Dr Dmitri Mauquoy

Dr Dmitri Mauquoy

Senior Lecturer

Dr Dmitri Mauquoy
Dr Dmitri Mauquoy

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen G23, St. Mary's


  • B.Sc. (Hons) Geography, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1993
  • Ph.D. (Testing the sensitivity of the palaeoclimatic signal from ombrotrophic peat stratigraphy), University of Southampton, 1997
  • Postdoc at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), Research Group Palynology and Paleo/Actuo-ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1999-2001
  • Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at the Palaeobiology Program, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2001-2003
  • Postdoc at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), Research Group Palynology and Paleo/Actuo-ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003-2005

Memberships and Affiliations



  • Senior Personal Tutor
  • Senior Adviser of Studies, School of Geosciences
  • NERC Peer Review College member, 2009-present

Research Overview

Dmitri has research expertise on the assessment of environmental/climate change using peat-bog deposits. Evidence for change in mire surface wetness, driven by climate change during the Medieval Climatic Optimum & Little Ice Age, from a range of European raised peat bog profiles, & a similar profile from Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, have indicated the potential influence of changes in solar activity driving these climatic change events (De Vleeschouwer et al., 2009; Mauquoy et al., 2008; Mauquoy et al., 2004a). He has also been involved with the refinement of 14C wiggle-match dating to generate accurate & precise chronologies, in collaboration with international colleagues from the Universities of Amsterdam, Uppsala & Belfast (Mauquoy et al., 2004b; Blaauw et al., 2007). It is now possible to generate age/depth models with multi-decadal precision on centennial & millennial time-scales, which in combination with 210Pb dating, can provide a continuous dating framework to understand the rate & (a)synchronicity of climate change.

Current Research

A 3 year NERC joint standard grant ‘Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Tierra del Fuego to detect land-ocean-atmosphere interactions’ was awarded in 2011 to Dmitri in order to reconstruct the timing, magnitude & spatial pattern of long-term climate change, as well as exploring the impact of different causal factors such as changes in atmospheric & ocean circulation, & solar variability on the climate of the study region during the last ~2000 years. An independent ANR (France) funded 3 year project ‘Peat bog Records of Atmospheric Dust fluxes – Holocene palaeoenvironmental & palaeoclimatic implications for Southern South America’ has also recently (2011) been awarded to CNRS researcher, Dr. François De Vleeschouwer. Both the NERC- & ANR-funded projects have a focus on southern South American palaeoclimate change using peat bog archive records.


  • Drs. Gaël Le Roux & François De Vleeschouwer, Ecolab, CNRS, Ensat/Ecolab, Auzeville-Tolosane, France.
  • Professor Zicheng Yu, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, USA.
  • Professor Hans Renssen, Department of Climate Change & Landscape Dynamics, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Drs. Verónica Pancotto & Andrea Coronato, CADIC- CONICET Bernado Houssay 200 (V9410BFD) Ushuaia- Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Research Funding and Grants

  • NERC, Standard Grant, Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Tierra Del Fuego to detect Land-Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions, PI, 2011-2016, Total value of award, £791,376
  • NERC, Small Grant, An evaluation of plant wax markers to reconstruct long-term vegetation change in peat bog deposits, PI, 2010-2011, £31,200.
  • NERC, Standard Grant, Holocene Land-Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions on the Eastern Seaboard of North America, Co-I with Southampton, Swansea and Exeter Universities, 2010-2012, Total value of award £490,000.


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