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Alistair Seddon

Associate Professor

(Palaeo)-ecologist, studying ecological responses to environmental change across a range of timescales.

Follow me on Twitter (@alistairseddon), and check out the following recent research.

  • 10/2016: A new paper on priority questions for bark beetle research, led by Jesse Morris (University of Utah) is out now!
  • 06/2016: We have a new PhD position in the PollChem project. Deadline 03/07/2016. Click here for more details.
  • 03/2016: Some new Masters projects at EECRG are now available. Visit this webpage to find out more.
  • 02/2016: Check out our new paper published on a new metric to measure ecosystem sensitivity to climate variability in Nature!
  • 01/2016: This new paper discusses trends in biodiversity over the Holocene. 
  • 08/2015: The PARASOL project is using fossil pollen to reconstruct past changes in high-energy (UV-B) solar radiation from sediment records. I gave a poster on some preliminary results from the project at INQUA2015.
  • 11/2015: We found a new species, belonging to a new genus, of diatom, in a sediment core from the Galapagos Islands.
  • 11/2014: This recent paper used some statistical techniques to analyse regime shifts from the same Galapagos sediment core.
  • 01/2014: The Palaeo50 paper identifies 50 priority research questions for palaeoecology.

Lecturer in BIO250: Palaeoecology

Lecturer in BIO301: Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution

Lecturer in BIO347: Global Change Ecology

Journal articles
  • Mackay, Anson W.; Seddon, Alistair; Leng, Melanie J.; Heumann, Georg; Morley, David; Piotrowska, Natalia; Rioual, Patrick; Roberts, Sarah; Swann, George. 2017. Holocene carbon dynamics at the forest–steppe ecotone of southern Siberia. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13583
  • Morris, Jesse L.; Cottrell, Stuart P.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Hansen, Winslow D.; Sherriff, Rosemary L.; Carter, Vachel A.; Clear, Jennifer L.; Clement, Jessica; DeRose, R. Justin; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Higuera, Philip E.; Mattor, Katherine M.; Seddon, Alistair; Seppä, Heikki; Stednick, John D.; Seybold, Steven J. 2017. Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society: priority questions to motivate future research. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12782
  • Birks, Harry John Betteley; Felde, Vivian Astrup; Seddon, Alistair. 2016. Biodiversity trends within the Holocene. The Holocene. 26: 994-1001. doi: 10.1177/0959683615622568
  • Seddon, Alistair; Macias-Fauria, Marc; Long, Peter R; Benz, David; Willis, Katherine Jane. 2016. Sensitivity of global terrestrial ecosystems to climate variability. Nature. 531: 229-232. doi: 10.1038/nature16986
  • Lange-Bertalot, Horst; Witkowski, Andrzej; Kulikovskiy, Maxim S.; Seddon, Alistair; Kociolek, John P. 2015. Taxonomy, frustular morphology and systematics of Platichthys, a new genus of canal raphe bearing diatoms within the Entomoneidaceae. Phytotaxa. 236: 135-149. doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.236.2.3
  • Seddon, Alistair; Macias-Fauria, Marc; Willis, Katherine Jane. 2015. Climate and abrupt vegetation change in Northern Europe since the last deglaciation. The Holocene. 25: 25-36. doi: 10.1177/0959683614556383
  • Willis, Katherine Jane; Seddon, Alistair; Long, Peter R.; Jeffers, Elizabeth S.; Caithness, Neil; Thurston, Milo; Smit, Mathjis; Hagemann, Randi; Macias-Fauria, Marc. 2015. Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: How representative of reality? Ecological Applications. 25: 1290-1302. doi: 10.1890/14-1431.1.sm
