.

Branch, N.P. 1991 The seeds from burial S506, In Hayman G.N., Further excavations at the former Goblin Works, Ashtead (TQ 182 567), Surrey Archaeological Collections, 81, 9.

Branch, N.P. and Scaife, R.G. 1991 Ower Peninsula: Iron Age - Romano-British soil accumulation, In Cox P.W. and Hearne C.M. (eds.), Redeemed from the heath: the archaeology of the Wytch Farm oilfield (1987-1990), Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series, 9, 187-189.

Branch, N.P. 1989 Pollen assessment, In Marsden P. (ed.) A late Saxon logboat from Clapton, London Borough of Hackney, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology and Underwater Exploration , 18, 106.

Branch, N.P. 1988 Pollen analysis, In Howard S. (ed.), Rescue excavations of a Roman enclosure and field system at West Moors, Dorset, 1988, Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 110, 105-107.

Branch, N.P. 1988 Pollen and preliminary plant macrofossil analysis of peat columns from Lindow Moss, Cheshire, Ancient Monuments Laboratory Report, 111/88.

 

Qualifications:
BSc MSc PhD (London)

 

Dr Nick Branch

Contact Details

Email:
n.p.branch@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7766

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