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

    Risks to carbon storage from land-use change revealed by peat thickness maps of Peru

    Hastie, A., Honorio Coronado, E. N., Reyna, J., Mitchard, E. T. A., Åkesson, C. M., Baker, T. R., Cole, L. E. S., Oroche, C. J. C., Dargie, G., Dávila, N., De Grandi, E. C., Del Águila, J., Del Castillo Torres, D., De La Cruz Paiva, R., Draper, F. C., Flores, G., Grández, J., Hergoualc’h, K., Householder, J. E., Janovec, J. P., Lähteenoja, O., Reyna, D., Rodríguez-Veiga, P., Roucoux, K. H., Tobler, M., Wheeler, C. E., Williams, M. & Lawson, I. T., 14 Apr 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Nature Geoscience. First Online

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Sustainable palm fruit harvesting as a pathway to conserve Amazon peatland forests

    Hidalgo Pizango, C. G., Honorio Coronado, E. N., del Águila-Pasquel, J., Flores Llampazo, G., de Jong, J., Córdova Oroche, C. J., Reyna Huaymacari, J. M., Carver, S. J., del Castillo Torres, D., Draper, F. C., Phillips, O. L., Roucoux, K. H., de Bruin, S., Peña-Claros, M., van der Zon, M., Mitchell, G., Lovett, J., García Mendoza, G., Gatica Saboya, L., Irarica Pacaya, J., Brañas, M. M., Ramírez Paredes, E. & Baker, T. R., 4 Apr 2022, In: Nature Sustainability. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    The dating and correlation of an eastern Mediterranean lake sediment sequence: a 46–4 ka tephrostratigraphy for Ioannina (NW Greece)

    McGuire, A. M., Lane, C. S., Roucoux, K. H., Albert, P. G. & Kearney, R., 25 Jul 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Quaternary Science. Early View, 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    The vulnerability of tropical peatlands to oil and gas exploration and extraction

    Lawson, I. T., Honorio Coronado, E. N., Andueza, L., Cole, L. E. S., Dargie, G., Davies, A., Laurie, N., Okafor-Yarwood, I., Roucoux, K. & Simpson, M., 10 Oct 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Progress in Environmental Geography. OnlineFirst, 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Tropical peatlands in the Anthropocene: the present and the future

    Girkin, N. T., Cooper, H. V., Ledger, M. J., O’Reilly, P., Thornton, S. A., Åkesson, C., Cole, L. E. S., Hapsari, K. A., Hawthorne, D. & Roucoux, K. H., 1 Dec 2022, In: Anthropocene. 40, 16 p., 100354.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Tropical peatlands in the anthropocene: lessons from the past

    Cole, L. E. S., Åkesson, C., Hapsari, K. A., Hawthorne, D., Roucoux, K., Girkin, N. T., Cooper, H. V., Ledger, M. J., O'Reilly, P. & Thornton, S. A., Mar 2022, In: Anthropocene. 37, 17 p., 100324.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  • 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 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • 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., 27 Apr 2021, In: Plants, People, Planet. 3, 3, p. 229-237 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-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

 

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