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Dr Jane Bunting


Opening the woods: towards a quantification of Neolithic clearance around the Somerset Levels and Moors (2019)
Journal Article
Farrell, M., Bunting, M. J., Sturt, F., Grant, M., Aalbersberg, G., Batchelor, R., …Whittle, A. (in press). Opening the woods: towards a quantification of Neolithic clearance around the Somerset Levels and Moors. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-019-09427-9

Environmental reconstructions from pollen records collected within archaeological landscapes have traditionally taken a broadly narrative approach, with few attempts made at hypothesis testing or formal assessment of uncertainty. This disjuncture be... Read More about Opening the woods: towards a quantification of Neolithic clearance around the Somerset Levels and Moors.

Novel methods of estimating relative pollen productivity; a key parameter for reconstruction of past land cover from pollen records (2019)
Journal Article
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, 030913331986180. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309133319861808

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 about Novel methods of estimating relative pollen productivity; a key parameter for reconstruction of past land cover from pollen records.

A method for reconstructing temporal changes in vegetation functional trait composition using Holocene pollen assemblages (2019)
Journal Article
Carvalho, F., Brown, K. A., Waller, M. P., Bunting, M. J., Boom, A., & Leng, M. J. (2019). A method for reconstructing temporal changes in vegetation functional trait composition using Holocene pollen assemblages. PloS one, 14(5), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216698

Methods of reconstructing changes in plant traits over long time scales are needed to understand the impact of changing environmental conditions on ecosystem processes and services. Although Holocene pollen have been extensively used to provide recor... Read More about A method for reconstructing temporal changes in vegetation functional trait composition using Holocene pollen assemblages.

Constraining pollen-based estimates of forest cover in the Amazon: A simulation approach (2018)
Journal Article
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 about Constraining pollen-based estimates of forest cover in the Amazon: A simulation approach.

Airborne pollen concentration in Nanjing, eastern China, and its relationship with meteorological factors (2018)
Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/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 about Airborne pollen concentration in Nanjing, eastern China, and its relationship with meteorological factors.

A review of relative pollen productivity estimates from temperate china for pollen-based quantitative reconstruction of past plant cover (2018)
Journal Article
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 about A review of relative pollen productivity estimates from temperate china for pollen-based quantitative reconstruction of past plant cover.

Maps from mud - using the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruct land cover dynamics from pollen records: a case study of two Neolithic landscapes (2018)
Journal Article
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), https://doi.org/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 about Maps from mud - using the Multiple Scenario Approach to reconstruct land cover dynamics from pollen records: a case study of two Neolithic landscapes.

Seeing the wood for the trees : recent advances in the reconstruction of woodland in archaeological landscapes using pollen data (2017)
Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/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 about Seeing the wood for the trees : recent advances in the reconstruction of woodland in archaeological landscapes using pollen data.

Relation between modern pollen rain, vegetation and climate in northern China: Implications for quantitative vegetation reconstruction in a steppe environment (2017)
Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/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 about Relation between modern pollen rain, vegetation and climate in northern China: Implications for quantitative vegetation reconstruction in a steppe environment.

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