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Benjamin Gearey

Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology, University College Cork

Benjamin Gearey is lecturer in environmental archaeology, University College Cork, with a wide range of research interests focused on wetland and especially peatland environments. He is PI for the ongoing IRC COALESCE funded project IPeAAT, and was CO-I for the recently completed EU Joint Planning Initiative/Cultural Heritage funded project ‘WetFutures’ and other IRC funded projects.

He is a member of the United Nations Global Peatlands Initiative and an elected member of the JPICH Scientific Advisory Committee with expertise in past climate change. He is editor of The Journal of Wetland Archaeology and has published extensively on aspects of peatland heritage, environmental change and human impact, in peer reviewed journals and books, including the recently published 'An Introduction to Peatland Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments' (Oxbow Books, 2023).


  • –present
    Lecturer, University College Cork
  • 2013–present
    Dr, University College Cork


  • 1996 
    University of Plymouth, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Funding Source:
    Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences