Dr Jessie Woodbridge-Fisher

Dr Jessie Woodbridge-Fisher

Research Fellow in Geography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


University of Plymouth:

PhD: Physical Geography (2005-2009) Project title: Late-Holocene lake diatom- inferred palaeoclimate from central Turkey

MRes: Global Environmental Change (2004-2005)

BSc Hons: Biological Sciences (First class ) (2001-2004)

Research interests

Jessie Woodbridge is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the "Changing the face of the Mediterranean: land cover and population since the advent of farming" at Plymouth University (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences), and previously worked on the Deforesting Europe project. This research aims to reconstruct changes in European land cover over long (i.e. multi-centennial) timescales using pollen data. Jessie's research background is focussed on reconstruction of Holocene palaeoenvironmental change using palaeoecological techniques based on peat and lake-sediment archives. Her PhD research on diatom-inferred Eastern Mediterranean palaeoclimate was completed in 2009, and since this time her Post-Doctoral work has focussed on pollen/diatom analysis and environmental reconstruction in British peatland and reservoir environments.

Grants & contracts

May. 2015 Named Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on successful application to the Leverhulme Trust. Three-year project: Changing the face of the Mediterranean: land cover and population since the advent of farming.

Feb. 2014: Successful bid (£2,200) to conduct research for the Westcountry Rivers Trust (UK) (Diatom analysis to assess the water quality of Westcounty Rivers). 

May 2011: Funding obtained (£800) from INQUA to attend the XVIII International Quaternary (INQUA) Congress (Bern, Switzerland), Jul. 2011.

Apr. 2011: Funding obtained (£500) from the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) to attend the XVIII International Quaternary (INQUA) Congress (Bern, Switzerland), Jul. 2011.

Dec. 2010: Named Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on successful application to the Leverhulme Trust. Three-year project: Deforesting Europe: a pollen-based reconstruction of Holocene land cover change (£146,741).

Apr. 2010: Successful application as Principal Investigator to the Seale Hayne Education Trust funding competition (£9,400, fEC: £27,000) to conduct research into recent environmental change and human-environment interactions on Dartmoor (UK) using palaeolimnological methods (diatoms and pollen).

Jul. 2009: Successful application for a funded place at the RCUK Joint UK-China Advanced Summer School ‘Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments’. Lanzhou University, China. (26 Jul. – 1 Aug. 2009).

Mar. 2007: QRA travel grant (£600) to attend the XVII International Quaternary (INQUA) Congress (Cairns, Australia), Jul.-Aug. 2007.

Mar. 2006: British Institute in Ankara travel grant (£500) to conduct field work in Turkey.

Oct. 2005: School of Geography PhD scholarship (Plymouth University).

Oct. 2004: School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Science MRes studentship (Plymouth University). 

Fyfe RM, Woodbridge J and Roberts N (2015) From forest to farmland: pollen-inferred land cover change across Europe using the pseudobiomization approach. Global Change Biology 20 (3), 1197-1212. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12776: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12776/abstract

J, Fyfe, RM and Roberts, N (2014) A comparison of remotely-sensed and pollen-based approaches to mapping Europe's land cover. Journal of Biogeography 41, 2080-2092. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12353: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jbi.12353/abstract

Woodbridge, J., Fyfe, R.M., Roberts, N., Downey, S., Edinborough, K. and Shennan, S. (2014b) The impact of the Neolithic agricultural transition in Britain: a comparison of pollen-based land-cover and archaeological 14C date-inferred population change. Journal of Archaeological Science. 51, 216-224: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440312004761

Woodbridge, J ., Davies, H., Blake, W. and Fyfe, R.M. (accepted subject to revisions: Journal of Paleolimnology) Exploring recent environmental change in an upland catchment using evidence from reservoir sediments.

Fyfe, R.M., Bray, L., Juleff, G., Woodbridge, J. and Marshall, P. (2013) The environmental impact of Romano-British ironworking on Exmoor.  In: Humphries J and Rehren T (eds) The World of Iron. Archetype Publications, London, 462-472

Davis B.A.S, Zanon M, Collins P, Mauri A, Fyfe R, Woodbridge J., Kaplan J.O., et al. (online first: 2013) The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.

Dean, J.R., Jones, M.D., Leng, M.J., Sloane, H.J., Roberts, C.N., Woodbridge, J., Swann, G.E.A., Metcalfe, S.E., Eastwood, W.J., Yigitbas, H., and Yigitbasıoglu, H. (online first: 2012) Palaeo-seasonality of the last two millennia reconstructed from the oxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatom silica from Nar Gölü, central Turkey. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Fyfe, R.M. and Woodbridge, J. (2012) Differences in time and space in vegetation patterning: analysis of pollen data from Dartmoor, UK. Landscape Ecology. 27:745-760

Roberts, N., Moreno, A., Valero-Garcés, B.L., Corella, J.P., Jones, M., Allcock, S., Woodbridge, J., Morellón, M., Luterbacher, J., Xoplaki, E. and Türkeş, M. (2012) Palaeolimnological evidence for an east–west climate see-saw in the Mediterranean since AD 900. Global & Planetary Change, Special Issue, the Medieval Climate Anomaly. 84-85: 23-34

Woodbridge, J., Fyfe, R.M., Law, B. and Hayworth-Johns, A. (2012) A spatial approach to upland vegetation change and human impact: the Aber Valley, Snowdonia. Environmental Archaeology. 17: 80-94

Woodbridge, J. and Roberts, N. (2011) Late Holocene climate of the Eastern Mediterranean inferred from diatom analysis of annually-laminated lake sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews. 30: 3381-3392

Fyfe, R.M., Roberts, N., and Woodbridge, J. (2010) A pseudo-biomisation approach to anthropogenic land cover change. Holocene. 20: 1165-1171

Woodbridge, J. and Roberts, N. (2010) Linking neo and palaeolimnology: a case study using crater lake diatoms from central Turkey.  Journal of Palaeolimnology. 44: (3) 855-871

Woodbridge, J., Roberts, N. and Cox, E.J. (2010) Morphology and ecology of a new centric diatom from Cappadocia (central Turkey). Diatom Research. 25: 195-212

Other academic activities

Committee membership:

Geography Research Committee (Post-Doctoral representative)

Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Athena SWAN)

Editorial role:

INQUA HaBCom Newsletter


Leverhulme Trust-funded Deforesting Europe project