Richard Fewster

Richard Fewster


Currently studying a Masters by Research focussed on identifying the climatic drivers of permafrost within peatlands across hemispheric scales. Perrenially frozen peatlands contain a vast carbon stock, in the same order of magnitude as the atmospheric carbon store, which is greatly threatened by contemporary climate change. Despite increasingly widespread evidence of permafrost thaw, peatland innundation and thermokarst across the northern hemisphere, the future extent and distribution of frozen peatlands remains highly uncertain. My research concentrates on quantifying the climatic controls which dictate the extent of permafrost peatlands on broad spatial scales in order to simulate past, present and future distributions. A greater understanding of the responses of permafrost to warming climates is vital to increase the reliability of future climate simulations and carbon budget predictions.

Research interests

  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Peatlands
  • Environmental Change
  • Contemporary and Future Climate Change
  • GIS
  • Statistical Modelling


  • BSc Geography (hons) at The University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management
  • Palaeo@Leeds