Robin Gledhill

Robin Gledhill


I am a PhD student researching peatland palaeoecology and its potential for informing restoration and management practices in the UK. My project titled “Using Palaeoecology to Support Blanket Peatland Management” is funded by the NERC Panorama DTP. This project will be focussed around the highly degraded blanket bog peatlands in the north of England and I am collaborating with partners from the regional peatland restoration partnerships to provide a palaeoecological background for future restoration projects. I will be using a combination of different palaeoecological techniques, such as macrofossils, testate amoebae and humification, to interpret the local climatic conditions and ecological status of a peatland catchment throughout its history and development. 

Prior to my PhD I undertook a MSci in Geology at the University of Southampton, with a year at Pennsylvania State University as part of an exchange programme. My Master’s research was focussed around using stable isotope proxies for palaeoclimate reconstruction, in particular δ11B as a proxy for seawater pH and 87Sr/86Sr as a proxy for the rate of continental weathering. 

Research interests

  • Palaeoecology
  • Peatland ecology and management
  • Climate change and palaeoclimate reconstruction
  • Geochemistry


  • MSci Geology with Study Abroad - University of Southampton / Pennsylvania State University