I have recently moved from Maynooth University, Ireland where I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography and History. I have recently just finished my MSc in Climate Change at Maynooth.
Currently, my main interests are involved in paleo studies. For my MSc thesis, I looked at paleo environmental change in the Comeragh Mountains, Ireland. For that project, I looked at fossilised pollen and microscopic fungi to determine the local vegetation change in numerous sites. My current research examines the long-term impacts humans have had on their environment in Belize. Like my last project, I am interested in looking at fossilised pollen records and charcoal evidence. This may show extensive, and perhaps destructive, land use change from the Early Mayan civilisation to post-colonial landscape change. From these records, I can infer if the Mayan people controlled what they grew in their environment and perhaps influenced the dominant flora that grows there today.
Dr Bronwen Whitney