University of Aberdeen
Current Position Senior Lecturer, Geography & Environment
Telephone +44 (0)1224 273589
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Human-environment interactions during prehistory and early history, studied through the application of pollen analysis and associated proxies (e.g. microscopic charcoal; fungal spores) to sedimentary records (mires, lakes and soils), with chronologies supported using radiocarbon (14C) dating.
  • The environmental impacts resulting from the Norse settlement of the islands of the North Atlantic, particularly Greenland, and ‘landscapes of interaction’ featuring contact between the Norse, Sami and Thule Inuit peoples.
  • Quaternary palynology, palaeoecology, and environmental archaeology.
  • The Late Quaternary vegetation history of the British Isles, northwest Europe, and the North Atlantic islands.
  • Plant succession in wetlands.

Recent Key Papers

  • Panagiotakopulu, E., Schofield, J.E., Vickers, K., Edwards, K.J. & Buckland, P.C. (2018: in press) Thule Inuit environmental impacts on Kangeq, southwest Greenland. Quaternary International,
  • *Kamerling, I.M., Schofield, J.E., Edwards, K.J. & Aronsson, K-Å (2017) High-resolution palynology reveals land use history of a Sami renvall in northern Sweden. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26, 369-388.
  • Schofield, J.E., Edwards, K.J., Erlendsson, E. & Ledger, P.M. (2013) Palynology supports ‘Old Norse’ introductions to the flora of Greenland. Journal of Biogeography 40, 1119-1130.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • ‘How ecological and cultural factors influence single species plant conservation; a case study of juniper in Scotland’
    (External supervisor to Prakash Aryal, UHI)
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Annabel Everard: The palaeoenvironmental history of ancient deciduous woodlands in Scotland and Ireland, with particular emphasis on the sub-canopy layers