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Dr Matthew Pound

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Dr Matthew Pound is Research Fellow in Physical Geography at Northumbria University and retains membership of a number of reputable organisations.

2013 - Research Fellow in Physical Geography, Northumbria University
2012 - 2013 Research Assistant in Physical Geography, Northumbria University
2008 - 2012 PhD "Middle to Late Miocene terrestrial biota and climate", University of Leeds/ British Geological Survey
2004 - 2008 MSci Geology (Hons), University of Bristol

I am a member of:
Fellow of the Geological Society, London
AASP - The Palynology Society
The Micropalaeontological Society
Young Earth Scientists Network

0191 227 4410


PhD, MSci (Hons)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research aims to understand the coevolution of life and climate, with a view to how future anthropogenic climate change may impact the biosphere. I work at many geographic levels. From individual sites, where I study the geology and palynology to reconstruct palaeoenvironments. Up to global scale reconstructions using large databases, multi-dimensional statistics and numerical climate models.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Collaborative links with:
University of Leeds
United States Geological Survey PRISM project
British Geological Survey
University of Milan

Current/Recent Projects

I am currently working on three research projects:

Late Pliocene soils and lakes: A global data set for the analysis of climate feedbacks in a warmer world" (Researcher, funded by the NERC)

The southern high latitude vegetation response to rapid climate change at the Cenozoic greenhouse to icehouse transition" (Researcher, funded by the NERC)

Shedding light on the "Dark Age" of the UK Miocene: palaeoenvironment and depositional history of the Brassington Formation, Derbyshire" (PI, funded by the Geological Society of London)

Key Publications

Pound, M.J., Tindall, J., Pickering, S.J., Haywood, A.M., Dowsett, H.J., Salzmann, U., 2013. Late Pliocene lakes and soils: a data - model comparison for the analysis of climate feedbacks in a warmer world. Climate of the Past Discussions 9, 3175-3207.

Salzmann, U., Dolan, A.M., Haywood, A.M., Chan, W.-L., Voss, J., Hill, D.J., Abe-Ouchi, A., Otto-Bliesner, B., Bragg, F.J., Chandler, M.A., Contoux, C., Dowsett, H.J., Jost, A., Kamae, Y., Lohmann, G., Lunt, D.J., Pickering, S.J., Pound, M.J., Ramstein, G., Rosenbloom, N.A., Sohl, L., Stepanek, C., Ueda, H., Zhang, Z., 2013. Challenges in quantifying Pliocene terrestrial warming revealed by data-model discord. Nature Climate Change 3, 969-974.

Pound, M.J., Haywood, A.M., Salzmann, U., Riding, J.B. 2012. Global vegetation dynamics and latitudinal temperature gradients during the mid to Late Miocene (15.97 - 5.33 Ma). Earth Science Reviews 112, 1-22.

Pound, M.J., Riding, J.B., Donders, T.H., Daskova, J. 2012 The palynostratigraphy of the Brassington Formation (Upper Miocene) of the southern Pennines, central England. Palynology 36, 26-37.

Haywood, A.M., Ridgwell, A., Lunt, D.J., Hill, D.J., Pound, M.J., Dowsett, H.J., Dolan, A.M., Francis, J.E. and Williams, M. 2011. Are there Pre-Quaternary geological analogues for a future greenhouse warming? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 369, 933-956.

Pound, M.J., Haywood, A.M., Salzmann, U., Riding, J.B., Lunt, D.J. and Hunter, S.J. 2011. A Tortonian (Late Miocene 11.61-7.25Ma) global vegetation reconstruction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 300, 29-45.

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