UCL Department of Geography
Room 106, Pearson Building
University College London
London. WC1E 6BT
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I am a NERC Research Fellow working to improve knowledge transfer of environmental science research to bring more research into use by business, the public sector and the wider community. I am currently seconded to work with Defra's Chief Scientific Adviser and Strategic Evidence and Analysis Team to develop innovative approaches to manage the use of evidence in the policy making process. Part of my work involves providing high-quality analyses of challenging science-policy issues and establishing solutions and networks that bridge the gap between policy evidence teams and the wider academic community.
I have a strong research background in geography and environmental science and a particular interest in understanding how ecosystems respond to climate change. My specific areas of expertise include: ecology, climate change, vegetation history, biodiversity, peatland ecosystems, Mediterranean biogeography, palynology and palaeoclimatology.
DEFRA–NERC KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER RESEARCH FELLOW, 2013 – present
Strategic Evidence and Analysis, Defra
Department of Geography, University College London.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, 2010 – 2013
Department of Geography, University College London. Past4Future Collaborative Project, 7th Framework Programme of the EC. Past4Future is a multidisciplinary collaborative project with 22 international partner institutions, established to improve predictions of future climate change by investigating past climates and ecosystems.
Ph.D. QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 2006 – 2010
University of Leeds, School of Geography. Thesis title “Orbital- and millennial-scale variability during the Last Interglacial Complex: Evidence from Tenaghi Philippon, Greece”.
ECOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNICIAN, 2006 – 2007
, Oregon, USA. Surveys and monitoring of rare/invasive species on the Zumwalt Prairie to protect priority species and enhance biodiversity.
GIS TECHNICAL AND SALES ADVISOR, 2004 – 2005
Geosoft Ltd, Leeds. GIS mapping software and data sales, technical support for businesses and individuals, bespoke design briefs, software demonstrations, account management, marketing campaigns.
B.Sc. (Hons) GEOGRAPHY (Industrial), 2002 – 2006
University of Leeds, School of Geography. 1st. Included a one-year industrial placement with Geosoft Ltd.
My research interests are focussed on the following areas:
Characterising terrestrial and marine environments during the last (Eemian) and present (Holocene) interglacials using combined pollen, alkenone and isotope analysis from the Central Mediterranean Sea (ODP 963). This project is in collaboration with the University of Cambridge (L.C. Skinner) and CSIC Spain (J.O. Grimalt and B. Martrat) as part of the Past4Future Collaborative Project.
Understanding seasonality of precipitation in the Mediterranean during the early part of the Last Interglacial using a multiproxy approach of pollen, macrofossil and sediment analyses from Tenaghi Philippon, Greece. The multiproxy data revealed evidence for both an increase in precipitation and summer aridity during the insolation maximum and deposition of Sapropel S5 in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. In a paper published in Geology, we argue that this reflects an increase in seasonal contrast, with wetter winters and drier summers than the Holocene.The finding may also indicate that winter precipitation in the northern borderlands of the mediterranean influenced hydrographic conditions in the Mediterranean Sea that were crucial for the deposition of sapropels.
Investigating the nature of abrupt climate variability in the Mediterranean during the last interglacial and early glacial (Eemian-Weichselian) using high-resolution pollen analysis from Tenaghi Philippon, Greece, a peatland site renowned for its important record of Quaternary vegetation change. The new record reveals evidence of climate thresholds and abrupt climate events previously undetected in southern Europe and has been published in the Journal of Quaternary Science.
Ecosystem dynamics in peatlands, including i) understanding the processes of peat initiation and erosion in a hagged peatland, Ffynnon Eidda, north Wales, and, ii) quantifying the effects of peatland microtopography (ridges and hollows) on physical processes at Cors Fochno, a raised peat bog in mid Wales. This work is in collaboration with the University of Leeds and is in preparation for the Journal of Ecology.
Membership of professional bodies
- European Geophysical Union
- The Quaternary Research Association
- The Micropalaeontological Society
- The Palynological Society
- Scientists for Global Responsibility
Müller, U.C., Fletcher, W.J., Milner, A.M. and Scheiter, S. (2013). Interhemispheric anti-phasing of orbitally driven monsoon intensity: Implications for ice-volume forcing in the high latitudes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378: 34-42.
Milner, A.M., Müller, U.C., Roucoux, K.H., Collier, R.E.L., Pross, J., Kalaitzidis, S., Christanis, K., and Tzedakis, P.C. (2013). Environmental variability during the Last Interglacial: a new high-resolution pollen record from Tenaghi Philippon, Greece. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28 (2): 113-117.
Milner, A.M., Collier, R.E.L., Roucoux, K.H., Müller, U.C., Pross, J., Kalaitzidis, S., Christanis, K., and Tzedakis, P.C. (2012). Enhanced seasonality of precipitation in the Mediterranean during the early part of the Last Interglacial. Geology, 40 (10): 919-922.
Kettridge, N., Binley, A., Comas, X., Cassidy, N.J., Baird, A.J., Harris, A., van der Kruk, J., Strack, M., Milner, A.M, Waddington, J.M. (2012). Do peatland microforms move through time? Examining the developmental history of a patterned peatland using ground penetrating radar. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 117, G03030.
Pross, J., Tzedakis, P.C., Schmiedl, G., Christanis, K., Hooghiemstra, H., Müller, U.C., Kotthoff, U., Kalaitzidis, S., Milner, A.M. (2007). Tenaghi Philippon (Greece) Revisited: drilling a continuous lower-latitude terrestrial climate archive of the last 250,000 years. Scientific Drilling, 5: 44-46.
Submitted and in preparation
Müller, U.C., Milner, A.M., Kotthoff, U., Pross, J., Christanis, K. (in review). The sequence of climate warming across the Earth’s latitudes associated with the Last Glacial Termination. Climate of the Past.
Milner, A.M., Roucoux, K.H., Collier, R.E.L., Müller, U.C., Pross, J., Kalaitzidis, S., Christanis, K., and Tzedakis, P.C. (in prep.). Suborbital variability during the Last Interglacial Complex in northeast Greece. Quaternary Science Reviews.
Baird, A. J., Milner, A.M., Blundell, A. (in prep). Strong ecological memory in patterned raised bogs? The case of peat composition and peat permeability. Journal of Ecology.
As a researcher at UCL, I do not have a regular teaching load. However, my expertise in pollen identification, analysis and interpretation has meant that I have been involved in the University of London M.Sc. Quaternary Science course and pollen practical classes at UCL. I also give Masters and Ph.D. students pollen analysis advice and have had extensive experience leading practical classes and small group teaching for a variety of subjects.
M.Sc. Biological Indicators of Environmental Change: Pollen
2013, UCL. Preparation, identification and interpretation of pollen as part of the M.Sc. Climate Change, M.Sc. Aquatic Science and M.Sc. Conservation.
M.Sc. Quaternary Science & Short Course in Environmental Palaeoecology
2010 - 2012, UCL. Preparation, identification and interpretation of pollen (practical classes).
Various undergraduate and postgraduate courses
2006 - 2010, University of Leeds.
Quaternary Palaeoecology (undergraduate) small group teaching
Palaeoclimate (undergraduate) practical classes
Geographical Information Systems (M.Sc. and undergraduate) practical classes
Statistical and Laboratory Methods (undergraduate) practical classes
Other small group teaching and practical classes in Natural Hazards and Research and Information Technology Skills