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Research interests:


Stable isotopes

Marine and Freshwater 14C Reservoir Effects

Black Carbon

Environmental/Scientific Archaeology

Career history:

Present: Research Fellow (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)

Active research projects:

Seeing the full spectrum: An integrated approach to characterization of Martian carbon. With Mark, D., Morrison, D. (SUERC), Lee, M. (Glasgow), Cockell, C. (Edinburgh), Smith, C. (NHM London), and Faithfull, J. (Huntarian Museum). (The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland grant LG13SUE001). 2013.

Reassessing the Scottish Mesolithic-Neolithic transition: Questions of diet and timing. With Cook, G. (SUERC), Murray, I. (Historic Scotland) and Bonsall, C. (Edinburgh). (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, AH/L008521/1). 2013.

Comparative Island Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic. With McGovern, T. (City University of New York) and Cook, G. (SUERC). (US National Science Foundation). 2012-2015. Radiocarbon-based chronology and stable isotope-based palaeodiet reconstruction.

Recent publications:

Sayle, K. L., Hamilton, W. D., Cook, G. T., Ascough, P. L., Gestsdóttir, H., and McGovern, T. H. (2016) Deciphering diet and monitoring movement: multiple stable isotope analysis of the Viking Age settlement at Hofstaðir, Lake Mývatn, Iceland. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, (doi:10.1002/ajpa.22939) (PMID:26799531) (Early Online Publication)

Shanks, R. P., Ascough, P. L., Dougans, A., Gallacher, P., Gulliver, P., Rood, D. H., Xu, S., and Freeman, S. P.H.T. (2015) Performance of the rebuilt SUERC single-stage accelerator mass spectrometer. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 361, pp. 76-79. (doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2015.07.122)

Russell, N., Cook, G. T., Ascough, P. L., and Scott, E. M. (2015) A period of calm in Scottish seas: a comprehensive study of ΔR values for the northern British Isles coast and the consequent implications for archaeology and oceanography. Quaternary Geochronology, 30(Pt. A), pp. 34-41. (doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2015.08.001)

Brewington, S. et al. (2015) Islands of change vs. islands of disaster: managing pigs and birds in the Anthropocene of the North Atlantic. Holocene, 25(10), pp. 1676-1684. (doi:10.1177/0959683615591714)

Washbourne, C.-L., Lopez-Capel, E., Renforth, P., Ascough, P. L., and Manning, D. A.C. (2015) Rapid removal of atmospheric CO2 by urban soils. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(9), pp. 5434-5440. (doi:10.1021/es505476d) (PMID:25837769)