Lauren Burton

Lauren Burton


I am a PhD student in the School of Earth and Environment with involvement in the Earth Surface Science Institute and the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, researching the climate of the Pliocene epoch and considering its relevance to the 1.5°C world. 

I graduated from the University of Oxford with BA Geography in 2019 before studying MSc Climate Change at the University of East Anglia. For my MSc thesis I used a simple climate model to investigate the climatic effects of volcanic eruptions over the last millennium. 

I am funded by the NERC Panorama DTP

Research interests

My PhD thesis considers the climate of the Pliocene epoch and what we can learn about the long-term atmospheric effects of CO2 at ~400 ppmv with reference to the 1.5°C world and beyond.


  • 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