Dr Dmitri Mauquoy

Dr Dmitri Mauquoy
Dr Dmitri Mauquoy
Dr Dmitri Mauquoy

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272364
Office Address
G23, St. Mary's
School of Geosciences


  • 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

External Memberships

  • NERC Peer Review College member, 2009-present

Research Overview

My palaeoecological research involves the analyses of peat bog deposits in order to understand the rate and nature of former environmental changes. My research into peat archive records has been used to: i/ understand long-term peatland carbon sequestration rates (driven by either climate change, long-term succession processes and/or human impacts) ii/ investigate climate change spanning the early Holocene (~11,700 years ago) to the present based upon a range of sub-fossil plant and microorganisms preserved in peat matrices iii/ guide the restoration and preservation of peatlands. A long-term perspective is important for the latter, as peat archive records can be used to show the antiquity and to understand the naturalness and resilience of peat bog ecosystems to a range of natural and anthropogenic drivers of environmental changes. All three of these research foci are highly dependent upon the generation of precise and accurate chronologies. Working with my international colleagues I have developed a series of age/depth modelling techniques to refine and improve this key technique.

I use plant macrofossil and testate amoebae analyses to reconstruct environmental changes and 14C and 210Pb age/depth modelling to generate precise and accurate chronologies (typically with decadal/centennial precision) spanning the very recent past to the early Holocene. I have investigated a wide number of peatlands in Europe, Canada, Argentina, Chile, The Falkland Islands and sub-Antarctic islands. Given this wide range of peatlands across the world, I enjoy extensive research collaboration with leading members of the international palaeoecological community.

Current Research

Falkland Island peatlands as a mirror to understand future European peatlands (funded by The Leverhulme Trust)

The aim of this research is to understand the relationship between long-term peatland carbon accumulation rates, burning disturbance, the types of former peat forming plants and climate change across the Falkland Islands.

Peatlands are valuable ecosystems which take up and store carbon, mitigating the effects of climate change by taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. For millennia they have captured carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) from the atmosphere and locked it away as peat. One of the consequences of recent climate change and human disturbance is that peatlands are now becoming more fire prone due to drainage, higher summer temperatures and reduced precipitation, which creates a water deficit.

In order to understand how carbon accumulation in Northern Hemisphere peatlands may likely change in the future, it is useful to look at how carbon accumulation varies in modern day ‘extreme’ (‘dry’) peatlands located in the Falkland Islands.

If you're interested, here are some pictures of these fascinating islands.



  • 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

Funding and Grants

The Leverhulme Trust. Falkland Island peatlands as a mirror to understand future European peatlands. PI, 2021-2023, £228,832.

NERC, Standard Grant. Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Tierra del Fuego to detect land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, PI with Southampton, Swansea & Plymouth Universities, 2011-2014, £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 & Exeter Universities, 2010-2012, £490,000.

South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP). Environmental responses to climate change on Marion Island, 2002-2003, £16,050.

European Commission. A millennial scale assessment of solar forcing & global climatic change, 2001-2003, £98,635.

NERC, Small Research Grant for New Investigators. Assessing the timing & causes of blanket peat erosion & degradation in Wales, 1999, £13,500.


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  • Kettle-hole peatlands as carbon hot spots: Unveiling controls of carbon accumulation rates during the last two millennia

    Karpińska-Kołaczek, M., Kołaczek, P., Marcisz, K., Gałka, M., Kajukało-Drygalska, K., Mauquoy, D., Lamentowicz, M.
    Catena, vol. 237, 107764
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Climatic controls on the dynamic lateral expansion of northern peatlands and its potential implication for the 'anomalous' atmospheric CH4 rise since the mid-Holocene

    Peng, H., Nijp, J. J., Ratcliffe, J. L., Li, C., Hong, B., Lidberg, W., Zeng, M., Mauquoy, D., Bishop, K. H., Nilsson, M. B.
    Science of the Total Environment, vol. 908, 168450
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mercury deposition and redox transformation processes in peatland constrained by mercury stable isotopes

