Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Kayleigh Letherbarrow

Department / group: School of Geography & Sustainable Development
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Research interests:

I am interested in using palaeo data to understand past landscapes and ecosystem processes. Specifically, my PhD researches the ‘mid-Holocene pine-decline’ to understand Scots pine growth and then widespread loss during the Holocene across Scotland. This aims to establish which regions were more resilient or vulnerable to decline, and therefore contribute to understanding the future of woodland dynamics in a changing climate.

Career history:

Prior to my current PhD studies, I completed an MRes in Applied Ecology and Conservation (2019-2021), at the University of Liverpool; researching the dendroecology of scattered trees in agricultural landscapes. Before this, I completed a BSc in Geography at the University of Liverpool (2016-2019); which culminated in a focus on ecology and biogeography, and a dissertation researching woodland soils in Scotland and England.

Active research projects:

‘Using palaeo-data to inform Scots pine woodland management for climate change resilience’

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