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Prof Paula Reimer

<p>Prof Paula J. Reimer</p>

Prof Paula J. Reimer


BSc in Physics 1974 Iowa State University
MSc in Biophysics 1976 Iowa State University
PhD University of Washington (1998)




Archaeology and Palaeoecology
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0) 28 9097 3980

Current Teaching:

GAP2051 Palaeoenvironmental Techniques
GAP3055 Dating the Past
GAP3056 Undergraduate Dissertation

GAP4042/7042 Principles and Practice of Radiocarbon Dating and Calibration

Current Administrative Roles:

Director of the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment, and Chronology
School Athena SWAN Champion

Current Research:

Environmental Change

Radiocarbon dating and calibration
Marine and freshwater radiocarbon reservoir effects
Sourcing carbon in diets and food webs
Carbon cycling in peats, soils, and sediments


Olsen J, Rasmussen TL, Reimer PJ. 2014. North Atlantic marine radiocarbon reservoir ages through Heinrich event H4: a new method for marine age model construction. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 398.

Spötl C, Reimer PJ, Luetscher M. 2014. Long-term mass balance of perennial firn and ice in an Alpine cave (Austria): Constraints from radiocarbon-dated wood fragments. Holocene 24(2):165-75.

Hogg AG, Hua Q, Blackwell PG, Niu M, Buck CE, Guilderson TP, Heaton TJ, Palmer JG, Reimer PJ, Reimer RW, Turney CSM, Zimmerman SRH. 2013. SHCal13 Southern Hemisphere Calibration, 0–50,000 Years cal BP. Radiocarbon 55(2).

Reimer PJ, Bard E, Bayliss A, Beck JW, Blackwell PG, Ramsey CB, Buck CE, Cheng H, Edwards RL, Friedrich M, Grootes PM, Guilderson TP, Haflidason H, Hajdas I, Hatté C, Heaton TJ, Hoffmann DL, Hogg AG, Hughen KA, Kaiser KF, Kromer B, Manning SW, Niu M, Reimer RW, Richards DA, Scott EM, Southon JR, Staff RA, Turney CSM, Plicht Jvd. 2013. IntCal13 and Marine13 radiocarbon age calibration curves 0-50,000 years cal BP. Radiocarbon 55(4):1869–87.

Spötl C, Reimer PJ, Starnberger R, Reimer RW. 2013. A new radiocarbon chronology of Baumkirchen, stratotype for the onset of the Upper Würmian in the Alps. Journal of Quaternary Science 28(6):552-8.

Chase, BM, Scott, L, Meadows, ME, Gil-Romera, G, Boom, A, Carr, AS, Reimer, PJ, Truc, L, Valsecchi, V, and Quick, LJ. 2012. Rock hyrax middens: A palaeoenvironmental archive for southern African drylands: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 56, no. 0, p. 107-125.

Dewar, G, Reimer, PJ, Sealy, JC, and Woodborne, S. 2012. Late-Holocene marine radiocarbon reservoir correction (ΔR) for the west coast of South Africa: The Holocene.

Keaveney, EM, and Reimer, PJ. 2012. Understanding the variability in freshwater radiocarbon reservoir offsets: a cautionary tale: Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 39, no. 5, p. 1306-1316.

Reimer, PJ. 2012. Refining the Radiocarbon Time Scale: Science, v. 338, no. 6105, p. 337-338.

Scourse, JD, Wanamaker, AD, Weidman, C, Heinemeier, J, Reimer, PJ, Butler, PG, Witbaard, R, and Richardson, CA. 2012. The marine radiocarbon bomb pulse across the temperate North Atlantic: a compilation of delta C-14 time histories from Arctica islandica growth increments: Radiocarbon, v. 54, no. 2, p. 165-186.

Webster, JM, Beaman, RJ, Puga-Bernabeu, A, Ludman, D, Renema, W, Wust, RAJ, George, NPJ, Reimer, PJ, Jacobsen, GE, and Moss, P. 2012. Late Pleistocene history of turbidite sedimentation in a submarine canyon off the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, v. 331, p. 75-89.

Wohlfarth, B, Klubseang, W, Inthongkaew, S, Fritz, SC, Blaauw, M, Reimer, PJ, Chabangborn, A, Lowemark, L, and Chawchai, S. 2012. Holocene environmental changes in northeast Thailand as reconstructed from a tropical wetland: Global and Planetary Change, v. 92-93, p. 148-161.

Chase, B, Quick, LJ, Meadows, ME, Scott, L, Thomas, DSG, and Reimer, PJ. 2011. Late glacial interhemispheric climate dynamics revealed in South African hyrax middens Geology 39, 19-22.

Rodgers, KB, Mikaloff-Fletcher, SE, Bianchi, D, Beaulieu, C, Galbraith, ED, Gnanadesikan, A, Hogg, AG, Iudicone, D, Lintner, BR, Naegler, T, Reimer, PJ, Sarmiento, JL, Slater, RD 2011. Interhemispheric gradient of atmospheric radiocarbon reveals natural variability of Southern Ocean winds, Climate of the Past 7, 1123-1138.

Pini, R, Ravazzi, C, and Reimer, PJ. 2010. The vegetation and climate history of the last glacial cycle in a new pollen record from Lake Fimon (southern Alpine foreland, N-Italy): Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 29, no. 23-24, p. 3115-3137.

Watson, JE, Brooks, SJ, Whitehouse, NJ, Reimer, PJ, Birks, HJB, and Turney, C. 2010. Chironomid-inferred late-glacial summer air temperatures from Lough Nadourcan, Co. Donegal, Ireland: Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 25, no. 8, p. 1200-1210.

Reimer, PJ, et al. 2009. IntCal09 and Marine09 radiocarbon age calibration curves, 0 - 50,000 years cal BP. Radiocarbon 51(4).

Beilman, DW, MacDonald, GM, Smith, LC & Reimer, PJ 2009. Carbon accumulation in peatlands of West Siberia over the last 2000 years. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 23, GB1012.

Hogg, A., Palmer, J., Boswijk, G., Reimer, P., Brown, D. 2009. Investigating the interhemispheric C-14 offset in the 1st millennium AD and assessment of laboratory bias and calibration errors, Radiocarbon 51, 1177-1186.

Additional Publications

External Grant Funding:

2014-2016 The Leverhulme Trust, ‘Freshwater reservoir effect on re-dating of Eurasian Steppe cultures’

2013-2016 The Leverhulme Trust, ‘Stories of subsistence: People and Coast over the last 6000 years in the Limfjord, Denmark’

Additional Information:

Lyell Medal, Geological Society 2013

Elected as Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2014

Chair of the IntCal Working Group

Radiocarbon calibration programs CALIB and CALIBomb and the marine radiocarbon calibration database at