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Novel methods of estimating Relative Pollen Productivity, a key parameter for reconstruction of past land cover from pollen records (2019)
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Fang, Y., Ma, C., & Bunting, M. J. (in press). Novel methods of estimating Relative Pollen Productivity, a key parameter for reconstruction of past land cover from pollen records. Progress in physical geography,

Reconstructing land cover from pollen data using mathematical models of the relationship between them has the potential to translate the many thousand pollen records produced over the last 100 years (over 2300 radiocarbon-dated pollen records exist... Read More

Constraining pollen-based estimates of forest cover in the Amazon: A simulation approach (2018)
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Whitney, B. S., Smallman, T. L., Mitchard, E. T., Carson, J. F., Mayle, F. E., & Bunting, M. J. (2019). Constraining pollen-based estimates of forest cover in the Amazon: A simulation approach. Holocene, 29(2), 262-270. doi:10.1177/0959683618810394

Pollen Dispersal and Deposition (PDD) modelling has been instrumental in reconstructing historical vegetation in temperate regions but its application has been limited in the tropics where there is greatest uncertainty in past land cover change. Here... Read More

Airborne pollen concentration in Nanjing, eastern China, and its relationship with meteorological factors (2018)
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Fang, Y., Ma, C., Bunting, M. J., Ding, A., Lu, H., & Sun, W. (2018). Airborne pollen concentration in Nanjing, eastern China, and its relationship with meteorological factors. Journal of geophysical research. Atmospheres, 123(19), 10,842-10,856. doi:10.1029/2018JD029026

This paper presents the results of airborne pollen and spore trapping in Nanjing city, eastern China, using a Burkard pollen trap during two consecutive years (2013–2014). A total of 103 pollen and spore taxa were identified. Two concentration peaks... Read More

A review of relative pollen productivity estimates from temperate china for pollen-based quantitative reconstruction of past plant cover (2018)
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Li, F., Gaillard, M., Xu, Q., Bunting, M. J., Li, Y., Li, J., …Shen, W. (2018). A review of relative pollen productivity estimates from temperate china for pollen-based quantitative reconstruction of past plant cover. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01214

Model-based quantitative reconstruction of past plant cover in Europe has shown great potential for: (i) testing hypotheses related to Holocene vegetation dynamics, biodiversity, and their relationships with climate and land use; (ii) studying long t... Read More

Maps from mud - using the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruct land cover dynamics from pollen records: a case study of two Neolithic landscapes (2018)
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Bunting, M. J., Farrell, M., Bayliss, A., Marshall, P., & Whittle, A. (2018). Maps from mud - using the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruct land cover dynamics from pollen records: a case study of two Neolithic landscapes. Frontiers in ecology and evolution, 6(APR), doi:10.3389/fevo.2018.00036

Pollen records contain a wide range of information about past land cover, but translation from the pollen diagram to other formats remains a challenge. In this paper, we present LandPolFlow, a software package enabling Multiple Scenario Approach (MSA... Read More

Seeing the wood for the trees : recent advances in the reconstruction of woodland in archaeological landscapes using pollen data (2017)
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Bunting, J., & Farrell, M. (2017). Seeing the wood for the trees : recent advances in the reconstruction of woodland in archaeological landscapes using pollen data. Environmental Archaeology, 23(3), 228-239. doi:10.1080/14614103.2017.1377405

Pollen sequences record the vegetation cover of past landscapes, but translating a pollen diagram into a landscape reconstruction is not straightforward. This paper reviews recent advances in the reconstruction of woodland cover from palynological da... Read More

Relation between modern pollen rain, vegetation and climate in northern China: Implications for quantitative vegetation reconstruction in a steppe environment (2017)
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Ge, Y., Li, Y., Bunting, M. J., Li, B., Li, Z., & Wang, J. (2017). Relation between modern pollen rain, vegetation and climate in northern China: Implications for quantitative vegetation reconstruction in a steppe environment. The Science of the total environment, 586, 25-41. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.027

© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Vegetation reconstructions from palaeoecological records depend on adequate understanding of relationships between modern pollen, vegetation and climate. A key parameter for quantitative vegetation reconstructions is the Relative... Read More

Disentangling the pollen signal from fen systems : modern and Holocene studies from southern and eastern England (2016)
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Waller, M., Carvalho, F., Grant, M., Bunting, J., & Brown, K. (2017). Disentangling the pollen signal from fen systems : modern and Holocene studies from southern and eastern England. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 238, (15-33). doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2016.11.007. ISSN 0034-6667

Thick deposits of peat derived from fen environments accumulated in the coastal lowland areas adjacent to the North Sea during the middle and late Holocene. These sediments are frequently used in pollen-based reconstructions of in situ and more dista... Read More

Replicability of data collected for empirical estimation of relative pollen productivity (2016)
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Bunting, M. J., Farrell, M., & Middleton, R. (2016). Replicability of data collected for empirical estimation of relative pollen productivity. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 232, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2016.04.009

The effects of repeated survey and fieldwork timing on data derived from a recently proposed standard field methodology for empirical estimation of relative pollen productivity (RPP) have been tested. Seasonal variations in vegetation and associated... Read More

Pollen signals of ground flora in managed woodlands (2016)
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Bunting, M., Grant, M., & Waller, M. (2016). Pollen signals of ground flora in managed woodlands. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 224(2), 121-133. doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2015.10.001

