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Dr Vasile Ersek

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography Postgraduate Research Programme Leader

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Vasile Ersek joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in 2013.

Vasile -Ersek ,-Northumbria -University -webVasile Ersek is a palaeoclimatologist and geochemist with expertise in past climate changes and human-environment interactions.

I am palaeoclimatologist and geochemist with expertise in past climate changes and human-environment interactions. My research is spanning cave and karst science, atmospheric processes, paleoclimatology/palaeoceanography, and peat geochemistry. My current research focuses on using geochemical methods in speleothems, water, and peat deposits to understand past changes in climate and environment.

Prior to joining Northumbria I was a Marie Curie fellow and postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University.

Campus Address

Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 3344


  • PhD, Geology/Oceanography, Oregon State University
  • MSc, Geoscience, Mississippi State University
  • BSc (Hons), Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Speleothem geochemistry

Stable isotopes in the water cycle

Pollution reconstructions from peat deposits


Current/Recent Projects

Climatic, environmental and tectonic influences on prehistoric human development in Iran (co-I, Leverhulme Trust, 2014-2017).

Millennial-scale geochemical records of anthropogenic impact and natural climate change in the Romanian Carpathians (co-I, ANCS, 2013-2016).

Natural and cultural factors of Neolithic expansion in SE Europe (co-I, ANCS, 2014-2017)

Key Publications

Longman J., Veres D., Finsinger,W., Ersek, V., 2018: Exceptionally high levels of lead pollution in the Balkans from the Early Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Longman J., Veres, D., Ersek V., Salzmann U., et al., 2017. Periodic input of dust over the Eastern Carpathians during theHolocene linked with Saharan desertification and human impact. Climate of the Past.

Dragusin V., Staubwasser M., Hoffmann D. L., Ersek V., Onac B. P. & Veres D. 2014. Constraining Holocenehydrological changes in the Carpathian–Balkan region using speleothem δ18Oand pollen-based temperature reconstructions. Climate of the Past.

McGregor H. V., Evans M. N., Goosse H., Leduc G., Martrat B., Addison J. A., . . . Ersek V. 2015. Robust global ocean coolingtrend for the pre-industrial Common Era. Nature Geoscience.

Ersek V., Clark P. U., Mix A. C., Cheng H. & Lawrence Edwards R. 2012. Holocenewinter climate variability in mid-latitude western North America. Nature Communications.

Ersek V., Hostetler S. W., Cheng H., Clark P. U., Anslow F. S., Mix A. C. & Edwards R. L. 2009. Environmentalinfluences on speleothem growth in southwestern Oregon during the last 380,000years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

A full research profile can be found here.

My Google Scholar page can be found here.

PGR Supervision

Jack Longman

Annabel Wolf

Professional Activity

Postgraduate Research Programme Leader, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Editorial board member, Open Quaternary 


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