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). 

Journal articles in press/published

Woodbridge,J. , Roberts, C.N. and Fyfe, R.M. (in press ) Holocenevegetation and land-cover dynamics in the Mediterranean from pollen data. Journalof Biogeography.

Woodbridge, J. , Fyfe, R.M., Roberts, C.N.,Mazier, F. and Davis, B. (in press)European forest cover since the start of Neolithic agriculture: a criticalcomparison of pollen-based reconstructions. PAGES(Past Global Change) Magazine.

Woodbridge,J.   Roberts, C.N. andFyfe, R.M. ( in press ) Vegetation and land-use changein northern Europe during Late Antiquity: a regional-scale pollen-basedreconstruction. Environment and society during the long Late Antiquity: LateAntique Archaeology Journal.

Labuhn, I., Finné, M., Izdebski,A., Roberts, N. and Woodbridge, J. (in press) Climatic changes and theirimpacts in the Mediterranean during the first millennium CE. Environment andsociety during the long Late Antiquity: Late Antique Archaeology Journal.

Fyfe, R.M., Woodbridge,J. and Roberts, C.N. (2018) Trajectories of change in MediterraneanHolocene vegetation through classification of pollen data. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. 27, 351-364.

Roberts, N., Fyfe, R.M., Woodbridge, J., Gaillard, M.J., Davis,B.A.S., Kaplan, J.O., Marquer, L., Mazier, F., Nielsen, A.B., Sugita, S.,Trondman, A.K. and Leydet, M. (2018) Europe’s lost forests: a pollen-basedsynthesis for the last 11,000 years. Scientific Reports. 716, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18646-7.

Roberts, C.N., Woodbridge,J., Shennan, S., Bevan, A., Palmisano, A. and Asouti, E. (2018) Humanresponses and non-responses to climatic variations during the LastGlacial-Interglacial transition in the eastern Mediterranean. Quaternary Science Reviews. 184, 47-67.

Ruddiman, W.F. Fuller, D.Q., Kaplan, J.O., Ellis, E.C., Kutzbach5, J.E.,Vavrus, S.J., Tzedakis, P.C., Roberts, C.N., Fyfe, R.M., He, F., Lemmen, C. and Woodbridge, J. (2016) Late Holocene Climate: Natural or Anthropogenic? Reviewof Geophysics. 54, 93-118.

Roberts, N., Allcock, S.L., Arnaud, F., Dean, J.R., Eastwood, W.J.,Jones, M.D., Malet, E., Woodbridge, J. and Yiğitbaşıoğlu, H. (2016) A tale of two lakes: a multi-proxycomparison of Late Glacial and Holocene environmental change in Cappadocia,Turkey. Journal of Quaternary Science. 31, 348-362.

Fyfe, R.M., Woodbridge, J. and Roberts, N. (2015) From forest to farmland: pollen-inferred landcover change across Europe using the pseudobiomization approach. GlobalChange Biology. 21, 1197-212.

Woodbridge,J. , Davies, H., Blake, W. and Fyfe, R.M. (2014)Exploring recent environmental change in an upland catchment using evidencefrom reservoir sediments. Journal ofPaleolimnology. 52, 229-244.

Woodbridge, J. , Fyfe, R.M. and Roberts, N. (2014) A comparison of remote-sensed and pollen-basedapproaches to mapping Europe’s land cover . Journal ofBiogeography. 41, 2080-2092.

Woodbridge, J. , Fyfe, R.M., Roberts, N., Downey, S., Edinborough, K., and Shennan, S.(2014) The impact of the Neolithic agricultural transition in Britain: acomparison of pollen-based land-cover and archaeological 14Cdate-inferred population change. Journalof Archaeological Science. 51,216-224.

Dean, J.R., Eastwood, W.J., Roberts, N., Jones, M.D., Yiğitbaşıoğlu,H., Allcock, S.L., Woodbridge, J.and Leng, M.J. (2014). Tracking the hydroclimatic signal from lake to sediment:a field study from central Turkey. Journalof Hydrobiologia. 529, 608-621.

Davis B.A.S, Zanon M, Collins P, Mauri A, Fyfe R, Woodbridge J.,Kaplan J.O., et al. (2013) The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. 22,521-530.

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. (2013) Palaeo-seasonality of the last two millennia reconstructed from theoxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatom silica from Nar Gölü,central Turkey. Quaternary ScienceReviews. 66, 35-44.

Fyfe, R.M. and Woodbridge, J. (2012) Differences in time and spacein 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 climatesee-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 toupland vegetation change and human impact: Aber Valley, Snowdonia. Environmental Archaeology. 17, 80-94.

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

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

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

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


Journal articles in preparation

Woodbridge, J. Dougal, M. and Paling, N. (in prep. Freshwater Biology)Monitoring and managing river water quality using diatom analysis (SouthwestEngland).

