Dr Francis Rowney
Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Reclaiming Exmoor
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Dr Francis Rowney is a researcher with a background in geography who has broad interests and experience. This includes ecology, palaeoecology, environmental archaeology, environmental epidemiology and public health.
Postdoctoral Research FellowSchool of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth2020 to presentPostdoctoral Research AssociateEuropean Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter2018-2020PhD Physical Geography "Ecology and climates of Middle Pleistocene interglacials"School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth2013-2018MSc Quaternary ScienceRoyal Holloway and UCL, University of London2011-2012BSc (Hons) GeographyUniversity of Hull2008-2011
British Ecological Society (BES)
Quaternary Research Association (QRA)
Roles on external bodies
Associate of the University of Exeter
Francis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the interdisciplinary Reclaiming Exmoor project, working with Professor Ralph Fyfe and collaborating with colleagues in the Department of History, University of Exeter. He is exploring the ecological legacies of nineteenth century agricultural "improvements" using high-resolution pollen records.
Previously, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter. There he worked on the NERC-funded PollerGEN project, exploring associations between airborne grass pollen and population-scale respiratory health. This focussed on population-level respiratory health responses to grass pollen and how these may vary according to grass species. This involved bringing together large public health and environmental datasets. He also worked on an NIHR-funded project investigating links between green-blue spaces and individual-level wellbeing.
He completed a PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Plymouth in 2018, conducting research which focused on ‘The ecology and climates of early Middle Pleistocene interglacials in Britain’. This work studied Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironments through the analysis of sub-fossil insects, pollen and coprophilous fungal spores, with particular focus on local-scale ecological dynamics and regional climates.
Kurganskiy, A., Creer, S., de Vere, N., Griffith, G.W., Osborne, N.J., Wheeler, B.W., McInnes, R.N., Clewlow, Y., Barber, A., Brennan, G.L., Hanlon, H.M., Hegarty,M., Potter, C., Rowney, F.M., Adams-Groom, B., Petch, G.M., Pashley, C.H., Satchwell, J., de Weger, L.A., Rasmussen, K., Oliver, G., Sindt, C., Bruffaerts, N., The PollerGEN Consortium, Skjøth, C.A. (2021). Predicting the severity of the grass pollen season and the effect of climate change in Northwest Europe. Science Advances https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abd7658
Rowney, F.M. & Brennan, G.L., Skjøth, C.A., Griffith, G.W., McInnes, R.N., Clewlow, Y., Adams-Groom, B., Barber, A., de Vere, N., Economou, T., Hegarty,M., Hanlon, H.M., Jones, L., Kurganskiy, A., Petch, G.M., Potter, C., Rafiq, A.M., Warner, A., The PollerGEN Consortium, Wheeler, B.W., Osborne, N.J.,Creer, S. (2021). Environmental DNA reveals links between abundance and composition of airborne grass pollen and respiratory health. Current Biology https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.02.019
Brennan, G.L., Potter, C., de Vere, N., Griffith, G.W., Skjøth, C.A., Osborne, N.J., Wheeler, B.W., McInnes, R.N., Clewlow, Y., Barber, A., Hanlon, H.M., Hegarty, M., Jones, L., Kurganskiy, A., Rowney, F.M., Armitage, C., Adams-Groom, B., Ford, C.R., Petch, G.M., The PollerGEN Consortium, Creer, S. (2019) Temperate airborne grass pollen defined by spatio-temporal shifts in community composition. Nature Ecology and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0849-7