Department of Geography


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Margarita Tsakiridou

  • Qualifications: Ptychion in Forestry and Natural Environment
  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2504
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Science


In 2014 I graduated from the School of Forestry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a specialization in ‘Forest Protection and Natural Environment’.

In the following two years I implemented some independent research on grazing indicators in pollen assemblages and pollen-vegetation relationships in Mediterranean landscapes. While on that I became increasingly interested in the utilization of paleoecological methods to better understand our natural environment so in 2016 I joined the Department of Geography at the University of Portsmouth to undertake a PhD on the response of wildfire to past climate change.


Fire is an integral part of the Earth System yet its relationship with abrupt climate change is poorly understood. Following recent climate change projections, its expression is expected to be significantly altered in many parts of the world. However, the effect of global warming on geographic regions where wildfire impact is currently limited is still an open question.

The Last Glacial Interglacial Transition (LGIT) in NW Europe was a period of multiple abrupt climatic events, which makes for an ideal period in which to study this relationship. Charcoal, which has been increasingly employed as a proxy of past wildfire events, can provide a wealth of information on various aspects of past wildfire regimes. Therefore, for my PhD I am utilizing charcoal records in order to reconstruct the Fire History during the LGIT in NW Europe in the interest of further investigating the potential existence of links between wildfire expression and abrupt climate change. My research is supervised by Dr Mark Hardiman, Dr Laura Cunningham and Dr Dave Martill (of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences).