Professor Timothy Mighall

Professor Timothy Mighall
Professor Timothy Mighall
Professor Timothy Mighall

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G22 St Mary's, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
School of Geosciences


Keele University: Environmental Research Unit. Position: Research Assistant Oct-Dec 1990.

Brunel University: Department of Geography & Geology. Position: Temporary Lecturer Feb-July 1991.                                   

Coventry University: Geography Subject Area. Position: Lecturer (1991-1994) Senior Lecturer (1994-2005).

University of Aberdeen: Department of Geography & Environment, School of Geosciences (2005-present) Senior Lecturer in Palaeoecology.

External Memberships

Co-editor, Scottish Geographical Journal

Deputy Editor, Editorial Board, Environmental Archaeology

NERC Peer Review College Member


Membership of External Bodies

Association of Environmental Archaeology

Early Mines Research Group

Historical Metallurgy Society

Irish Quaternary Association

Quaternary Research Association

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The Prehistoric Society


Research Overview

  • Pollen and non-pollen palynomorph analysis
  • Peat geochemistry and reconstructing palaeo-pollution records from bogs and lakes
  • Holocene vegetational history
  • Holocene environmental change


Current Research

Land degradation in the Karoo, South Africa

Recent publications

Langford, H.E. et al. 2013: Palaeoecology of a late MIS7 interglacial deposit from eastern England. Quaternary international

Crew, P. & Mighall, T.M. 2013. The fuel supply and woodland management at a 14th century bloomery in Snowdonia, a multi-disciplinary approach.  In  Humphris, J. & Rehren, T. (eds) The World of Iron. London: Archetype Publications, 473-482.

Mighall, TM, Chambers, FM, Timberlake, S & O’Brien, WF. 2012. Characterising vegetation changes in former mining and metalworking areas during prehistoric and Roman times. Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 20, 117-130.

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Land degradation and environmental change in the Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. See
  2. The function and environmental impact of burnt mounds in prehistory.
  3. The ecology and landscapes of early medieval royal centres.
  4. Placing early mining and metalworking into its environmental context. See
  5. Holocene environmental changes in NW Iberia



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  • Substantial light woodland and open vegetation characterized the temperate forest biome before Homo sapiens

    Pearce, E. A., Mazier, F., Normand, S., Fyfe, R., Andrieu, V., Bakels, C., Balwierz, Z., Bińka, K., Boreham, S., Borisova, O. K., Brostrom, A., de Beaulieu, J., Gao, C., González-Sampériz, P., Granoszewski, W., Hrynowiecka, A., Kołaczek, P., Kuneš, P., Magri, D., Malkiewicz, M., Mighall, T., Milner, A. M., Möller, P., Nita, M., Noryśkiewicz, B., Pidek, I. A., Reille, M., Robertsson, A., Salonen, J. S., Schläfli, P., Schokker, J., Scussolini, P., Šeirienė, V., Strahl, J., Urban, B., Winter, H., Svenning, J.
    Science Advances, vol. 9, no. 45, pp. 1-14
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Peatlands

    Silva-Sánchez, N., López-Merino, L., López-Costas, O., Moreno Martín, ?., Mighall, T., Martínez Cortizas, A.
    The Environment in Galicia: A Book of Images: Galician Environment Through Images. Núñez-Delgado, A., Álvarez-Rodríguez, E., Fernández-Calviño, D. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 149-178, 30 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Testing the Effect of Relative Pollen Productivity on the REVEALS Model: A Validated Reconstruction of Europe-Wide Holocene Vegetation

