Telephone: (01792) 295184
Room: Academic Office - 234
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • stable isotopes
  • dendrochronology
  • dendroclimatology
  • radiocarbon dating
  • proxy data
  • phytoremediation
  • biochar


  1. Boer, H., Robertson, I., Clisby, R., Loader, N., Gagen, M., Young, G., Wagner-Cremer, F., Hipkin, C., & McCarroll, D. Tree-ring isotopes suggest atmospheric drying limits temperature–growth responses of treeline bristlecone pine. Tree Physiology, 39(6), 983-999.
  2. Misi, D., Puchałka, R., Pearson, C., Robertson, I., & Koprowski, M. Differences in the Climate-Growth Relationship of Scots Pine: A Case Study from Poland and Hungary. Forests, 10(3), 243
  3. Gebregeorgis, E., Zewdie, S., Wils, T., Robertson, I., Eshetu, Z., & Koprowski, M. Precipitation as the Main Driver of the Radial Growth of Cupressus lusitanica (Mill.) at Wondo Genet, Ethiopia. Baltic Forestry, 24(1), 77-85.
  4. Woodborne, S., Hall, G., Jones, C., Loader, N., Patrut, A., Patrut, R., Robertson, I., Winkler, S., & Winterbach, C. A 250-Year Isotopic Proxy Rainfall Record from Southern Botswana. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Chemia, 63(1), 109-123.
  5. Wils, T., Robertson, I., Woodborne, S., Hall, G., Koprowski, M., & Eshetu, Z. Anthropogenic forcing increases the water-use efficiency of African trees. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31(4), 386-390.

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  • BIOM25B Science Skills and Research Methods

    This intensive lecture and practical based module covers science skills for students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies, including MSc, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees. It will teach students how to make good use of library and internet resources (including Web of Science, Canvas and Dryad), to design and analyse their experiments, and to make presentations of their data during conferences and symposia. It will provide PG students in the Department of Biosciences (and other Departments in the College of Science) with the research and analytical skills necessary to carry out their research projects. It will teach them how to formulate and test scientific hypotheses, and how to generate and analyse scientific results using a variety of research methods. Lecture topics include Reporting and Presentation skills, Numerical skills and Data Analysis and Presentation. The lectures are taught during the first part of the Semester. The module is examined through a combination of Continuous Assessment (60%) and Examination in the form of a MCQ test (40%). Basic reading: Whitlock, M. and Schluter, D. (2014) The Analysis of Biological Data (Roberts & Co.). Crawley, M.J. (2005) Statistics: An Introduction Using R (Wiley). Original research papers given in reading list

  • GEG100 Geographical skills

    The aim of this module is to introduce the participants to essential geographical skills.These invaluable skills will become enhanced throughout their degree at Swansea University. Participants should be able to apply these techniques to data from a wide variety of environments and contexts. Presentation skills will be covered from the use of tables to the drawing of maps.

  • GEG132 Dynamic Earth Systems

    This module forms the essential foundation for any more advanced study of physical geography. It introduces the four main Earth systems: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. It provides a sound understanding of the processes within each system, and of the interactions between them. The atmosphere section deals with flows of energy and moisture and their role in controlling climate over both space and time. The hydrosphere section focuses on the concepts of the hydrological cycle and main processes associated with the water fluxes. The biosphere section deals mainly with flows of energy and nutrients between Earth systems. The geosphere section introduces topics like the origin of Earth, the concept of plate tectonics, describes the distribution of different rock types and processes occurring in geosphere. In addition main properties and functions of soil, formation of different soil types across the world and changes of climate in the past, current and the future, proxies of climate change are included.

  • GEG277 Geographical Methods and Approaches

    This core 20 credit module introduces the variety of approaches to Human and Physical Geography that exist, providing an overview of the key methods used in the discipline. These paradigms will be introduced and then you are given the opportunity to 'think through' what kinds of methods chime with these geographical approaches. The module introduces key data methods and their theoretical roots, with an opportunity to 'practice' these key methods extended workshops - both desk based and in the field.

  • GEG358 Measuring Climate Change

    The aim of this module is to provide the participants with the relevant skills to place the widely reported anthropogenic influences upon climate into the perspective of a naturally changing climatic system. The module focuses upon the techniques used to reconstruct changes in climate over the last 1000 years and presents reconstructions at differing temporal scales. The module is directed towards students with a basic scientific and mathematical background.

  • GEGM07 Environmental Dynamics

    This module aims to explain and understand past, present and potential future changes in the Earth's climate and environment. It provides a broad approach to environmental processes and dynamics operating on land, in the oceans and in the atmosphere on a global and regional scale. Emphasis is placed on the evidence available for reconstructing past environmental dynamics, the implications for present-day processes, future predictions and likely impacts.


  • Untitled (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Yeran Sun Sun
  • Mapping hydrological pathways and apportioning sources of metals at Nant y Mwyn (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Walsh
  • Enhancing Japanese knotweed control and long-term site restoration post-treatment (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • Remediation of contaminated motorway runoff preventing the mobilisation of toxic pollutants into the environment (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
  • The development of a surrogate soil to assist the revegetation and stabilisation of metal-mine tailings (awarded 2021)

    Other supervisor: Prof Alayne Street-Perrott
  • 'The use of a sustainable biochar compost for the revegetation and stabilisation of metal mine tailings.' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Alayne Street-Perrott
  • 'A dendroecological assessment of the impact of the balsam wooly adelgid (Adelges piceae) on radial growth of Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis) in the Pacific Northwest region of North America' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd