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Heather Plumpton

Interdisciplinary Research Fellow in Climate Change, Forests and Livelihoods, University of Reading

In my position as an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the Walker Institute I have worked on several projects focused on the intersection between forests, climate change, and livelihoods. This includes engaging with local stakeholders in forest landscape restoration projects in Africa and incorporating forest resilience to climate impacts into restoration plans, as well as conducting climate change risk assessments and livelihood assessments.

During my PhD, I investigated the long-term impacts of drier climatic conditions on tropical dry forests of Bolivia, focusing on the ecotone between dry forest and upland savannahs.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Reading
  • 2014–2019
    PhD Environmental Science, University of Reading


  • 2013 
    University of Cambridge, BA Natural Sciences


  • 2019
    Long-term impacts of mid-Holocene drier climatic conditions on Bolivian tropical dry forests, Quaternary Research
  • 2019
    Ecosystem turnover in palaeoecological records: The sensitivity of pollen and phytolith proxies to detecting vegetation change in southwestern Amazonia, The Holocene
  • 2019
    Paleoecological potential of phytoliths from lake sediment records from the tropical lowlands of Bolivia, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology

Professional Memberships

  • British Ecological Society