Gunnar is currently working as Associate Research Fellow on the NERC PRECIP project, together with Dr. Paul Hughes, looking at reconstructing and modelling past climate change in eastern North America. He obtained a B.Sc. in Environmental Science (1st class Hons) from the University of Stirling and is about to submit his Ph.D. thesis entitled: Patterns of mid-Holocene climate change - evidence from the peat archive.
He is primarily interested in using past ecosystem changes to reconstruct and model natural climate variability on the North Atlantic seaboard with a particular focus on time-series analysis of unevenly spaced data. Using a combination of stable isotopes, plant macrofossils, testate amoebae, AMS radiocarbon dating and tephra work, Gunnar researches past changes in atmospheric moisture availability and corresponding moisture source in order to build models of atmospheric moisture transport since the end of the last glaciation. He has studied fieldsites in Sweden, Belgium, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine and the UK.
Life sciences simulation: Ecology