Dael Sassoon


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I am a Field and Lab technician working on Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in the Wigan Flashes Natural Reserve. The project, run by Emma Shuttleworth, Jonny Ritson and David Johnson and run collaboratively with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, focuses on monitoring GHG fluxes over the period of 1 year from a mix of habitats that have undergone various levels of management in recent decades, with an aim to improve GHG capture.

My experience includes various research projects mainly involving palynology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, including investigating the impacts of restoration on ancient woodlands in Wales and studying the dynamics of Scots pine in western central Britain. During my PhD, I studied the paleoecology of peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon. I have also recently held a post-doctoral position at the National History Museum in Paris, where I studied the influence of climate changes on Neanderthal populations in Europe by using climate reconstruction and modelling methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Physical Geography, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 6 Dec 2021

Master in Science, Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 14 Jul 2018

Bachelor of Science, Geography, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 28 Jun 2017

External positions

Postdoctoral research fellow, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle

3 Jan 202228 Feb 2023

Research intern, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Landscape and Snow Research

May 2018Jun 2018

Ancient Woodland restoration volunteer researcher, The Woodland Trust


Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • Palaeoecology
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Reconstruction
  • Climatic modelling
  • Palynology
  • Amazonia
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Mediterranean


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