Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr. Anthony Newton

Department / group: School of Geosciences, Geography and the Lived Environment / Environment and Society
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Research interests:

Anthony’s research is centred around development and application of tephrochronology and online resources. This includes understanding human impact and interaction with the environment since Icelandic settlement 1200 years ago. Other projects include establishing the relative sea-level history of north-west Iceland and ocean-transported pumice deposits found around the North Atlantic region. Mexican research involves using tephra layers to provide chronological control for late Quaternary deposits. Online activities include the development of resources for the international NABO and GHEA organisations, as well as the RSGS.

Career history:

Present: Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

Ocean-transported pumice in the North Atlantic

Active research projects:


-Tephrochronological studies in Iceland and Scotland.

-The impact of human settlement in Iceland and subsequent landscape change.

-The study of ocean-rafted pumice in the North Atlantic.

-Holocene jökulhaup flood routes around Katla.

-Sea-level change in north-west Iceland


-The establishment of tephrochronologies for central Mexico (Leverhulme Trust, AHRC and Carnegie -Trust for the Universities of Scotland funded research).

-The Pristine Myth Revisited: pre- and post-Hispanic landscape change in Michoacan, Mexico (AHRB funded project)

-The impact of tephra layers on lake systems in central Mexico (Leverhulme Trust funded project).

Recent publications:

Brader, M.D., Lloyd, J.M., Bentley, M.J. and Newton, A.J., 2015. Lateglacial to Holocene relative sea‐level changes in the Stykkishólmur area, northern Snæfellsnes, Iceland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 30(5), pp.497-507.

Vésteinsson, O., Church, M.J., Dugmore, A.J., McGovern, T.H. and Newton, A.J., 2014. Expensive errors or rational choices: the pioneer fringe in Late Viking Age Iceland. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 4, pp.39-68.

Swindles, G.T., Galloway, J., Outram, Z., Turner, K., Schofield, J.E., Newton, A.J., Dugmore, A.J., Church, M.J., Watson, E.J., Batt, C. and Bond, J., 2013. Re-deposited cryptotephra layers in Holocene peats linked to anthropogenic activity. The Holocene, p.0959683613489586.

Dugmore, A.J., Newton, A.J., Smith, K.T. and MAIRS, K.A., 2013. Tephrochronology and the late Holocene volcanic and flood history of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28(3), pp.237-247.

Sigurgeirsson, M.Á., Hauptfleisch, U., Newton, A. and Einarsson, Á., 2013. Dating of the Viking Age Landnám Tephra Sequence in Lake Mývatn Sediment, North Iceland. Journal of the North Atlantic, (21), pp.1-11.

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