  • Mace, Georgina M.; Reyers, Belinda; Alkemade, Rob; Biggs, Reinette; Chapin, F. Stuart; Cornell, Sarah E.; Díaz, Sandra; Jennings, Simon; Leadley, Paul; Mumby, Peter J.; Purvis, Andy; Scholes, Robert J.; Seddon, Alistair; Solan, Martin; Steffen, W.; Woodward, Guy. 2014. Approaches to defining a planetary boundary for biodiversity. Global Environmental Change. 28: 289-297. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.07.009
  • Macias-Fauria, Marc; Seddon, Alistair; Benz, David; Long, Peter R.; Willis, Katherine Jane. 2014. Correspondence: Spatiotemporal patterns of warming. Nature Climate Change. 4: 845-846.
  • Seddon, Alistair; Froyd, Cynthia A.; Witkowski, Andrzej; Willis, Katherine Jane. 2014. A quantitative framework for analysis of regime shifts in a Galápagos coastal lagoon. Ecology. 95: 3046-3055. doi: 10.1890/13-1974.1
  • Seddon, Alistair; Mackay, Anson W.; Baker, Ambroise G.; Birks, Harry John Betteley; Breman, Elinor; Buck, C.E.; Ellis, Erle C.; Froyd, Cynthia A.; Gill, Jacquelyn L.; Gillson, Lindsey; Johnson, Edward A.; Jones, Vivienne J.; Juggins, Stephen; Macias-Fauria, Marc; Mills, Keely; Morris, Jesse L.; Nogués-Bravo, David; Punyasena, Surangi W.; Roland, Thomas P.; Tanentzap, Andrew; Willis, Katherine Jane; Aberhan, Martin; van Asperen, Eline N.; Austin, William E.N.; Battarbee, Richard W.; Bhagwat, Shonil; Belanger, Christina L.; Bennett, Keith D.; Birks, Hilary H; Ramsey, Christopher Bronk; Brooks, Stephen J.; de Bruyn, Mark; Butler, Paul G.; Chambers, F. M.; Clarke, Stewart J.; Davies, Althea L.; Dearing, John A.; Ezard, Thomas H.G.; Feurdean, Angelica; Flower, Roger J.; Gell, Peter; Hausmann, Sonja; Hogan, Erika J.; Hopkins, Melanie J.; Jeffers, Elizabeth S.; Korhola, Atte A.; Marchant, Robert; Kiefer, Thorsten; Lamentowicz, Mariusz; Larocque-Tobler, Isabelle; López-Merino, Lourdes; Liow, Lee Hsiang; McGowan, Suzanne; Miller, Joshua H.; Montoya, Encarni; Morton, Oliver; Nogué, Sandra; Onoufriou, Chloe; Boush, Lisa P.; Rodriguez-Sanchez, F; Rose, Neil L.; Sayer, Carl D.; Shaw, Helen E.; Payne, Richard; Simpson, Gavin; Sohar, Kadri; Whitehouse, Nicki J.; Williams, John W.; Witkowski, Andrzej. 2014. Looking forward through the past: identification of 50 priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology. 102: 256-267. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12195
  • Seddon, Alistair; Witkowski, Andrzej; Froyd, Cynthia A.; Kurzydłowski, Krysztof J.; Grzonka, Justyna; Willis, Katherine Jane. 2014. Diatoms from isolated islands II: Pseudostaurosira diablarum, a new species from a mangrove ecosystem in the Galápagos Islands. Diatom Research. 29: 201-211. doi: 10.1080/0269249X.2013.877084
  • Mackay, Anson W.; Seddon, Alistair; Baker, Ambroise G. 2013. Palaeo50: The priority research questions in paleoecology. Pages News. 21: 82-82.
  • Seddon, Alistair; Froyd, Cynthia A.; Leng, Melanie J.; Milne, Glenn A; Willis, Katherine Jane. 2011. Ecosystem Resilience and Threshold Response in the Galápagos Coastal Zone. PLoS ONE. 6. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022376

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Morris, J.L., Carter, V.A., Clear, J., Clement, J., Cottrell, S., DeRose, R.J., Fettig, C.J., Hansen, W.D., Hicke, J.A., Higuera, P.A., Mattor, K.A., Seddon, A.W.R., Seppӓ, H., Seybold, S., Sherriff, R., Stednick, J.D. Bark beetle impacts on social-ecological systems: Priority questions to inspire future research (2016) Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12782

Seddon, A.W.R., Macias Fauria, M., Long, P., Benz, D. and Willis, K.J. (2016). Sensitivity of global terrestrial ecosystems to climate variabilityNature 531: 229-231

Birks, H.J.B.B, Astrup-Felde, V. and Seddon, A.W.R. (2016). Biodiversity trends within the Holocene. The Holocene 1- 8. doi: 10.1177/0959683615622568

