Joe joined Oxford Brookes University in July 2017 as a lecturer in Physical / Environmental Geography.
His research focus is on montane and tropical palaeoecosystem ecology, investigating long-term biogeochemical cycling, human impacts, and specific linkages/feedbacks across terrestrial-freshwater systems.
He is an expert in a range of field and laboratory based sediment core analyses, including; ecological surveys, core retrieval, processing and description, chronological establishment, fossil pollen/spore, charcoal and macroinvertebrate identification, geochemical determination, and the associated ecological interpretations of palaeolimnological records.
He has specific fieldwork experience with sediment coring and landscape ecological assessment in remote locations. His areas of interest include the Andes (Bolivia / Ecuador), lake systems in North America, New Zealand, and the Scottish and Welsh mountain ranges in the UK.
Since 2020, Joe has been the Subject Co-oridnator for Geography, and also held an interin role as Programme Lead during 21/22.
Teaching and supervision
Joe has a wide range of teaching experience across both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
He currently contributes to the following modules:
- U21104: Introduction to Environmental Geography
- U21106: Concepts in Geography
- U21126: Geographical Enquiry and Field Research
- U21148: Independent Study:Work and Community Related Learning
- U21173: Expedition
- U21180: Geographical Research & Practice
- U21198: Geography Dissertation
- Chironomid Assemblage of Devils Lake, Wisconsin, USA
- Long-Term Environmental Change in the Ecuadorian Tropical Andes - Volcán Cayambe
Williams RD, Griffiths HM, Carr JR, Hepburn AJ, Gibson M, Williams JJ, Irvine-Fynn TDL, 'Integrating historical, geomorphological and sedimentological insights to reconstruct past floods: Insights from Kea Point, Mt. Cook Village, Aotearoa New Zealand'
Geomorphology 398 (2021)
ISSN: 0169-555XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Khider D, Emile-Geay J, McKay N, Gil Y, Garijo D, Ratnakar V, Alonso-Garcia M, Bertrand S, Bothe O, Brewer P, Bunn A, Chevalier M, Comas-Bru L, Csank A, Dassié E, DeLong K, Felis T, Francus P, Frappier A, Gray W, Goring S, Jonkers L, Kahle M, Kaufman D, Kehrwald N, Martrat B, McGregor H, Richey J, Schmittner A, Scroxton N, Sutherland E, Thirumalai K, Allen K, Arnaud F, Axford Y, Barrows TT, Bazin L, Pilaar Birch S, Bradley E, Bregy J, Capron E, Cartapanis O, Chiang H, Cobb K, Debret M, Dommain R, Du J, Dyez K, Emerick S, Erb M, Falster G, Finsinger W, Fortier D, Gauthier N, George S, Grimm E, Hertzberg J, Hibbert F, Hillman A, Hobbs W, Huber M, Hughes A, Jaccard S, Ruan J, Kienast M, Konecky B, Le Roux G, Lyubchich V, Novello V, Olaka L, Partin J, Pearce C, Phipps S, Pignol C, Piotrowska N, Poli M, Prokopenko A, Schwanck F, Stepanek C, Swann G, Telford R, Thomas E, Thomas Z, Truebe S, Gunten L, Waite A, Weitzel N, Wilhelm B, Williams J, Williams J J, Winstrup M, Zhao N, Zhou Y, 'PaCTS 1.0: A Crowdsourced Reporting Standard for Paleoclimate Data'
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 34 (10) (2019) pp.1570-1596
ISSN: 2572-4525Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
McLauchlan KK, Lascu I, Mellicant E, Scharping RJ, Williams JJ, 'Influences of forested and grassland vegetation on Late Quaternary ecosystem development as recorded in lacustrine sediments'
Quaternary Research 92 (1) (2019) pp.201-215
ISSN: 0033-5894 eISSN: 1096-0287Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Valencia B, Matthews-Bird F, Urrego D, Williams J, Gosling W, Bush M, 'Andean microrefugia: testing the Holocene to predict the Anthropocene'
New Phytologist 212 (2) (2016) pp.510-522
ISSN: 0028-646XAbstract Published here
Williams J, McLauchlan K, Mueller J, Mellicant E, Myrbo A, Lascu I, 'Ecosystem development following deglaciation: A new sedimentary record from Devils Lake, Wisconsin, USA'
Quaternary Science Reviews 125 (2015) pp.131-143
ISSN: 0277-3791Abstract Published here
Keen H, Gosling W, Hanke F, Miller C, Montoya E, Valencia B, Williams J, 'A statistical sub-sampling tool for extracting vegetation community and diversity information from pollen assemblage data'
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 408 (2014) pp.48-59
ISSN: 0031-0182Abstract Published here
McLauchlan K, Higuera P, Gavin D, Perakis S, Mack M, Alexander H, Battles J, Biondi F, Buma B, Colombaroli D, Enders S, Engstrom D, Hu F, Marlon J, Marshall J, McGlone M, Morris J, Nave L, Shuman B, Smithwick E, Urrego D, Wardle D, Williams C, Williams J, 'Reconstructing disturbances and their biogeochemical consequences over multiple timescales'
BioScience 64 (2) (2014) pp.105-116
ISSN: 0006-3568 eISSN: 525-3244Abstract Published here
Mueller J, Long C, Williams J, Nurse A, Mclauchlan K, 'The relative controls on forest fires and fuel source fluctuations in the Holocene deciduous forests of southern Wisconsin, USA'
Journal of Quaternary Science 29 (6) (2014) pp.561-569
ISSN: 0267-8179Abstract Published here
Gosling W, Williams J, 'Ecosystem service provision sets the pace for pre-Hispanic societal development in the central Andes'
Holocene 23 (11) (2013) pp.1619-1624
ISSN: 0959-6836Published here
McLauchlan K, Williams J, Engstrom D, 'Nutrient cycling in the palaeorecord: Fluxes from terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems'
Holocene 23 (11) (2013) pp.1635-1643
ISSN: 0959-6836Published here
McLauchlan K, Williams J, Craine J, Jeffers E, 'Changes in global nitrogen cycling during the Holocene epoch'
Nature 495 (7441) (2013) pp.352-355
ISSN: 0028-0836Published here
Williams J, Morris J, Perakis S, 'Reconstructing the biogeochemical consequences of disturbances'
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 93 (47) (2012) pp.476-
ISSN: 0096-3941 eISSN: 2324-9250Abstract Published here
Williams J, Brooks S, Gosling W, 'Response of chironomids to late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change in the eastern Bolivian Andes'
Journal of Paleolimnology 48 (3) (2012) pp.485-501
ISSN: 0921-2728Abstract Published here
Williams J, Gosling W, Coe A, Brooks S, Gulliver P, 'Four thousand years of environmental change and human activity in the Cochabamba Basin, Bolivia'
Quaternary Research 76 (1) (2011) pp.58-68
ISSN: 0033-5894Abstract Published here
Williams J, Gosling W, Brooks S, Coe A, Xu S, 'Vegetation, climate and fire in the eastern Andes (Bolivia) during the last 18,000years'
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 312 (1/2) (2011) pp.115-126
ISSN: 0031-0182Abstract Published here
Joe graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc degree in Geography (2006), with interests in Quaternary environmental change and montane ecosystems. He obtained a PhD from the Open University (2011), in partnership with the Natural History Museum, London, with doctoral research involving travel to the Bolivian and Ecuadorian Tropical Andes, and work on high elevation lake cores.
Joe undertook postdoctoral research at Kansas State University, investigating the long-term dynamics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in response to climatic and anthropogenic disturbances via the use of biological and biogeochemical sedimentary markers.
Between 2012-2017 he held a lectureship positon in Physical Geography and Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University.