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Dr Lourdes López-Merino

Lecturer in Physical Geography


I am a palaeoecologist with experience in environmental archives from three continents (Europe, Asia and Oceania). My career deals with understanding long-term human-climate-environment interactions. To this end, I perform multiproxy-based reconstructions of Quaternary environmental change. Thanks to the long-term environmental records, I detect patterns and processes of environmental change, as well as the impact that climate and anthropogenic stressors have on the structure and functioning of environmental systems. 

I have secured research funding throughout all stages of my career. First, I obtained a collaboration scholarship at the UAM Dept. Ecology (2003-2004). After that, I awarded an I3P PhD scholarship by the ESF-CSIC at the CCHS-CSIC (2005-2009). After my PhD, I won a fellowship by the Spanish Government and moved to the Brunel University London (2010-2012). Since then, I obtained a MINT fellowship (2013), a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship (2014-2016), an AHRC interdisciplinary grant (2016-2017), and a Researcher Visibility Award (2016-2017). 

Areas of specialism

  • palaeoecology
  • palaeoenvironment
  • proxy analysis
  • peatland
  • lake
  • seagrass
  • environmental change
  • anthropogenic impact


  • 2009: PhD in Ecology and Environment (palaeoecology) - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • 2006: MSc in Ecology and Environment - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • 2004: BSc in Biology - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


I have cultivated many research interests, always with the aim of better-understanding long-term human-climate-environment interactions. Most of my contributions can be arranged on four topics.

1)      Detecting long-term terrestrial responses to environmental stressors

2)      Palaeohydrology of large lakes located at climate-sensitive areas

3)      Conservation palaeoecology of seagrass meadows

4)      Interdisciplinary study on humans and the environment

You will find my complete list of publications in my Google Scholar profile:

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