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Mike Simmonds

Doctor Mike Simmonds
  • Undergraduate teaching
  • Collaboration with NUIST

Areas of interest

  • Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation succession and climate change in Britain and Europe
  • Geographic information systems and remote sensing applications in geography
  • Landscape formation and development during the Holocene, with a particular focus on heathlands, and its relationship to modern management practices
  • Wetland and mire conservation and management
  • Understanding the impact of human activities on the natural environment throughout the Late Pleistocene and the Holocene
  • Stakeholder derived student participation projects


Undergraduate teaching:

  • Techniques in Geography and Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Quaternary Science
  • Late Quaternary Environmental Change and Human Activities
  • Research Training for Geography and Environmental Science
  • Crete field class, Iceland field class
  • Dissertations.


Mike has a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography, and an MSc in Geoarchaeology both from the University of Reading. For his PhD, Mike examined the relationship between environmental change and human activities at the dryland-wetland interface across the Late Glacial – Holocene boundary in Southeast England. This resulted in a clearer picture of vegetation development in the region, and a range of recommendations on wetland and mire management from a palaeoenvironmental perspective.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and a member of the British Cartographic Association.