Dr Katy Roucoux

Dr Katy Roucoux

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 4025
Email
khr@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Biography

My BSc is in Geology and Zoology (Royal Holloway University of London, 1995). My PhD research, supervised by Prof Sir Nick Shackleton, was in Quaternary palaeoclimatology and concerned the relationship between marine and terrestrial records of abrupt climatic change in southern Europe during the last glaciation (University of Cambridge, 2000). I completed a MSc degree in Science Communication (Imperial College London, 2001) and spent a further year working as a freelance science writer. In 2002, I began work as a NERC-funded post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Leeds with Prof Chronis Tzedakis, initially working on marine pollen records of the middle Pleistocene from the Iberian margin and then on terrestrial pollen records of the same interval from Lake Ioannina, Greece.  I was appointed as Lecturer in the School of Geography, University of in Leeds in 2007 and, with colleagues there, established a collaborative research project investigating the long-term history of tropical forests, particularly in Amazonia. I moved to my current post as Lecturer in Physical Geography (Environmental Change) in the School of Geography and Sustainability at the University of St Andrews in August 2014 and became a senior lecturer in 2018. I belong to the Environmental Change Research Group and the Peatlands@StAndrews research group.

Research areas

I specialise in long-term ecology and palaeoclimatology. The focus of my research is the use of palaeoecological methods, in particular sub-fossil pollen and sediments, to reconstruct past vegetation responses to climatic change and anthropogenic activity during the Pleistocene and Holocene. I am currently working on the Holocene history of tropical (particularly Amazonian) peatlands where we are investigating questions of carbon dynamics, ecological change, and the effects of human activities on peatland ecosystem function. I am leading a Leverhulme Trust funded research project entitled Valuing Intact Tropical Peatlands: An Interdisciplinary Challenge which is investigating how mestizo and indigenous communities, in the Pastaza-Maranon Foreland Basin in Peruvian Amazonia, use and value their peatlands (see project website). I continue to be involved in work on pollen records spanning multiple glacial-interglacial cycles from the Mediterranean region.  

  • Long-term ecology
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Long term dynamics of tropical forests
  • Quaternary palaeoecology
  • Pollen analysis in ocean, lake and peat records
  • Mediterranean palaeoclimate reconstruction

PhD supervision

  • George Biddulph
  • Anna Macphie
  • Li Wang
  • Camille Choquet

Selected publications

  • Open access

    Amazon tree dominance across forest strata

    Draper, F. C., Costa, F. R. C., Arellano, G., Phillips, O. L., Duque, A., Macía, M. J., ter Steege, H., Asner, G. P., Berenguer, E., Schietti, J., Socolar, J. B., de Souza, F. C., Dexter, K. G., Jørgensen, P. M., Tello, J. S., Magnusson, W. E., Baker, T. R., Castilho, C. V., Monteagudo-Mendoza, A., Fine, P. V. A., Ruokolainen, K., Coronado, E. N. H., Aymard, G., Dávila, N., Sáenz, M. S., Paredes, M. A. R., Engel, J., Fortunel, C., Paine, C. E. T., Goret, J-Y., Dourdain, A., Petronelli, P., Allie, E., Andino, J. E. G., Brienen, R. J. W., Pérez, L. C., Manzatto, Â. G., Zambrana, N. Y. P., Molino, J-F., Sabatier, D., Chave, J., Fauset, S., Villacorta, R. G., Réjou-Méchain, M., Berry, P. E., Melgaço, K., Feldpausch, T. R., Sandoval, E. V., Martinez, R. V., Mesones, I., Junqueira, A. B., Roucoux, K. H., de Toledo, J. J., Andrade, A. C., Camargo, J. L., del Aguila Pasquel, J., Santana, F. D., Laurance, W. F., Laurance, S. G., Lovejoy, T. E., Comiskey, J. A., Galbraith, D. R., Kalamandeen, M., Aguilar, G. E. N., Arenas, J. V., Guerra, C. A. A., Flores, M., Llampazo, G. F., Montenegro, L. A. T., Gomez, R. Z., Pansonato, M. P., Moscoso, V. C., Vleminckx, J., Barrantes, O. J. V., Duivenvoorden, J. F., de Sousa, S. A., Arroyo, L., Perdiz, R. O., Cravo, J. S., Marimon, B. S., Marimon, Junior, B. H., Carvalho, F. A., Damasco, G., Disney, M., Vital, M. S., Diaz, P. R. S., Vicentini, A., Nascimento, H., Higuchi, N., Van Andel, T., Malhi, Y., Ribeiro, S. C., Terborgh, J. W., Thomas, R. S., Dallmeier, F., Prieto, A., Hilário, R. R., Salomão, R. P., da Costa Silva, R., Casas, L. F., Vieira, I. C. G., Araujo-Murakami, A., Arevalo, F. R., Ramírez-Angulo, H., Torre, E. V., Peñuela, M. C., Killeen, T. J., Pardo, G., Jimenez-Rojas, E., Castro, W., Cabrera, D. G., Pipoly, J., de Sousa, T. R., Silvera, M., Vos, V., Neill, D., Vargas, P. N., Vela, D. M., Aragão, L. E. O. C., Umetsu, R. K., Sierra, R., Wang, O., Young, K. R., Prestes, N. C. C. S., Massi, K. G., Huaymacari, J. R., Gutierrez, G. A. P., Aldana, A. M., Alexiades, M. N., Baccaro, F., Céron, C., Muelbert, A. E., Rios, J. M. G., Lima, A. S., Lloyd, J. L., Pitman, N. C. A., Gamarra, L. V., Oroche, C. J. C., Fuentes, A. F., Palacios, W., Patiño, S., Torres-Lezama, A. & Baraloto, C., Jun 2021, In: Nature Ecology and Evolution. 5, 6, p. 757–767

