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

Research Interests

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 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.
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • NERC Peer Review College member, 2009-present

Admin Responsibilities


  • Senior Personal Tutor
  • Senior Adviser of Studies, School of Geosciences


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Contributions to Journals


  • Ratcliffe, J., Andersen, R., Anderson, R., Newton, A., Campbell, D., Mauquoy, D. & Payne, R. (2018). 'Contemporary carbon fluxes do not reflect the long-term carbon balance for an Atlantic blanket bog'. The Holocene, vol 28, no. 1, pp. 140-149.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1177/0959683617715689
    [Online] AURA: HOL_16_0171.R2.pdf
  • Van Bellen, S., Mauquoy, D., Payne, RJ., Roland, TP., Hughes, PDM., Daley, TJ., Loader, NJ., Street-Perrott, FA., Rice, EM. & Pancotto, VA. (2017). 'An alternative approach to transfer functions? Testing the performance of a functional trait-based model for testate amoebae'. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol 468, pp. 173-183.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.12.005
    [Online] AURA: an_alternative_approach_to_transfer_functions.pdf
  • Chambers, F., Crowle, A., Daniell, J., Mauquoy, D., McCarroll, J., Sanderson, N., Thom, T., Toms, P. & Webb, J. (2017). 'Ascertaining the nature and timing of mire degradation: using palaeoecology to assist future conservation management in Northern England'. AIMS Environmental Science, vol 4, no. 1, pp. 54-82.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3934/environsci.2017.1.54
    [Online] AURA: Ascertaining_the_nature_and_timing_of_mire_degradation_using...
  • Loader, NJ., Street-Perrott, FA., Mauquoy, D., Roland, TP., van Bellen, S., Daley, TJ., Davies, D., Hughes, PDM., Pancotto, VO., Young, GHF., Amesbury, MJ., Charman, DJ., Mallon, G. & Yu, ZC. (2016). 'Measurements of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon isotope variability in Sphagnum moss along a micro-topographical gradient in a southern Patagonian peatland'. Journal of Quaternary Science, vol 31, no. 4, pp. 426-435.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2871
    [Online] AURA: Loader_et_al_2016_Journal_of_Quaternary_Science.pdf
  • Payne, RJ., Babeshko, KV., van Bellen, S., Blackford, JJ., Booth, RK., Charman, DJ., Ellershaw, MR., Gilbert, D., Hughes, PDM., Jassey, VEJ., Lamentowicz, Ł, Lamentowicz, M., Malysheva, EA., Mauquoy, D., Mazei, Y., Mitchell, EA.D, Swindles, GT., Tsyganov, AN., Turner, TE. & Telford, RJ. (2016). 'Significance testing testate amoeba water table reconstructions'. Quaternary Science Reviews, vol 138, pp. 131-135.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.01.030
  • van Bellen, S., Mauquoy, D., Hughes, PDM., Roland, TP., Daley, TJ., Loader, NJ., Street-Perrott, FA., Rice, EM., Pancotto, VA. & Payne, RJ. (2016). 'Late-Holocene climate dynamics recorded in the peat bogs of Tierra del Fuego, South America'. The Holocene, vol 26, no. 3, pp. 489-501.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1177/0959683615609756
    [Online] AURA: van_Bellen_et_al_2016_The_Holocene_Tierra_del_Fuego.pdf
  • Charman, DJ., Amesbury, MJ., Hinchliffe, W., Hughes, PDM., Mallon, G., Blake, WH., Daley, TJ., Gallego-Sala, AV. & Mauquoy, D. (2015). 'Drivers of Holocene peatland carbon accumulation across a climate gradient in northeastern North America'. Quaternary Science Reviews, vol 121, pp. 110-119.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.012
    [Online] AURA: Charman_et_al_2015_Drivers_of_Holocene_peatland_carbon.pdf
    [Link] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379115002115
  • Loader, NJ., Street-Perrott, FA., Daley, TJ., Hughes, PDM., Kimak, A., Levanič, T., Mallon, G., Mauquoy, D., Robertson, I., Roland, TP., van Bellen, S., Ziehmer, MM. & Leuenberger, M. (2015). 'Simultaneous Determination of Stable Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen Isotopes in Cellulose'. Analytical Chemistry, vol 87, no. 1, pp. 376-380.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1021/ac502557x
    [Link] http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac502557x
  • Chambers, FM., Brain, SA., Mauquoy, D., McCarroll, J. & Daley, T. (2014). 'The ‘Little Ice Age’ in the Southern Hemisphere in the context of the last 3000 years: Peat-based proxy-climate data from Tierra del Fuego'. The Holocene, vol 24, no. 12, pp. 1649-1656.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1177/0959683614551232
    [Online] AURA: 3LIA_in_the_Southern_Hemisphere_pdf_version_of_final_submitt...
  • Tipping, R., Cook, GT., Mauquoy, D., Beresford, A., Hamilton, D., Harrison, JG., Jordan, J., Ledger, PM., Morrison, S., Patterson, D., Russell, N. & Smith, D. (2014). 'Reconstructing Battles and Battlefields: Scientific Solutions to Historical Problems at Bannockburn, Scotland'. Landscapes, vol 15, no. 2, pp. 119-131.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1179/1466203514Z.00000000030
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