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Dr Belinda Gambin
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Dr Belinda Gambin is a lecturer with the Division of Environmental Management and Planning within the Institute of Earth Systems. She is a palynologist specialising in environmental reconstruction, and holds a Ph.D in Earth Sciences from Aix-Marseille University in conjunction with the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie Marine et Continentale (IMBE). Her research focused on reconstructing vegetation dynamics in response to both anthropogenic and climatic changes during the Holocene on the Maltese Islands, set within the broader context of the Central Mediterranean. She also holds an M.Sc in Sustainable Development from the Department of Geography at Exeter University and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geography and Environmental Biology from Oxford Brookes University.  Furthermore she studied Integrated Environmental Management at the University of Bath, and previously held the post of environmental manager in the private sector, where her responsibilities included the creation and maintenance of an Environmental Management System, as well as research, and training and administrative duties. She is a Practioner Member of the 'Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (UK)' - PIEMA; and a member of 'AASP - The Palynological Society', 'SFEcologie', and the 'Association for Environmental Archaeology'.

Research Interests

  • Palynology
  • The role of climate change and anthropogenic influences on the environment
  • EMS implementation
  • Domestication of the Olive tree in the Mediterranean
  • Reconstruction of the physical and biological evolution of Malta during the Holocene

Selected Publications

Peyron, O., Combourieu-Nebout, N., Brayshaw, D., Goring, S., Andrieu-Ponel, V., Desperate, S., Fletcher, W., Gambin, B., Ioakim, C., Jeannine, S., Kotthoff, U., Kouli, K., Montade, V., Pross, J., Satori, L., & Magny, M. (2017). Precipitation changes in the Mediterranean basin during the Holocene from terrestrial and marine pollen records: a model–data comparison. Clim. Past, 13, 249-265.  DOI:10.5194/cp-13-249-2017

Gambin, B., Andrieu-Ponel, V., Médail, F., Marriner, N., Peyron, O., Montade, V., Gambin, T., Morhange, C., Belkacem, D., & Djamali, M. (2016) 7300 years of vegetation history and climate for NW Malta: a Holocene perspective.  Climate of the Past, 12, 273-297. DOI: 10.5194/cp-12-273-2016

Djamali, M., Gambin, B., Marriner, N., Andrieu-Ponel, V., Gambin, T., Gandouin, E., Lanfranco, S., Médail, F., Pavon, D., Ponel, P., and Morhange, C. (2012) Vegetation dynamics during the early to mid-Holocene transition in NW Malta, human impact versus climatic forcing. Vegetation History Archaeobotany. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. DOI 10.1007/s00334-012-0380-0

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