Emma Rice

Emma is currently undertaking a NERC-funded PhD at Plymouth University, supervised by Dr Tim Daley. Her PhD, entitled ‘Testing the late Holocene climate signal from ombrotrophic bogs in southernmost Chile’, aims to address the current debate around the allogenic (climate) and autogenic (ecohydrological feedbacks) drivers of change in peatland ecosytems. Using a multi-proxy (plant macrofossils, testate amoebae, stable isotopes), multi-site approach, Emma will assess hydrological changes between multiple profiles for intra-site synchronicity. Evidence for synchronous hydrological change across proxies, profiles and sites would support the existence of climatic forcing, thus validating the use of regional peatland archives in reconstructing climatic variability over the past millennium.