This paper explores the vegetation signals contained in the non-arboreal pollen and spore (NAPS) components of pollen assemblages from Tauber traps placed in woodlands subject to rotational cutting (coppicing) in lowland England. Sets of three Tauber... Read More

Approaches to quantitative reconstruction of woody vegetation in managed woodlands from pollen records (2015)
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Bunting, M. J., Grant, M. J., Waller, M., Bunting, J., Grant, M., & Waller, M. (2016). Approaches to quantitative reconstruction of woody vegetation in managed woodlands from pollen records. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 225, (53-66). doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2015.10.012. ISSN 0034-6667

There has been increasing interest in developing quantitative methods for reconstructing the dynamics of cultural landscapes over the last 15 years. This paper adds to this literature by using various approaches to reconstruct the vegetation of two w... Read More

Lateglacial and early Holocene climates of the Atlantic margins of Europe: Stable isotope, mollusc and pollen records from Orkney, Scotland (2015)
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Whittington, G., Edwards, K. J., Zanchetta, G., Keen, D. H., Bunting, M. J., Fallick, A. E., & Bryant, C. L. (2015). Lateglacial and early Holocene climates of the Atlantic margins of Europe: Stable isotope, mollusc and pollen records from Orkney, Scotland. Quaternary science reviews, 122, (112-130). doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.026. ISSN 0277-3791

The margins of mainland Europe, and especially those areas coming under the influence of North Atlantic weather systems, are ideally placed to record changing palaeoclimates. Cores from an infilled lake basin at Crudale Meadow in Mainland, Orkney, re... Read More

Modern pollen studies from coppiced woodlands and their implications for the detection of woodland management in Holocene pollen records (2012)
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Waller, M., Grant, M. J., & Bunting, M. J. (2012). Modern pollen studies from coppiced woodlands and their implications for the detection of woodland management in Holocene pollen records. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 187, (11-28). doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2012.08.008. ISSN 0034-6667

Investigations of pollen production, modern pollen-vegetation relationships and pollen‐stratigraphic changes have been undertaken from three woodlands under coppice management to establish the impact that woodland management techniques (the periodic... Read More

Neolithic settlement at the woodland's edge: palynological data and timber architecture in Orkney, Scotland (2012)
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Farrell, M., Bunting, M. J., Lee, D. H. J., & Thomas, A. (2014). Neolithic settlement at the woodland's edge: palynological data and timber architecture in Orkney, Scotland. Journal of archaeological science, 51, (225-236). doi:10.1016/j.jas.2012.05.042. ISSN 0305-4403

It has often been assumed that the islands of Orkney were essentially treeless throughout much of the Holocene, with any ‘scrub’ woodland having been destroyed by Neolithic farming communities by around 3500 cal. BC. This apparently open, hyper-ocean... Read More

Effect of vegetation data collection strategies on estimates of relevant source area of pollen (RSAP) and relative pollen productivity estimates (relative PPE) for non-arboreal taxa (2010)
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Bunting, M. J., & Hjelle, K. L. (2010). Effect of vegetation data collection strategies on estimates of relevant source area of pollen (RSAP) and relative pollen productivity estimates (relative PPE) for non-arboreal taxa. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 19(4), (365-374). doi:10.1007/s00334-010-0246-2. ISSN 0939-6314

Thirteen surface moss samples were collected for pollen analysis from an area of heathland in western Norway. Vegetation composition at different distances around the sampling locations was measured using three different survey methods; rooted freque... Read More

The effects of training set selection on the relationship between pollen assemblages and climate parameters: Implications for reconstructing past climate (2010)
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Bunting, M. J., Li, Y., Liu, J., Tian, F., & Xu, Q. (2010). The effects of training set selection on the relationship between pollen assemblages and climate parameters: Implications for reconstructing past climate. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 289(1-4), 123-133. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.02.024

494 surface soil pollen samples were collected from forests, steppes, deserts, shrubs and meadows in the northern China, and compared with modern climate data. Two approaches for estimating climate parameters from pollen data were tested independentl... Read More

Equifinality and uncertainty in the interpretation of pollen data: the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruction of past vegetation mosaics (2009)
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Bunting, M. J., & Middleton, R. (2009). Equifinality and uncertainty in the interpretation of pollen data: the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruction of past vegetation mosaics. Holocene, 19(5), 799-803. doi:10.1177/0959683609105304

The long-term goal of pollen analysis has always been the reconstruction of past vegetation mosaics. However, the pollen signal is spatially integrated, and ecologically distinct vegetation structures can produce identical pollen signals. This paper... Read More

Relevant Source Area of Pollen in patchy cultural landscapes and signals of anthropogenic landscape disturbance in the pollen record: a simulation approach (2008)
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Hellman, S., Bunting, M. J., & Gaillard, M. J. (2009). Relevant Source Area of Pollen in patchy cultural landscapes and signals of anthropogenic landscape disturbance in the pollen record: a simulation approach. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 153(3-4), (245-258). doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2008.08.006. ISSN 0034-6667

Using the HUMPOL simulation computer model we explored the effects of various factors characteristic of mosaic cultural landscapes on the Relevant Source Area of Pollen (RSAP sensu Sugita) of small lakes (50 m radius), and the representation of NAP a... Read More