Fieldwork in the Congo

Greta Dargie, Ian Lawson and Simon Lewis spent several weeks in the Republic of Congo searching for peatlands. Greta’s PhD research, in collaboration with WCS Congo, aims to make the first systematic study of peatlands in the Congo Basin, developing the same kinds of themes that our group has been working on in Peru. Recent … Read more

Visits to Kew and Edinburgh

Katy Roucoux and Ian Lawson visited the pollen labs at Kew and Edinburgh in a quest for reference material to help pin down some of the pollen identifications from core QT-2010-1. The team has already compiled a substantial electronic database of pollen morphotypes and the LTFD reference collection is growing. Katy and Ian also discussed … Read more

SEM images of microfossils from Quistococha

Katy, Tom and Ian spent the morning working with an environmental SEM to produce images of fossil material from Quistococha, and some modern fern spores. The aim is to refine the pollen taxonomy by comparing SEM images of the fossil material with modern reference material.

Freddie Draper joins the team

Freddie has joined us at Leeds to study for a PhD, having just completed a BSc (Hons) in Ecology at Aberdeen. He co-organised an expedition to work on Peruvian forests as part of his BSc. Freddie will be working under the supervision of Katy Roucoux, Tim Baker and Ian Lawson on the past and present … Read more

Peru Fieldwork Round Two

This summer saw the completion of our second round of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon. Tom Kelly, Ian Lawson and Katy Roucoux spent three weeks in Loreto, continuing their work on the peat swamp at Quistococha and surveying the wetlands around Jenaro Herrera on the Rio Ucuyali. The majority of this work will form part … Read more

NERC CASE award

Ian Lawson, as co-I with Simon Lewis (PI), Sue Page (co-I) and Andy Baird (co-I), has been awarded a NERC CASE doctoral training grant that will pioneer peatland research in the Cuvette Centrale of the Congo Basin. The CASE partner is WCS Congo, represented by Paul Telfer. Quantifying tropical peatland area and carbon storage in Central … Read more

Visit to the OU

Katy Roucoux, Tim Jones and Ian Lawson visited our project partner Dr Will Gosling at the Open University to discuss the interpretation of our initial pollen data from Quistococha, and to discuss approaches to tropical pollen taxonomy.

Royal Society research grant awarded

Graeme Swindles and Katy Roucoux have been awarded a research grant from the Royal Society. This is the first major grant to be leveraged from the initial NERC project. It will enable Graeme to join the team in Peru in July 2011 where he will be looking at testate amoebae.