Lauren Burton

Lauren Burton


I am a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Earth and Environment researching the climate of the Pliocene epoch (~3 million years ago) and its relevance to future climate change and the 1.5°C warmer world. I am part of the Earth Surface Science Institute and the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, and funded by the NERC Panorama DTP

I helped to develop the experimental design of the third phase of the Pliocene Modelling Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP3) and sit on the advisory board as the Early Career Representative.

Alongside my PhD I am a Communications and Engagement Intern at the Priestley Centre for Climate Futures. I lead on the ‘Ask A Climate Researcher’ series and continue to run climate engagement events at the University.

Research interests

My research considers the climate of the Pliocene epoch and what we can learn about the long-term effects of CO2 at ~400 ppmv with reference to future climate change and the 1.5°C warmer world.


  • SOEE5540 – Climate Change: the Physical Science Basis
  • SOEE5860 – Physical Climate Change, Impacts and Mitigations





  • MSc Climate Change, University of East Anglia
  • BA Geography, University of Oxford

Research groups and institutes

  • Palaeo@Leeds
  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science