Pollen Taphonomy

Peat bogs are critical archives of ecosystems and global climate during the Holocene, but the quality of key components of the palaeoenvironmental record – i.e. fossil pollen and testate amoebae – is uncertain. We are using innovative laboratory experiments with rigorous fossil analysis to elucidate the impact of hydrological changes on the peat fossil record. This will inform national and EU policy on the conservation and restoration of peat bogs as habitats.