    Serge, M. A., Mazier, F., Fyfe, R., Gaillard, M. J., Klein, T., Lagnoux, A., Galop, D., Githumbi, E., Mindrescu, M., Nielsen, A. B., Trondman, A. K., Poska, A., Sugita, S., Woodbridge, J., Abel-Schaad, D., Åkesson, C., Alenius, T., Ammann, B., Andersen, S. T., Anderson, R. S., Andrič, M., Balakauskas, L., Barnekow, L., Batalova, V., Bergman, J., Birks, H. J. B., Björkman, L., Bjune, A. E., Borisova, O., Broothaerts, N., Carrion, J., Caseldine, C., Christiansen, J., Cui, Q., Currás, A., Czerwiński, S., David, R., Davies, A. L., De Jong, R., Di Rita, F., Dietre, B., Dörfler, W., Doyen, E., Edwards, K. J., Ejarque, A., Endtmann, E., Etienne, D., Faure, E., Feeser, I., Feurdean, A., Fischer, E., Fletcher, W., Franco-Múgica, F., Fredh, E. D., Froyd, C., Garcés-Pastor, S., García-Moreiras, I., Gauthier, E., Gil-Romera, G., González-Sampériz, P., Grant, M. J., Grindean, R., Haas, J. N., Hannon, G., Heather, A. J., Heikkilä, M., Hjelle, K., Jahns, S., Jasiunas, N., Jiménez-Moreno, G., Jouffroy-Bapicot, I., Kabailienė, M., Kamerling, I. M., Kangur, M., Karpińska-Kołaczek, M., Kasianova, A., Kołaczek, P., Lagerås, P., Latalowa, M., Lechterbeck, J., Leroyer, C., Leydet, M., Lindbladh, M., Lisitsyna, O., López-Sáez, J. A., Lowe, J., Luelmo-Lautenschlaeger, R., Lukanina, E., Macijauskaitė, L., Magri, D., Marguerie, D., Marquer, L., Martinez-Cortizas, A., Mehl, I., Mesa-Fernández, J. M., Mighall, T., Miola, A., Miras, Y., Morales-Molino, C., Mrotzek, A., Sobrino, C. M., Odgaard, B., Ozola, I., Pérez-Díaz, S., Pérez-Obiol, R. P., Poggi, C., Rego, P. R., Ramos-Román, M. J., Rasmussen, P., Reille, M., Rösch, M., Ruffaldi, P., Goni, M. S., Savukynienė, N., Schröder, T., Schult, M., Segerström, U., Seppä, H., Vives, G. S., Shumilovskikh, L., Smettan, H. W., Stancikaite, M., Stevenson, A. C., Stivrins, N., Tantau, I., Theuerkauf, M., Tonkov, S., van der Knaap, W. O., van Leeuwen, J. F., Vecmane, E., Verstraeten, G., Veski, S., Voigt, R., Von Stedingk, H., Waller, M. P., Wiethold, J., Willis, K. J., Wolters, S., Zernitskaya, V. P.
    Land, vol. 12, no. 5, 986
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Midlands of England: Economic Backwater or an Agricultural Powerhouse?: Environmental Evidence from Prehistory to Modern Times Recorded in Sediments from Aqualate Mere, Central England, UK

    Mighall, T. M., Pittam, N. J., Foster, I. D. L., Ledger, P. M., Jordan, J., Cortizas, A. M., Bateman, M.
    Environmental Archaeology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Climate Change, Fire and Human Activity Drive Vegetation Change during the Last Eight Millennia in the Xistral Mountains of NW Iberia

    Mighall, T., Martínez Cortizas, A., Silva Sánchez, N., López Costas, O., Lopez Merino, L.
    Quaternary , vol. 6, no. 1, 5
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Iron Age and Roman Mining at Alderley Edge, Cheshire: An archaeological excavation of Pot Shaft, Engine Vein in 1997

    Timberlake, S., Kidd, D., Mighall, T., Marshall, P.
    Mining History: The Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 29-53
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Lake and crannog: A 2500-year palaeoenvironmental record of continuity and change in NE Scotland  

    Jones, S., López-Costas, O., Martínez Cortizas, A., Mighall, T., Noble, G., Stratigos, M.
    Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 285, 107532
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Environmental challenges for the medieval North Atlantic world

    Schofield, J., Edwards, K., Erlendsson, E., Mighall, T.
    Environmental Archaeology, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 123-126
    Contributions to Journals: Editorials
  • Identifying Social Transformations and Crisis during the Pre-Monastic to Post-Viking era on Iona: New Insights from a Palynological and Palaeoentomological Perspective

    Jones, S. E., Allison, E. P., Campbell, E., Evans, N., Mighall, T., Noble, G.
    Environmental Archaeology, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 168-192
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Copper Mining in the Bronze Age at Mynydd Parys, Anglesey, Wales

    Jenkins, D. A., Timberlake, S., Davidson, A., Mal, K., Marshall, P., Mighall, T., O’Brien, C., Smith, D. N.
    Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, vol. 87, pp. 261–291
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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