Dr M Jane Bunting

Reader in Geography

Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 466068

Jane Bunting went to university intending to be a physicist and got distracted.

After earning a degree and PhD at Cambridge, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Waterloo, Ontario, and at the University of Stirling before joining the University of Hull, initially as a lecturer, in 1997.

Her research interests revolve around the understanding of the long term ecological dynamics of cultural landscapes, mostly from pollen records.

She currently works mainly on modelling pollen dispersal and deposition as a tool for reconstructing past land cover as part of various international working groups, including PolLandCal, Landclim and PAGES Landcover6k.


Research Interests

  • Temperate and northern cultural landscapes, particularly moorlands, wetlands and woodlands
  • Pollen dispersal and deposition modelling
  • Quantitative reconstruction of past land cover and land cover dynamics
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Quaternary/Holocene environmental change

Research groups

  • Likes working with other people - having many ongoing collaborations of various degrees of formality. Please contact Jane to discuss
  • Leads Sub-group9 of the PAGES working group Landcover 6k


Bunting, M.J. and Farrell, M. (2017) 'Seeing the wood for the trees: recent advances in the reconstruction of woodland in archaeological landscapes using pollen data'. Environmental Archaeology (online first - volume details to follow).

Ge, Y., Li, Y., Bunting, M.J., Li, B., Li, Z., Wang, J. and Xu, Q. (2017). 'Effects of inter-annual variability in surface soil pollen assemblages and vegetation data on estimates of Relative Pollen Productivity and Relevant Source Area of Pollen'. Science of the Total Environment 586, 25-41.

Waller, M., Da Silva, F., Grant, M.J., Bunting, M.J. and Brown, K. (2017). 'The palynology of fen systems: modern and Holocene studies from southern and eastern England'. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 238, 15-33.

Bunting, M.J., Grant, M.J. & Waller, M. (2016) 'Approaches to quantitative reconstruction of woody vegetation in managed woodlands from pollen records', Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 225, 53-66.

Bunting, M.J., Farrell, M., Broström, A., Hjelle, K.L., Mazier, F., Middleton, R., Nielsen, A.-B., Rushton, E., Shaw, H., and Twiddle, C.L. (2013) 'Palynological perspectives on vegetation survey'. Quaternary Science Reviews 82, 41-55.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us
  • Interpreting Environments
  • Frontiers in Human Geography
  • Frontiers in Physical Geography
  • Dissertation (Geography)

Research PhDs

Jane welcomes applications on any topic related to the use of pollen data and allied methods to reconstruct past environments - including developing methods, proof of concept, and application to archaeological, ecological or applied (e.g. conservation) problems.

Her own work is primarily in the northern hemisphere temperate and boreal zones, but she collaborates widely and is happy to consider projects in any part of the world.

Current PhD supervisions

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship
  • Higher Education Post-grad Teaching Certificate (Hull)

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