Lange-Bertalot, H., Witkowski, A., Kulikovskiy, M., Seddon, A.W.R. and Kociolek, J.P. (2015) Taxonomy, frustular morphology and systematics of Platichthys, a new genus of canal raphe bearing diatoms within the Entomoneidaceae. Phytotaxa 236 (2): 135–149

Willis, K.J., Seddon, A.W.R., Long, P., Jeffers, E., Caithness, N., Thurston, M., Smit, M., Hagemann, R., Macias-Fauria, M. (2015) Remote Assessment of Locally Important Ecological Features across Landscapes: How Representative of Reality? Ecological Applications 25(5): 1290-1302

Seddon, A.W.R., Macias-Fauria, M and Willis, K.J. (2015). Climate and abrupt vegetation change in Northern Europe since the last deglaciation. The Holocene 25(1): 25-36

Seddon, A.W.R., Froyd, C.A., Witkowski, A, and Willis, K.J (2014). A quantitative framework for analysis of regime shifts in a Galapagos coastal lagoon. Ecology 95(11): 3046-3055

Macias Fauria, M., Seddon, A.W.R., Long, P., Benz, D. and Willis, K.J. (2014) Spatiotemporal patterns of warming. Response to Ji et al. 2014. Evolution of land surface air temperature trend. Nature Climate Change 4: 845-846 doi:10.1038/nclimate2372

Mace, G.M., Reyers, B., Alkemade, R., Biggs, R., Chapin III F.S., Cornell, S.E., Díaz, S, Jennings, S., Leadley, P.W., Mumby, P.J., Purvis, A., Scholes, R.J., Seddon, A.W.R., Solan, M., Steffen, W., Woodward, G. (2014) Approaches to defining a planetary boundary for biodiversity. Global Environmental Change 28: 289-297 

Seddon, A.W.R., Witkowski, A, Froyd, C.A., Kurdlowski, K.J., Grzonka, J. and Willis, K.J (2014). Diatoms from isolated islands II: Pseudostaurosira diablarum, a new species from a mangrove ecosystem in the Galápagos IslandsDiatom Research 29: 201-211 doi: 10.1080/0269249X.2013.877084 

Seddon A.W.R, Mackay A.W., Baker A.G., Birks H.J.B., Breman E., Buck C.E., Ellis E.C., Froyd C.A., Gill J.A., Gillson L., Johnson E.A., Jones V.J., Juggins S, Macias-Fauria M., Mills K., Morris J.L., Nogués-Bravo D., Punyasena S.W., Roland T.P., Tanentzap A.J., Willis K.J., Aberhan M., van Asperen E.N., Austin W.E.N., Battarbee R.W., Bhagwat S., Belanger C.L., Bennett K.D., Birks H.H., Bronk Ramsey C., Brooks S.J., de Bruyn M., Butler P.G., Chambers F.M., Clarke S.J., Davies A.L., Dearing J.A., Ezard T.H.G., Feurdean A., Flower R.J., Gell P., Hausmann S., Hogan E.J., Hopkins M.J., Jeffers E.S., Korhola A.A., Marchant R., Kiefer T., Lamentowicz M., Larocque-Tobler I., López-Merino L., Hsiang Liow L., McGowan S., Miller J.H., Montoya E., Morton O., Nogué S., Onoufriou C., Park Boush L., Rodriguez-Sanchez F., Rose N.L., Sayer C.D., Shaw H.E., Payne R., Simpson G., Sohar K., Whitehouse N.J., Williams J.W. & Witkowski A. (2014) Looking forward through the past: Identification of 50 priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology 102: 256-267 doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12195

Mackay, A.W, Seddon, A.W.R., Baker, A.G. (2013) Palaeo50: The Priority Research Questions in Palaeoecology. PAGES News 21(2):89

Seddon, A.W.R. (2012) “Paleoecology.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Seddon, A.W.R, Froyd C.A., Leng M.J., Milne G.A., Willis K.J. (2011) Ecosystem Resilience and Threshold Response in the Galápagos Coastal Zone. PLoS One 6(7): e22376. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022376

Seddon, A.W.R., Froyd, C.A. and Witkowski, A. (2011) Diatoms (Bacillariophyta) of isolated islands: New taxa in the genus Navicula sensu stricto from the Galápagos IslandsJournal of Phycology 47: 861–879. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2011.01026.x