    Li, C., Jiskra, M., Nilsson, M. B., Osterwalder, S., Zhu, W., Mauquoy, D., Skyllberg, U., Enrico, M., Pen, H., Song, Y., Björn, E., Bishop, K. H.
    Nature Communications, vol. 14, 7389
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Navigating the limitations, assumptions and conceptual pitfalls of Nd isotope research on peatlands: Reply to the comments of Le Roux et al. (2023) on ‘Neodymium isotopes in peat reveal past local environmental disturbances’ by Marcisz et al. (2023)

    Marcisz, K., Belka, Z., Dopieralska, J., Jakubowicz, M., Karpińska-Kołaczek, M., Kołaczek, P., Mauquoy, D., Słowiński, M., Zieliński, M., Lamentowicz, M.
    Science of the Total Environment, vol. 898, 165398
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Neodymium isotopes in peat reveal past local environmental disturbances

    Marcisz, K., Zdzislaw, B., Dopieralsk, J., Jakubowicz, M., Karpińska-Kołaczek, M., Kołaczek, P., Mauquoy, D., Słowiński, M., Zieliński, M., Lamentowicz, M.
    Science of the Total Environment, vol. 871, 161859
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Regional variability in peatland burning at mid- to high-latitudes during the Holocene

    Sim, T. G., Swindles, G. T., Morris, P. J., Baird, A. J., Gallego-Sala, A. V., Wang, Y., Blaauw, M., Camill, P., Garneau, M., Hardiman, M., Loisel, J., Vӓliranta, M., Anderson, L., Apolinarska, K., Augustijns, F., Aurnina, L., Beaulne, J., Bobek, P., Borken, W., Broothaerts, N., Cui, Q., Davies, M. A., Ejarque, A., Farrell, M., Feeser, I., Feurdean, A., Fewster, R. E., Finkelstein, S. A., Gaillard, M. J., Galka, M., Heffernan, L., Hoevers, R., Jones, M. C., Juselius, T., Karofeld, E., Knorr, K., Korhola, A., Kupriyanov, D., Kylander, M. E., Lacourse, T., Lamentowicz, M., Lamentowicz, M., Lemdahl, G., Łuców, D., Magnan, G., Maksims, A., Mansilla, C. A., Marcisz, K., Marinova, E., Mathijssen, P. J., Mauquoy, D., Mazei, Y. A., Mazei, N. G., McCarroll, J., McCulloch, R. D., Milner, A. M., Miras, Y., Mitchell, F. J., Novenko, E., Pelletier, N., Peros, M., Piilo, S. R., Pilote, L., Primeau, G., Rius, D., Robin, V., Robitaille, M., Roland, T. P., Ryberg, E., Sannel, A. B. K., Schittek, K., Servera-Vives, G., Shotyk, W., Słowiński, M., Stivrins, N., Swinnen, W., Thompson, G., Tiunov, A., Tsyganov, A. N., Tuittila, E., Verstraeten, G., Wallenius, T., Webb, J., Willard, D., Yu, Z., Zaccone, C., Zhang, H.
    Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 305, 108020
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing Modern Calluna Heathland Fire Temperatures using Raman Spectroscopy: Implications for Past Regimes and Geothermometry

    Theurer, T., Naszarkowski, N., Muirhead, D., Jolley, D., Mauquoy, D.
    Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 10, 827933
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The origin of alkaline fen in the Mosbeek Valley in the Netherlands is due to human impact rather than a natural development

    Smeenge, H., Kooijman, A., Brinkkemper, O., de Mars, H., Mauquoy, D., van Geel, B.
    The Holocene, vol. 32, no. 7, pp. 613-623
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Monitoring, Mapping and Modelling the Terrestrial-Coastal-Marine Interface using Autonomous Aerial, Surface, and Underwater Technologies

    Green, D., Mauquoy, D., Smith, A. E., Karachok, A. R., Gregory, B., Hagon, J. J., Brannan, M. J., Lawrenson, R.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • The applicability of Raman spectroscopy in the assessment of palaeowildfire intensity

    Theurer, T., Muirhead, D. K., Jolley, D., Mauquoy, D.
    Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol. 570, 110363
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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