Dr Graham Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography & Programme Leader (Single Honours Geography)

I am a Physical Geographer with teaching and research interests in Environmental Change, specifically the analysis of diatom and stable isotopes in lake and estuarine sediment to investigate Late Quaternary climate and sea-level change.


PhD (LJMU), MSc (Liverpool), BSc (Liverpool), PgCLTHE (Portsmouth)

Professional Affiliations

Quaternary Research Association

European Geophysical Union

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • GE6017 Anthropocene (Module Leader)
  • GE6005 Climate Change (co-delivery)
  • GE5012 Environmental Change (Module Leader)
  • GE6001 Dissertation (Tutor)
  • GE5013/14 Researcher Development (Tutor)
  • GE4003 Foundations for Successful Studentship (Tutor)

In addition, I contribute to teaching in GE6015 Coastal Dynamics and Management, GE6003 Natural Hazard Assessment and Mitigation, and GE4001 Introduction to Physical Geography and Geology.


Current research focuses on (i) lake diatom and stable isotope records of climate change over orbital and millennial time scales in the Mediterranean and the sub-arctic, and (ii) estuarine diatoms and stable isotopes as indicators of Holocene sea-level change and coastal evolution.


  • 2016: Department QR Grant. Rapid climate changes in the Holocene: evidence from the Balkan Peninsula. G. Wilson, M. Frogley, P. Hughes.
  • 2014: Department QR Grant. Terrestrial and lake hydrological response to millennial-scale climate oscillations during the penultimate glacial in southern Europe. G. Wilson, M. Frogley, T. Jones, P. Hughes, M. Leng.
  • 2012: NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility.  Investigating the spatial expression of millennial-scale Holocene climate changes in the sub-arctic (δ18O analysis of biogenic silica). G. Wilson, D. Fower, M. Leng.
  • 2012: NERC Radiocarbon Allocation. G. Wilson, D. Fower, M. Leng.
  • 2011: NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility.  Allocation for δ13C and C/N analyses to investigate the spatial expression of millennial-scale Holocene climate changes in the sub-arctic. G. Wilson, D. Fower, M. Leng.
  • 2011: INTERACT. Investigating the spatial expression of millennial-scale Holocene climate changes: a multi-proxy lake sediment approach, Finnish Lapland. D. Fower, G. Wilson.
  • 2010: QRA Research Fund. Rapid climate changes in the Holocene: evidence from the Balkan Peninsula – pilot study. G. Wilson, M. Frogley.
  • 2010: Department Research Grant (University of Portsmouth). Assessing the utility of diatom-based tidal level transfer functions. G. Wilson.
  • 2001: NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility. Potential of bulk organic δ13C and C/N as Holocene sea-level indicators. A. Lamb, G. Wilson, M. Leng, J. Ridgway, F. Darbyshire, D. Huddart.

Published work

Wilson, G.P. (2017). On the application of contemporary bulk sediment organic carbon isotope and geochemical datasets for Holocene sea-level reconstruction in NW Europe. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 214, 191-208. DOI:10.101 6/j.gca.2017.07.038. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016703717304623

Wilson, G.P., Reed, J.M., Frogley, M.R., Hughes, P.D., Tzedakis, P.C. (2015). Reconciling diverse lacustrine and terrestrial system response to penultimate deglacial warming in southern Europe. Geology 43, 818-822. DOI:10.1130/G36807.1. http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/43/9/819.full.pdf+html

Wilson, G.P., Frogley, M.R., Roucoux, K.H., Jones, T.D., Leng, M.J., Lawson, I.T., Hughes, P.D. (2013). Limnetic and terrestrial responses to climate change during the onset of the penultimate glacial stage in NW Greece. Global and Planetary Change 107, 213-225. DOI:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2013.05.015. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921818113001409

Inkpen, R.I., Wilson, G.P. (2013). Science, Philosophy and Physical Geography. Second Edition. Routledge: Oxon. ISBN: 978-0-415-67966-4. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415679664

Jones, T.D., Lawson, I.T., Reed, J.M., Wilson, G.P., Leng, M.J., Gierga, M., Bernasconi, S., Smittenberg, R., Hajdas, I., Bryant, C., Tzedakis, P.C. (2013). Diatom-inferred Late Pleistocene and Holocene palaeolimnological changes in the Ioannina basin, northwest Greece. Journal of Paleolimnology 49, 185-204. DOI:10.1007/s10933-012-9654x. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10933-012-9654-x

Wilson, G.P., Lamb, A.L. (2012).  An assessment of the utility of regional diatom-based tidal-level transfer functions.  Journal of Quaternary Science 27, 360-370.  DOI:10.1002/jqs.1553. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.1553/abstract

Inkpen, R., Wilson, G.P. (2009).  Explaining the past: abductive and Bayesian reasoning.  The Holocene 19, 329-334.  DOI:10.1177/0959683608100577. http://hol.sagepub.com/content/19/2/329.abstract

Wilson, G.P., Reed, J.M., Lawson, I.T., Frogley, M.R., Tzedakis, P.C., Preece, R.C. (2008).  Diatom response to the last glacial-interglacial transition in the Ioannina basin, northwest Greece: Implications for Mediterranean palaeoclimate reconstruction.  Quaternary Science Reviews 27, 428-440.  DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.10.013. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379107002983

Lamb, A.L., Vane, C.H., Wilson, G.P., Rees, J.G., Moss-Hayes, V.L. (2007).  Assessing δ13C and C/N ratios from stored organic material as Holocene sea-level and palaeoenvironmental indicators in the Humber Estuary, UK.  Marine Geology 244, 109-128.  DOI:10.1016/j.margeo.2007.06.012. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025322707001557

Lamb, A.L., Wilson, G.P., Leng, M.J. (2006).  A review of coastal palaeoclimate and relative sea-level reconstructions using δ13C and C/N ratios in organic material.  Earth-Science Reviews 75, 29-57.  DOI:10.1016/j.earscirev.2005.10.003. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012825205001376

Wilson, G., Lamb, A., Leng, M., Gonzalez, S., Huddart, D (2005).  Variability of organic δ13C and C/N in the Mersey Estuary, U.K. and its implications for sea-level reconstruction studies. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 64, 685-698.  DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2005.04.003. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272771405001319

Wilson, G., Lamb, A., Leng, M., Gonzalez, S., Huddart, D (2005).  δ13C and C/N as potential coastal palaeoenvironmental indicators in the Mersey Estuary, UK.  Quaternary Science Reviews 24, 2015-2029. DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2004.11.014. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379105001290                      

Wilson, G., Lamb, A., Gonzales, S., Leng, M., Huddart, D. (2004). The potential of carbon isotope ratios as indicators of coastal palaeoenvironmental change: preliminary results from the Mersey Estuary, North West England. In: R.C. Chiverrell, A.J. PLater, G.S.P. Thomas (eds.), The Quaternary of the Isle of Man and North West England: Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association, London, 217-225.

Wilson, G. (2002). Leash Fen. In: D. Huddart, N.F. Glasser (eds.), Quaternary of Northern England, Geological Conservation Review Series, No. 25, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough, 493-499.