Mr Matthew Adeleye

BSc, MSc, PhD (in view)
Research Associate
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: 0261250308

Areas of expertise

  • Palaeoecology 310306
  • Quaternary Environments 370905
  • Palaeontology (Incl. Palynology) 370506
  • Landscape Ecology 410206

Research interests

I am interested in using palaeo proxies (pollen, nonpollen palynomorphs, charcoal and marocfossil, geochemistry) to understand ecosystem changes (vegetation and wetlands) in the context of long-term changes in climate, fire regimes and human influence, and how this deep-time knowledge can help in current and future ecosystem management efforts. In summary, my research interest is enveloped in: Conservation palaeoecology, Landscape palaeoecology and Island biogeography.


I completed my Bachelor's degree at the University of Lagos (Nigeria) in botany and palynology, and my Master's degree at the University of Victoria (Canada) in forest ecology and paleoecology. I also recently completed my PhD thesis at the Australian National University in archaeology and natural history. My previous research focused on the palaeoecology of sites in coastal southwest Nigeria and Pacific Canada, and my current research (which builds on my PhD research) aims to reveal the long-term fire-vegetation relationships on the Bass Strait islands of southeast Australia. I am also currently working on understanding long-term vegetation dynamics in Africa in response to climatic and human influence. 


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