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Dr Maarten Blaauw

<p>Dr Maarten Blaauw</p>

Dr Maarten Blaauw


MSc Biology, Groningen University 1998
PhD Palaeoecology, Amsterdam University 2003

Lecturer in Chronology



School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 3895

Current Teaching:

GAP1002 Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future

GAP2051 Palaeoenvironmental Techniques

GAP3002 Quaternary Palaeoecology

GAP3055 Dating the Past

GAP4047-GAP7047 Chronology Modelling

Current Administrative Roles:

Advisor of Study (Geography)

Exam Officer (Archaeology and Palaeoecology)

SWAN co-chair

Current Research:

Environmental Change

I am interested in using statistics to answer palaeo-ecological questions. I am working on:

  • Software for radiocarbon age-depth modelling
  • Statistical/ecological interpretation of proxy archives


Selected recent publications (click here for a full list)

Armit, I., Swindles, G.T., Becker, K., Plunkett, G., Blaauw, M., 2014. Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age. PNAS [link]

Steinthorsdottir, M., de Boer, A.M., Oliver, K.I.C., Muschitiello, F., Blaauw, M., Reimer, P.J., Wohlfarth, B., 2014. Synchronous records of pCO2 and d14C suggest rapid, ocean-derived pCO2 fluctuations at the onset of Younger Dryas. Quaternary Science Reviews 99, 84-96

Lowe, D.J., Blaauw, M., Hogg, A.G., Newnham, R.M., 2013. Ages of 24 widespread tephras erupted since 30,000 years ago in New Zealand, with re-evaluation of the timing and palaeoclimatic implications of the Lateglacial cool episode recorded at Kaipo bog. Quaternary Science Reviews 74, 170-194 [link]

Blaauw, M., 2012. Out of tune: the dangers of aligning proxy archives. Quaternary Science Reviews 36, 38-49 [link]

Blaauw, M., Heegaard, E., 2012. Estimation of age-depth relationships. In: Birks, H.J.B., Juggins, S., Lotter, A., Smol, J.P. (editors), Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments Vol. 5: Data Handling and Statistical Techniques, pp 379-413 [link]

Blaauw, M., Holliday, V.T., Gill, J.L., Nicoll, K., 2012. Age-models and the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis [Letter to the Editor]. PNAS 109, E2240 [link]

Blaauw, M., Mauquoy, D., 2012. Signal and variability within a Holocene peat bog - chronological uncertainties of pollen, macrofossil and fungal proxies. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 186, 5-15 [link]

Blaauw, M., Christen, J.A., 2011. Flexible paleoclimate age-depth models using an autoregressive gamma process. Bayesian Analysis 6, 457-474 [link]

Blaauw, M., 2010. Methods and code for 'classical' age-modelling of radiocarbon sequences. Quaternary Geochronology 5, 512-518 [link]

Blaauw, M., Bennett, K.D., Christen, J.A., 2010. Random walk simulations of fossil proxy data. The Holocene 20, 645-649 [link]

External Grant Funding:

2014, coI NERC project REiMAGINATION

March 2011, GBP 14,400 by the Royal Society for high-precision C-14 dating of an East African lake

Additional Information:

For more information, incl. CV, software and scientific animations, visit my personal webpage