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Dr Daniel Schillereff is a physical geographer seeking to better quantify human impacts on the past, present and future landscape by integrating palaeoenvironmental methods with monitoring of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including through the design and deployment of low-cost instrumentation.

He became a Lecturer in Physical Geography in September 2017, following two years as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Geography. Prior to King's, Daniel was a post-doctoral research associate on the NERC-funded LTLS project exploring long-term macro-nutrient dynamics across the UK, jointly employed by the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology in Lancaster and the University of Liverpool. He completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of Liverpool, investigating deposits of historical floods preserved in lake sediment sequences across the UK.

Daniel places Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at the centre of his research, teaching and service. As Chair of the Department of Geography EDI Committee and co-lead of the SSPP BAME Attainment workstream, he holds administrative roles that enable positive action and allyship to be delivered. Daniel is also an advocate for Open Research principles in all aspects of academic work. He is an Associate Editor on The Anthropocene Review, which publishes research pertaining to all aspects of the Anthropocene.


  • Augmenting flood risk analysis using palaeohydrological data
  • Macronutrient dynamics in lakes, peatlands and soils
  • Palaeolimnological records of metal contamination
  • Deciphering geomorphological processes from sedimentary archives

Daniel’s research encompasses geomorphology, palaeolimnology, biogeochemistry and Quaternary science and uses field sampling, laboratory measurements and computational analysis to explore human drivers of past and future environmental change. Current research foci include: (i) quantifying long-term phosphorus dynamics in peatlands and implications for carbon sequestration; (ii) the role of agricultural dust in global nutrient cycling, including the design and deployment of low-cost monitoring instrumentation and (iii) using the sedimentary archive to refine and augment flood frequency analysis.

PhD Supervision

Daniel is keen to work with PhD researchers across the broad field of environmental change. He would particularly welcome interest in his current research priorities, which include palaeoflood hydrology, carbon and nutrient cycling in lakes and peatlands, local-to-global dust dynamics and the design and deployment of low-cost instrumentation for environmental monitoring.

Further details

See Daniel's research profile