Dr Ash Parton

Reader in Physical/Environmental Geography

School of Law and Social Sciences

Ash Parton


Ash came to Oxford Brookes University 2015, where he became a lecturer in physical geography. Prior to this he held a research position within the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, as the lead palaeoenvironmental specialist for the Palaeodeserts Project (2012-2015), and prior to this as a Research Fellow in the Human Origins and Palaeoenvironments (HOPE) research group at Oxford Brookes University (2010-2012).

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • U21175 Arid Zones
  • U21147 Geoarchaeology
  • U21126 Geograpgical Enquiry and Field Research
  • U21180 Geographical Research and Practice

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Kira Raith Quaternary climate change and landscape evolution of Southeast Arabia Active


Dr Ash Parton is a palaeoenvironmental scientist with interests in the dynamics and periodicity of long-term climate change in drylands, and the potential effects of such changes on human populations. In particular, his research focuses on Pleistocene climatic and environmental change throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and the development of a broad spatio-temporal framework of geomorphic, hydrological and biogeographic changes throughout the region. This research has helped to develop our understanding of early human population movements out of Africa and prehistoric techno-cultural trajectories through the Saharan-Arabian Desert belt, and elucidate the principal driving mechanisms and periodicity of sub-tropical climate change over millennial-to-orbital timescales. 

Further information


Projects as Co-investigator

  • DNA and The Ancient Flora of Oman: A Research and Training Partnership(01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023), funded by: The Anglo-Omani Society, funding amount received by Brookes: £45,000, funded by: The Anglo-Omani Society
  • sedaDNA, Environmental Changes and Demography In Oman(01/09/2019 - 31/07/2024), funded by: Society of Antiquities of London, funding amount received by Brookes: £14,907, funded by: Society of Antiquities of London


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