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Prof Mark Maslin
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  • Professor of Physical Geography
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Climatology at University College London. He is a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship, Executive Director of Rezatec Ltd and Director of The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation and the Sopria-Steria Group and a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has publish over 155 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and The Lancet. He has been PI or Co-I on grants worth over £45 million (including 27 NERC, 2 EPSRC, 2 DIFD, 2 Carbon Trust, 2 ESA, 3 Technology Strategy Board, Royal Society and DECC). His areas of scientific expertise include causes of past and future global climate change and its effects on the global carbon cycle, biodiversity, rainforests and human evolution. He also works on monitoring land carbon sinks using remote sensing and ecological models and international and national climate change policies.

Professor Maslin has presented over 45 public talks over the last three years including UK Space conference, Oxford, Cambridge, RGS, Tate Modern, Royal Society of Medicine, Fink Club, Frontline Club, British Museum, Natural History Museum, Goldman Sachs, the Norwegian Government, UNFCCC COP and the WTO. He has supervised 10 Research fellows, 14 PhD students and over 20 MSc students. He has also have written 8 popular books, over 30 popular articles (e.g., for New Scientist, The Times, Independent and Guardian), appeared on radio and television (including Timeteam, Newsnight, Dispatches, Horizon, The Today Programme, Material World, BBC News, Channel 5 News, and Sky News. His popular book “Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction” by Oxford University Press is now in its third edition and has sold over 40,000 copies. He has subsequently published another title “Climate: A Very Short Introduction” in the same series. Maslin was also a co-author of the seminal Lancet report ‘Managing the health effects of climate change’ and the Lancet review paper on the health links between Population, Development and Climate Change. He was included in Who’s Who for the first time in 2009 and was granted a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for the study of early human evolution in East Africa in 2011.
Research Summary

Maslin's research has been underpinned by his participation in international funded research expeditions (e.g., IMAGES, Ocean Drilling Program), fieldwork in Africa (2003; 2007; 2010) and invited study visits (e.g., Yale, Potsdam, Berne, Penn State, Stony Brook, Rio de Janeiro, Smithsonian Institute and Turkana Basin Institute). He has published over 165 papers in journals such as Nature (9), Science (4), Geology (8), Nature Geosciences (2), Nature Climate Change (2), The Lancet (6), PTRS (7) and Paleoceanography (10). His citation count is currently over 9500* (with >1025 citation in 2016), H=51 and i10 index=128 (Google) with 28 papers that have been cited over 100 times. He has also published 11 books, 16 book chapters, 6 edited volumes and over 45 popular articles/blogs. Maslin has been an Associate Editor of Quaternary Science Review, Geographical Journal and Nature Scientific Reports. Maslin currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award for his work on early Human Evolution in East Africa. Maslin’s major research areas are as follows:

1. Early human evolution in Africa

2. Defining the Anthropocene

3. Past and future of the Amazon rainforest

4. Continental slope stability and gas hydrates

5. Quaternary climate transitions, cycles and thresholds

6. Global green and low carbon economy

7. Climate change, population, development and global health
Academic Background
1993   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1989   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Bristol
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