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Intensive field sampling increases the known extent of carbon-rich Amazonian peatland pole forests

    Honorio Coronado, E. N., Hastie, A., Reyna, J., Flores, G., Grández, J., Lähteenoja, O., Draper, F. C., Åkesson, C., Baker, T. R., Bhomia, R. K., Cole, L. E. S., Dávila, N., Del Águila, J., Del Águila, M., Del Castillo Torres, D., Lawson, I. T., Martín Brañas, M., Mitchard, E. T. A., Monteagudo, A., Philips, O. L., Ramírez, E., Ríos, M., Ríos, S., Rodriguez, L., Roucoux, K. H., Tagle Casapia, X., Vasquez, R., Wheeler, C. E. & Montoya, M., 14 Jul 2021, In: Environmental Research Letters. 16, 7, 16 p., 074048.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Late survival of woodland contrasts with rapid limnological changes following settlement at Kalmanstjörn, Mývatnssveit, northeast Iceland

    Hiles, W., Lawson, I. T., Roucoux, K. & Streeter, R. T., 6 May 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Boreas. Early View, 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Persistent millennial-scale climate variability in Southern Europe during Marine Isotope Stage 6

    Wilson, G. P., Frogley, M. R., Hughes, P. D., Roucoux, K. H., Margari, V., Jones, T. D., Leng, M. J. & Tzedakis, P. C., Apr 2021, In: Quaternary Science Advances. 3, 10 p., 100016.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Tropical peatlands and their importance to people and climate

    Cole, L. E. S., Roucoux, K. & MacKenzie, G. R., Nov 2021, In: The Sustainability Series, vol. 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open access

    From plots to policy: how to ensure long-term forest plot data supports environmental management in intact tropical forest landscapes

    Baker, T. R., Vicuña Miñano, E., Banda-R, K., del Castillo Torres, D., Farfan-Rios, W., Lawson, I. T., Loja Alemán, E., Pallqui Camacho, N., Silman, M. R., Roucoux, K. H., Phillips, O. L., Honorio Coronado, E. N., Monteagudo Mendoza, A. & Rojas Gonzáles, R., 7 Oct 2020, In: Plants, People, Planet. Early View, 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Patterns and drivers of development in a west Amazonian peatland during the late Holocene

    Kelly, T., Lawson, I. T., Roucoux, K. H., Baker, T. & Honorio Coronado, E., 15 Feb 2020, In: Quaternary Science Reviews. 230, 106168.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Tropical peatlands and their conservation are important in the context of COVID-19 and potential future (zoonotic) disease pandemics

    Harrison, M. E., Wijedasa, L. S., Cole, L. E. S., Cheyne, S. M., Choiruzzad, S. A. B., Chua, L., Dargie, G. C., Ewango, C. E. N., Honorio Coronado, E. N., Ifo, S. A., Imron, M. A., Kopansky, D., Lestarisa, T., O’Reilly, P. J., Van Offelen, J., Refisch, J., Roucoux, K., Sugardjito, J., Thornton, S. A., Upton, C., Page, S. & Roberts, D. (ed.), 17 Nov 2020, In: PeerJ. 8, 43 p., e10283.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

  • Open access

    Dominant tree species drive beta diversity patterns in western Amazonia

    Draper, F. C., Asner, G. P., Honorio Coronado, E. N., Baker, T. R., García-Villacorta, R., Pitman, N. C. A., Fine, P. V. A., Phillips, O. L., Zárate Gómez, R., Amasifuén Guerra, C. A., Flores Arévalo, M., Vásquez Martínez, R., Brienen, R. J. W., Monteagudo-Mendoza, A., Torres Montenegro, L. A., Valderrama Sandoval, E., Roucoux, K. H., Ramírez Arévalo, F. R., Mesones Acuy, Í., Del Aguila Pasquel, J., Tagle Casapia, X., Flores Llampazo, G., Corrales Medina, M., Reyna Huaymacari, J. & Baraloto, C., 1 Apr 2019, In: Ecology. 100, 4, e02636.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Peatland and wetland ecosystems in Peruvian Amazonia: indigenous classifications and perspectives

    Schulz, C., Brañas, M. M., Núñez Pérez, C., Del Águila Villacorta, M., Laurie, N., Lawson, I. T. & Roucoux, K. H., 30 Apr 2019, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Ecology and Society. 24, 2, 16 p., 12.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

 

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