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Dr Vasile Ersek

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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


  • Geology PhD September 01 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Precise timing of abrupt increase in dust activity in the Middle East coincident with 4.2 ka social change, Carolin, S., Walker, R., Day, C., Ersek, V., Sloan, R., Dee, M., Talebian, M., Henderson, G. 2 Jan 2019, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • The SISAL database, Atsawawaranunt, K., Comas-bru, L., Amirnezhad Mozhdehi, S., Deininger, M., Harrison, S., Baker, A., Boyd, M., Kaushal, N., Ahmad, S., Ait Brahim, Y., Arienzo, M., Bajo, P., Braun, K., Burstyn, Y., Chawchai, S., Duan, W., Hatvani, I., Hu, J., Kern, Z., Labuhn, I., Lachniet, M., Lechleitner, F., Lorrey, A., Pérez-mejías, C., Pickering, R., Scroxton, N., Ersek, V. 14 Sep 2018, In: Earth System Science Data
  • The impact of climate change on the transition of Neanderthals to modern humans in Europe, Staubwasser, M., Dragusin, V., Onac, B., Assonov, S., Ersek, V., Hoffmann, D., Veres, D. 11 Sep 2018, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Kinetic processes and stable isotopes in cave dripwaters as indicators of winter severity, Ersek, V., Onac, B., Persoiu, A. 30 Aug 2018, In: Hydrological Processes
  • Exceptionally high levels of lead pollution in the Balkans from the Early Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution, Longman, J., Veres, D., Finsinger, W., Ersek, V. 19 Jun 2018, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Quantitative assessment of Pb sources in isotopic mixtures using a Bayesian mixing model, Longman, J., Veres, D., Ersek, V., Phillips, D., Chauvel, C., Tamas, C. 18 Apr 2018, In: Scientific Reports
  • Caves as observatories for atmospheric thermal tides, Dragusin, V., Tîrlă, L., Cadicheanu, N., Ersek, V., Mirea, I. 13 Feb 2018, In: International Journal of Speleology
  • Controls on dripwater chemistry of Oregon Caves National Monument, northwestern United States, Rushdi, A., Ersek, V., Mix, A., Clark, P. Feb 2018, In: Journal of Hydrology
  • Periodic input of dust over the Eastern Carpathians during the Holocene linked with Saharan desertification and human impact, Longman, J., Veres, D., Ersek, V., Salzmann, U., Hubay, K., Bormann, M., Wennrich, V., Schäbitz, F. 18 Jul 2017, In: Climate of the Past
  • A global multiproxy database for temperature reconstructions of the Common Era, Emile-Geay, J., McKay, N., Kaufman, D., von Gunten, L., Wang, J., Anchukaitis, K., Abram, N., Addison, J., Curran, M., Evans, M., Henley, B., Hao, Z., Martrat, B., McGregor, H., Neukom, R., Pederson, G., Stenni, B., Thirumalai, K., Werner, J., Xu, C., Divine, D., Dixon, B., Gergis, J., Mundo, I., Nakatsuka, T., Phipps, S., Routson, C., Steig, E., Tierney, J., Tyler, J., Allen, K., Bertler, N., Björklund, J., Chase, B., Chen, M., Cook, E., de Jong, R., DeLong, K., Dixon, D., Ekaykin, A., Ersek, V., Filipsson, H., Francus, P., Freund, M., Frezzotti, M., Gaire, N., Gajewski, K., Ge, Q., Goosse, H., Gornostaeva, A., Grosjean, M., Horiuchi, K., Hormes, A., Husum, K., Isaksson, E., Kandasamy, S., Kawamura, K., Kilbourne, K., Koc, N., Leduc, G., Linderholm, H., Lorrey, A., Mikhalenko, V., Mortyn, G., Motoyama, H., Moy, A., Mulvaney, R., Munz, P., Nash, D., Oerter, H., Opel, T., Orsi, A., Ovchinnikov, D., Porter, T., Roop, H., Saenger, C., Sano, M., Sauchyn, D., Saunders, K., Seidenkrantz, M., Severi, M., Shao, X., Sicre, M., Sigl, M., Sinclair, K., St. George, S., St. Jacques, J., Thamban, M., Thapa, U., Thomas, E., Turney, C., Uemura, R., Viau, A., Vladimirova, D., Wahl, E., White, J., Yu, Z., Zinke, J. 11 Jul 2017, In: Scientific data


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