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Mary Edwards

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School of Geography and Environment University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Official position at
address above:
Affiliate Scientist

Education Ph.D.-Cambridge University

Roles/Affiliations: Institute of Arctic Biology

Research Emphasis

Core Areas:
Categories: Climate
Keywords: paleoclimate


  • A 6500-year long isotope data and radio carbon ages at treeline from Swampbuggy and Nutella Lakes in central Alaska
  • A 6500-year long pollen record at treeline from Swampbuggy and Nutella Lakes in central Alaska: Pollen records
  • Age data from Deuce and Dune Lakes, Interior Alaska
  • Characteristics and variation in lakes along a north-south gradient in Alaska
  • Paleoecological pollen data from Deuce and Dune Lakes, Interior Alaska

  • Publications (17)

    Journal Articles:

    Edwards, M., L. Franklin-Smith, C. Clarke, J. Baker, S. Hill, K. Gallagher. 2015 The role of fire in the mid-Holocene arrival and expansion of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia Engelm. Ex S. Watson) in Yukon, Canada. The Holocene 25. pp. 64-78. doi: 10.1177/0959683614556389

    Walter, K. M., M. E. Edwards, G. Grosse, F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov. 2007 Thermokarst lakes as a source of atmospheric CH4 during the last deglaciation. Science 318:633-636. DOI: 10.1126/science.1142924

    Anderson, L., Abbott, M.B., Finney, B.P. and Edwards, M.E. 2005 Paleohydrology of the Southwest Yukon Territory, Canada, based on Multi-proxy Analyses of Lake Sediment Cores from a Depth Transect. The Holocene, 12 2005; vol. 15: pp. 1172 - 1183. DOI:10.1191/0959683605hl889rp

    Edwards, M. E., L. B. Brubaker, A. V. Lozhkin, and P. M. Anderson. 2005 Structurally novel biomes: A response to past warming in Beringia. Ecology 86:1696-1703.

    Bigelow, N.H., L. B. Brubaker, M. E. Edwards, S. P. Harrison, I. C. Prentice, P. M. Anderson, A. A. Andreev, P.J. Bartlein, T.R. Christensen, W. Cramer, J. O. Kaplan, A. V. Lozhkin, N.V. Matveyeva, D. F. Murray, A.D. McGuire, V.Y. Razzhivin, J. C. Ritchie, B. Smith, D.A. Walker, K. Gajewski, V. Wolf, B. Holmqvist, U. Igarashi, K. Kremenestskii, A. Paus, M. F. J. Pisaric, and V. S. Volkova. 2003 Climate change and Arctic ecosystems I: Vegetation changes north of 55o N between the last glacial maximum, mid-Holocene and present. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(D19), 8170, doi:10.1029/2002JD002558.

    Kaplan, J.O., N.H. Bigelow, P.J. Bartlein, T.R. Christensen, W. Cramer, S.P. Harrison, N.V. Matveyeva, A.D. McGuire, D.F. Murray, I.C. Prentice, V.Y. Razzhivin, B. Smith, D.A. Walker, P.M. Anderson, A.A. Andreev, L.B. Brubaker, M.E. Edwards, A.V. Lozhkin. 2003 Climate change and Arctic ecosystems II: Modeling, paleodat-model comparisons, and future projections. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(D19), 8171, doi:10.1029/2002JD002559.

    Lynch, J.A., J.S. Clark, N.H. Bigelow, M.E. Edwards and B.P. Finney. 2003 Geographic and temporal variations in fire history in boreal ecostyems of Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(D1):FFR: 8-1 to 8-17. (DOI 10.1029/2001JD000332).

    Edwards, M.E., Mock, C., Finney, B., Barber, V. and Bartlein, P. 2001. Modern climate analogues of paleoclimatic variations in eastern interior Alaska during the past 14,000 years: Atmospheric-circulation controls of regional temperature and moisture responses. Quaternary Science Reviews 20: 189-202.

    Abbott, M.B., B.P. Finney, M.E. Edwards, and K.R. Kelts. 2000. Lake-level reconstructions and paleohydrology of Birch Lake, central Alaska, based on seismic reflection profiles and core transects. Quaternary Research 53: 154-166.

    Edwards, M., Bigelow, N., Finney. B. and Eisner, W.R. 2000. Records of aquatic pollen and sediment properties as indicators of late-Quaternary Alaskan lake levels. Journal of Paleolimnology 24: 55-68.

    Gregory-Eaves, I., J.P. Smol, B.P. Finney, D.R.S. Lean and M.E. Edwards. 2000. Characteristics and variation in lakes along a north-south transect in Alaska. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie 147:193-223.

    Elias, S., S. Hamilton, M. Edwards, J. Beget, A. Krumhardt and C. Lavoie. 1999. Late Pleistocene environments of the western Noatak Basin, northwestern Alaska. Geological Society of America Bulletin 111:769-789.

    Gregory-Eaves, I., J.P. Smol, B.P. Finney, D.R.S. Lean and M. Edwards. 1999. Diatom-based transfer functions for infering past climatic and environmental changes in Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 31:353-365.

    Beget, J., M. Edwards, D. Hopkins, M. Keskinen and G. Kukla. 1991. Old Crow tephra found at the Palisades of the Yukon, Alaska. Quaternary Research 35:291-296.


    Book Chapters:

    Chapin, F.S., III, A.D. McGuire, R.W. Ruess, M.W. Walker, R. Boone, M. Edwards, B. Finney, L.D. Hinzman, J. B. Jones, G.P. Juday, E.S. Kasischke, K. Kielland, A.H. Lloyd, M.W. Oswood, C.-L. Ping, E. Rexstad, V. Romanovsky, J. Schimel, E. Sparrow, B. Sveinbjornsson, D.W. Valentine, K. Van Cleve, D.L. Verbyla, L.A. Viereck, R.A. Werner, T.L. Wurtz, and J. Yarie.. 2006. Summary and synthesis: Past and future changes in the Alaskan boreal forest. Pages 332-338 in F.S. Chapin, III, M. Oswood, K. Van Cleve, L.A. Viereck, and D.L. Verbyla (Eds.) Alaska's Changing Boreal Forest. Oxford University Press, New York.

    Lloyd, A. H., M. E. Edwards, B. P. Finney, J. A. Lynch, V. Barber, and N. H. Bigelow. 2006. Holocene development of the Alaskan boreal forest. Pages 62-78 in F. S. Chapin, III, M. W. Oswood, K. Van Cleve, L. A. Viereck, and D. L. Verbyla, editors. Alaska's Changing Boreal Forest. Oxford University Press, New York.

    Sher, A., M. Edwards, J. Beget, G. Berger, D. Guthrie, S. Preece, E. Virina and J. Westgate. 1997. The stratigraphy of the Russian Trench at Gold Hill, Fairbanks, Alaska. Pages 31-40 in M. Edwards , A. Sher and D. Guthrie, editors. Terrestrial paleoenvironmental studies in Beringia. Alaska Quaternary Center, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.

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