In preparation/submitted for special issue of The Holocene onMediterranean landscape change

Woodbridge,J. , Roberts, N., Palmisano, A., Eastwood,W., Izdebski, A., Çakırlar, C., Woldring, H., Broothaerts, N., Kaniewski, D.,Bevan, A., Shennan, S. and Fyfe, R. (inprep. The Holocene: special issue on Mediterranean land cover and populationchange) Southern Anatolia: regional land cover, vegetation and settlement.  

Connor, S., Vannière, B., Colombaroli,D., Woodbridge, J. and Roberts, N. (inprep. The Holocene) Mediterranean fire history land-cover diversity change duringthe Holocene.

Langgut, D., Cheddadi, R., Woodbridge,J., Mercuri, A.-M., Greenberg, R. and Eastwood, W. (in prep. The Holocene) The Olive: a history of a keystoneMediterranean tree crop.

Walsh, K., Estreny, J., Berger,J.-F., Roberts, N., Woodbridge, J., Vannière, B., Ghilardi, M. andBrown, A. (in prep. The Holocene) Mediterraneanerosion history: an overview.

Bevan, A., Çakırlar, C., Shennan,S., Woodbridge, J. and Palmisano, A. (in prep. The Holocene) Neolithisation, megaliths and metals:cultural and environmental impacts.

Finné, M., Labuhn, I., Roberts, N.and Woodbridge, J. (in prep. The Holocene)Holocene climate of the Mediterranean: a synthesis.

Shennan, S., Woodbridge, J.,Palmisano, A., Walsh, K., Berger, J.-F., Mazier, F., Nuninger, L.,Andrieu-Ponel, V., Azuara, J., Bevan, A., Fyfe, R. and Roberts, N. (in prep. The Holocene) MediterraneanFrance: regional land cover, vegetation and settlement.

Fyfe, R., Woodbridge, J.,Palmisano, A., Bevan, A., Shennan, S., Burjachs, F., Legarra Herrero, B.,Garcia Puchol, O., Carrión, J., Gil-Romero, G. and Roberts, N. (in prep. The Holocene) Eastern Iberia:regional land cover, vegetation and settlement.

Palmisano, A., Woodbridge, J.,Miebach, A., Langgut, D. Cheddadi, R., Greenberg, R., Leroy, S., Kaniewski, D.,Khater, C., Litt, T., Bevan, A., Shennan, S., Fyfe, R. and Roberts, N. (in prep. The Holocene) Levant: regionalland cover, vegetation and settlement.

Cheddadi, R., Roberts, N, Fyfe,R., Shennan, S., Bevan, A., Woodbridge, J. Palmisano, A., Reddad, H. andFletcher, W. (in prep. The Holocene) Morocco,regional land cover, vegetation, climate and settlement.

Stoddart, S., Woodbridge, J.,Palmisano, A., Mercuri, A.-M., Mensing, S., Colombaroli, D., Sadori, L., Magri,D., di Rita, F., Giardini, M., Marioti, M.,  Florenzano, A., Torri, P.,Bevan, A., Shennan, S., Fyfe, R. and Roberts, N. (in prep. The Holocene) "Etruria", central Italy: regionalland cover, vegetation and settlement.

Weiberg, E., Bevan, A., Palmisano,A., Woodbridge, J., Kouli, K., Finné, M., Legarra Herrero, B.,Avramidis, P., Engel, M., Izdebski, A., Panajiotidis, S., Shennan, S., Fyfe,R., Roberts, N., Katsianis, M. and Maniatis, Y. (in prep. The Holocene) Greece: regional land cover, vegetation andsettlement.

Roberts, N, Fyfe, R., Shennan, S.,Bevan, A., Woodbridge, J. and Palmisano, A. (in prep. The Holocene) The changing face of the Mediterranean:inter-regional comparisons.


Book chapters

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



Woodbridge, J. (2014) Trophic Diatom Index ofSouthwest Rivers. Report to Westcountry Rivers Trust.

Fyfe, R.M., Head, K., Hazell, Z. and Woodbridge, J. (2012) Palaeoecological analyses, Pen-y-Gwryd,Snowdonia. Report for Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Fyfe, R.M., Woodbridge,J. and Rowe, J. (2010) Archaeologicaland palaeoecological survey at Hangingstone Hill, Winney’s Down and Broad Down,Dartmoor. Report for DartmoorNational Park Authority.

Other academic activities

Committee membership:

2014 - present: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Athena SWAN)

2013-2014 Geography Research Committee (Post-Doctoral representative)

Editorial role:

2014: INQUA HaBCom Newsletter


Leverhulme Trust-funded Deforesting Europe project