Richard Fewster

Richard Fewster


My thesis title is “The Past, Present and Future of Permafrost Peatlands”, a project funded by the NERC Panorama DTP. Permafrost peatlands (i.e. peatlands frozen for > 1 year) represent vast carbon stores that are expected to be highly vulnerable to future climatic change, but the impacts of these changes remain uncertain. My doctoral research aims to: (1) evaluate the developmental responses of permafrost peatlands to past Holocene climate shifts; (2) identify the modern controls on the pan-Arctic distribution of northern permafrost peatlands; and (3) simulate future permafrost peatland extents under a range of 21st century emission pathways. I am an active member of the River Basins Processes and Management research cluster and an acting representative for postgraduate researchers in the School of Geography, Faculty of Environment and NERC Panorama DTP.


Research interests

  • Peatlands
  • Permafrost
  • Climate Science
  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Environmental Change
  • Past and Future Climate Change
  • Statistical Modelling


  • 2018–2019, MSc by Research - Geography (Physical), The University of Leeds
  • 2015–2018, BSc Geography (hons), The University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management
  • Palaeo@Leeds