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John Birks: Pioneer in quantitative palaeoecology

John Birks: Pioneer in quantitative palaeoecology
John Birks: Pioneer in quantitative palaeoecology
We describe the career of John Birks as a pioneering scientist who has, over a career spanning five decades, transformed palaeoecology from a largely descriptive to a rigorous quantitative science relevant to contemporary questions in ecology and environmental change. We review his influence on students and colleagues not only at Cambridge and Bergen Universities, his places of primary employment, but also on individuals and research groups in Europe and North America. We also introduce the collection of papers that we have assembled in his honour. The papers are written by his former students and close colleagues and span many of the areas of palaeoecology to which John himself has made major contributions. These include the relationship between ecology and palaeoecology, late-glacial and Holocene palaeoecology, ecological succession, climate change and vegetation history, the role of palaeoecological techniques in reconstructing and understanding the impact of human activity on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and numerical analysis of multivariate palaeoecological data.
climate change, ecosystem history holocene, late-glacial, numerical data analysis, palaeoecology, palaeolimnology
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Batarbee, R.H., Lamb, H.F., Bennett, K.D., Edwards, M.E., Bjune, A.E., Kaland, P.E., Berglund, B.E., Lotter, A.F., Seppä, H., Willis, K.J., Herzschuh, U. and Birks, H.H. (2015) John Birks: Pioneer in quantitative palaeoecology. [in special issue: At the Frontiers of Palaeoecology: a Special Issue in Honour of H. John B. Birks] The Holocene, 25 (1), 3-16.

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Abstract

We describe the career of John Birks as a pioneering scientist who has, over a career spanning five decades, transformed palaeoecology from a largely descriptive to a rigorous quantitative science relevant to contemporary questions in ecology and environmental change. We review his influence on students and colleagues not only at Cambridge and Bergen Universities, his places of primary employment, but also on individuals and research groups in Europe and North America. We also introduce the collection of papers that we have assembled in his honour. The papers are written by his former students and close colleagues and span many of the areas of palaeoecology to which John himself has made major contributions. These include the relationship between ecology and palaeoecology, late-glacial and Holocene palaeoecology, ecological succession, climate change and vegetation history, the role of palaeoecological techniques in reconstructing and understanding the impact of human activity on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and numerical analysis of multivariate palaeoecological data.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 September 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 December 2014
Published date: January 2015
Keywords: climate change, ecosystem history holocene, late-glacial, numerical data analysis, palaeoecology, palaeolimnology
Organisations: Palaeoenvironment Laboratory (PLUS)

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Local EPrints ID: 377210
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377210
ISSN: 0959-6836
PURE UUID: 8ef4193b-cf75-452e-9a64-0c6def7d167c
ORCID for M.E. Edwards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3490-6682

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Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:48

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