Kimberley Davies

Dr Kimberley Davies

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Cultural Ecology
  • Christchurch House C106, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a post-doc researcher who specialises in understanding past environments and human interactions using proxies such as insects and geochemical markers. Recent work has focused understanding prehistoric societies and their impacts in, and movements through dynamic wetland systems to highlight sustainable and resilient practices


Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction Palaeoentomology Stable isotopes

Long-term human environment interactions Human impact in wetland environments

Journal Articles

  • Brown, A.G., Davies, K. et al., 2022. New integrated molecular approaches for investigating lake settlements in north-western Europe. Antiquity, 96 (389), 1179-1199.
  • Silva, F. et al., 2022. Developing Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability Challenges: The Need to Model Socio-Environmental Systems in the Longue Durée. Sustainability (Switzerland), 14 (16).
  • Mackay, H., Davies, K.L. et al., 2022. The 852/3 CE Mount Churchill eruption: Examining the potential climatic and societal impacts and the timing of the Medieval Climate Anomaly in the North Atlantic region. Climate of the Past, 18 (6), 1475-1508.
  • Brown, A.G., Davies, K. et al., 2021. Ancient DNA, lipid biomarkers and palaeoecological evidence reveals construction and life on early medieval lake settlements. Scientific Reports, 11 (1).
  • Newton, A.C. et al., 2021. Operationalising the concept of ecosystem collapse for conservation practice. Biological Conservation, 264.
  • Mayfield, R.J., Langdon, P.G., Doncaster, C.P., Dearing, J.A., Wang, R., Velle, G., Davies, K.L. and Brooks, S.J., 2021. Late Quaternary chironomid community structure shaped by rate and magnitude of climate change. Journal of Quaternary Science, 36 (3), 360-376.
  • Mackay, H. et al., 2020. Characterising life in settlements and structures: Incorporating faecal lipid biomarkers within a multiproxy case study of a wetland village. Journal of Archaeological Science, 121.
  • van Hardenbroek, M., Davies, K.L. et al., 2018. The stable isotope composition of organic and inorganic fossils in lake sediment records: Current understanding, challenges, and future directions. Quaternary Science Reviews, 196, 154-176.
  • Crone, A., Davies, K. et al., 2018. Nasty, Brutish and Short?; The Life Cycle of an Iron Age Roundhouse at Black Loch of Myrton, SW Scotland. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 18 (2), 138-162.
  • Wooller, M.J., Davies, K. et al., 2018. A new terrestrial palaeoenvironmental record from the Bering Land Bridge and context for human dispersal. Royal Society Open Science, 5 (6).
  • Davies, K.L., Pancost, R.D., Edwards, M.E., Walter Anthony, K.M., Langdon, P.G. and Torres, L.C., 2016. Diploptene δ13C values from contemporary thermokarst lake sediments show complex spatial variation. Biogeosciences, 13 (8), 2611-2621.
  • Brooks, S.J., Davies, K.L., Mather, K.A., Matthews, I.P. and Lowe, J.J., 2016. Chironomid-inferred summer temperatures for the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition from a lake sediment sequence in Muir Park Reservoir, west-central Scotland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31 (3), 214-224.


  • Davies, K., 2015. Biogeochemical interactions in thermokarst lakes : investigations into methane processes and lake biota. PhD Thesis. University of Southampton, Geogaphy & Environment.


  • Past methane from lakes in Alaska: integrating proxy records and models (NERC, 01 Jan 2021). In Progress
  • Investigating climate change and the past mobility of animals in ancient Eastern Beringia using advanced isotope techniques (Royal Society, 01 Dec 2020). Awarded
  • Climate, moisture, vegetation and humans in the Sayan Mountains: an environmental history from the last glacial to the present (Royal Society, 01 Dec 2020). Awarded

Internal Responsibilities

  • Rep for Faculty of Science & Technology, Research Staff Association Committee

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