Professor Martyn Paul Waller


I joined Kingston University as a Lecturer in Biogeography in 1990 and taught undergraduates and postgraduates in various Ecology and Conservation modules until my retirement as Professor in 2017. My primary research interests are in the fields of Long-term Ecology, Archaeobotany and Quaternary Science. In particular I have published extensively on various aspects of the Holocene vegetation history of southern England and West Africa and have also worked on Holocene coastal change in the former region (notably in the East Anglian Fenland and the Romney Marsh area).These investigations have been pursued through grants from, amongst others, NERC, The Leverhulme Trust and English Heritage. Since retirement I have continued publishing in these areas collaborating with researchers at Kingston University (e.g. Dr Kerry Brown) and other institutions.  

Academic responsibilities

Emeritus Professor in Biogeography


  • PhD
  • BTech (Hons)
  • FHEA

Teaching and learning

Formerly Ecology and Biodiversity modules.


Holocene vegetation history: British Isles.  

Holocene vegetation history: West Africa. 

Holocene coastal/sea-level change. Recent publications include: 

Waller, M.P. and Kirby, J. R. 2021. Coastal peat-beds and peatlands of the southern North Sea: their past, present and future. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. 96, 2, 408-432. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12662

See the Kingston Research Repository or ResearchGate for a list of publications

Qualifications and expertise

  • Pollen analysis
  • Plant macrofossil analysis
  • Vegetation analysis

Areas of specialism

  • Holocene vegetation history
  • Holocene coastal change

Scholarly affiliations

  • British Ecological Society
  • Quaternary Research Association
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles