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Staff profile: Professor Nick Branch

Name:

Dr Nicholas Branch

Job Title:

Professor in Palaeoecology

Responsibilities:

  • School Director for Recruitment and Admissions
  • Recruitment and Admissions Officer, Department of Geography and Environmental Science

Areas of Interest:

    • Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate and environmental change in Peru, Italy and the UK.
    • Climate resilience and food production in the Peruvian Andes: past, present and future.

Undergraduate, Masters, PhD and Post-doctoral Supervision:

Nicholas is keen to discuss proposals for research on Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change and human activities in Peru, Italy and the UK.

Research and Enterprise Placements:

Nicholas is keen to discuss proposals for work experience in Quaternary science, archaeological science and cultural adaption to climate change.

Current PhD Supervision:

  • Josie Handley: Testing the resilience of traditional agriculture in the Peruvian Andes to periods of climate change and human activity (Funded by the AHRC).
  • Sarah Thoma: Climate and environmental change in southern England during the last Millennium.
  • Maria Rabbani: Investigating human-environmental interactions in the Zagros region (southwest Asia) during the early to mid- Holocene period - a multi-proxy approach.
  • Daniel Teeling: Quantifying responses to abrupt climate change in the Andes, South America: Empirical data and model synergies (Funded by the NERC).
  • Andrew Reynolds: Late Bronze Age and Iron Age hoards in Wales and Marches: An investigation into patterns of selective and reflective deposition.

Previous topics have included:

Archaeological and palaeoenvironmental application of geophysics and hydrogeochemistry to lowland wetlands in the UK, Ireland and France (Christine Bunting); Archaeology, geoarchaeology and palaeohydrology of the River Walbrook, London (Stephen Myers); Environmental history and archaeology of SE England during the Mesolithic (Michael Simmonds); Archaeology, palaeohydrology and palaeoclimatology of lowland wetlands in central Ireland (Phil Stastney); Tephrochronology of the western Mediterranean (Kathryn Turner); Archaeology, vegetation succession and palaeoclimatology of lowland wetlands in central Ireland (Daniel Young); Archaeobotany and early agriculture in the Middle East (Jade Whitlam); and The application of non-pollen palynomorphs to archaeological and geologzcal archives in NW Italy (Lionello Morandi).

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Key Facts:

Nicholas Branch is a Professor in Quaternary 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 Higher Education Academy, 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 projects:

  • Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate and environmental change in the northern Apennines, Italy.
  • Holocene climate and environmental change in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Adaptive capacity of farming communities to climate change in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Climate resilience and food production in Peru (CROPP).
  • Climate change and resilience in the Chillón Valley (CHILLY), Peru.
  • The environmental history of SE England with a specific emphasis on the history of Taxus woodland.

Publications

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  • Thoma, Sarah, Williams, Kev, Branch, Nicholas, Green, Christopher Paul, Batchelor, Rob, Simmonds, Mike and Young, Daniel (2017) Environmental history. In: Poulton, R. (ed.) The moated medieval manor and Tudor royal residence at Woking Palace. Excavations between 2009 and 2015. SpoilHeap Publications. ISBN 9781912331031

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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.

 Nicholas Branch

contact details

Email:

n.p.branch@reading.ac.uk

Telephone:

+44 (0) 118 378 6102

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