Matthew Adeleye

I am a PhD student in the field of palaeoecology, and I use fossilized plant pollen and spores, charcoal and macrofossils, and non-pollen palynomorphs (NPP) to tell the deep history of places.


Specifically, I am interested in understanding the links between past changes in vegetation, climate, fire, sea levels, and human land use. I am also interested in understanding wetland developmental history and hydrology dynamics, especially in the context of long-term changes in climate.

My past researches include lateglacial and Holocene vegetation and wetland developmental history in pacific Canada and west Africa, while my current research is focused on Australia and spans the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs.

Current research

My current research in Australia focuses on understanding past changes in vegetation and fire regimes in response to climatic and sea-level changes, as well human land use in Bass Strait, southeast Australia over the last 35,000 years. I am also using NPPs to reconstruct past changes in hydrology regimes and human occupation in the region, especially during the Holocene.