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School of Geography

Dr Thomas Kelly


Laboratory Technician

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5649
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.22.17


Tom is responsible for helping with the smooth running of the school’s laboratories – conducting analyses, running and maintaining instrumentation, supporting teaching, and ensuring that the labs are always ready for use.

Previously, Tom worked as a Chemical Laboratory Technician in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering group at Imperial College London. From 2017-2019 he held a position with the British Geological Survey as an Aqueous Chemist, focusing primarily on environmental analysis, operation of analytical instrumentation and data reporting. During his PhD at the University of Leeds his research focused on tropical wetlands, in particular the vegetation development and hydrology of peatlands in western Amazonia. Tom has experience in geological and geographical fieldwork, both within the UK and abroad, having undertaken fieldwork in the Arctic Circle and the Amazon, and most recently on Lake Victoria (Kenya).



Kelly, T.J., Lawson, I.T., Roucoux K.H, Baker, T.R., & Honorio Coronado, E.N. (2020) Patterns and drivers of development in a west Amazonian peatland during the late Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 230, 106168 DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106168

Kelly, T.J., Lawson, I.T., Roucoux K.H, Baker, T.R., Jones, T.D., Honorio Coronado, E.N., & Rivas Panduro, S. (2018) Continuous human presence without extensive ecological disturbance over the past 2500 years in an aseasonal Amazonian rainforest. Journal of Quaternary Science 33, 369-379 DOI: 10.1002/jqs.3019/full

Kelly, T.J., Cole, L.S.E., & Lawson, I.T. (2017) Peat. In: White, W. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geochemistry. Springer International: Switzerland DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39193-9_187-1

Kelly, T.J., Lawson, I.T., Roucoux K.H, Baker, T.R., Jones, T.D. & Sanderson, N.K. (2017) The vegetation history of an Amazonian domed peatland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 468, 129-141 DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.11.039

Kelly, T.J., Hardiman, M., Lovelady, M., Lowe, J.J., Matthews, I.P., & Blockley, S.P.E. (2017) Early Holocene vegetation dynamics as revealed by pollen and tephra analysis at Inverlair and Loch Etteridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Glen Roy Special Issue 128, 125-135 DOI:10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.02.008


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