Lauren Burton

Lauren Burton


I am a 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 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. 

Alongside my PhD, I am also a Communications and Engagement Intern at the Priestley International Centre for Climate. As part of my internship, I produced 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



  • Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Local Centre PhD showcase - ‘Back to the Future’ Part IV: Palaeoclimates (Invited speaker)
  • Pliocene Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 2 (PlioMIP2) showcase - How well can the Pliocene act as an analogue for projected future climates?
  • The warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities - On the climatic influence of CO2 forcing in the Pliocene (poster)


  • 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