Photographer: W.D. Gosling

Dr W.D. (William) Gosling

Associate Professor
  • Faculty of Science
    IBED
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Room number: C4.219
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94248
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
  • W.D.Gosling@uva.nl
    T: 0205257821
    T: 020-525 7821

William is an Associate Professor in Palaeoecology at the University of Amsterdam, and Head of the Department of Ecosystem & Landscape Dynamics within the Institute of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). He has published widely on past environmental change in the tropics and co-ordinates the "Ecology of the past" blog; where details of his current research and teaching activity can be found.

Coring Lake Erazo as part of the XPERT field school (Ecuador, 2015)

In his research and education William seeks to place current concerns related to on-going, and projected, climate change into a longer term context by examining multiple aspects of the fossil record. He is an expert in tropical pollen and environmental change during the Quaternary (last 2.6 million years). He works closely with other researchers to gain insights into past ecosystem function through the examination of many different lines of evidence, including: fossil charcoal (fire history), phytoliths (local vegetation change), and organic geochemistry (plant response to environmental change).

William has active research projects in the Andes, Amazon, West Africa, and the Netherlands with a particular interests in vegetation-human-climate interactions and biogeography. His teaching is focused on two courses at the University of Amsterdam:

  1. Palaeoecology (BSc level), and
  2. Environments through time (MSc level).

Both courses are taught in English, include a strong practical element (laboratory, field and computer), and are suitable for students with biology, Earth science, physical geography, or archaeology backgrounds.

With his personl research William supports a number of BSc, MSc, PhD and post-doctoral projects. If you are intereted in joining the team please get in contact.

Research and education project updates can be found on the Ecology of the past blog.

Publication list on ORCID.

Human modified landscape around Lake Pacucha (Peru)

The Open University

 

British Ecological Society

 

Associate Editor

 

Natural Environmental Research Council  

 

Past Global Changes LANDCOVER6K working group (a Future Earth research project)

  • Coordinator for land-cover research in the Latin America region (2015-present)

 

 

Qualifications

Appointments

  • Head of Department of Ecosystem & Landscape Dynamics (2017-present)
    Head of Research Group of Palaeoecology & Landscape Ecology (2014-2017)
    Associate Professor in Palaeoecology (2014-present)
    Institute of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam
  • Senior Lecturer in Earth Science (2013-2014)
    Lecturer in Earth Science (2010-2013)
    Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in Ecosystem Science (2005-2010)
    Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems, The Open University
  • Post-doctoral Research Scholar High resolution trans-glacial cycles of the tropical Andes (2003-2005)
    Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Technician General/Teaching (1999-2000)
    Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Publications

  • Full publication list on ORCID.

2017

  • Loughlin, N. J. D., Gosling, W. D., Coe, A. L., Gulliver, P., Mothes, P., & Montoya, E. (2017). Landscape-scale drivers of glacial ecosystem change in the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.10.011 
  • Gosling, W. D., Julier, A. C. M., Adu-Bredu, S., Djagbletey, G., Fraser, W. T., Jardine, P. E., ... Moore, S. (2017). Pollen-vegetation richness and diversity relationships in the tropics. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. DOI: 10.1007/s00334-017-0642-y 
  • Loughlin, N. J. D., Gosling, W. D., & Montoya, E. (2017). Identifying environmental drivers of fungal non-pollen palynomorphs in the montane forest of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. Quaternary Research. DOI: 10.1017/qua.2017.73 
  • Cuesta Camacho, F. X., Muriel, P., Llambí, L. D., Halloy, S., Aguirre, N., Beck, S., ... Gosling, W. D. (2017). Latitudinal and altitudinal patterns of plant community diversity on mountain summits across the tropical Andes. Ecography, [40: 001–014]. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02567 
  • Gosling, W. D., de Kruif, J., Norder, S., de Boer, E., Hooghiemstra, H., Rijsdijk, K. F., & McMichael, C. N. H. (2017). Mauritius on fire: Tracking historical human impacts on biodiversity loss. Biotropica. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12490 
  • Julier, A. C. M., Jardine, P. E., Adu-Bredu, S., Coe, A. L., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Fraser, W. T., ... Gosling, W. D. (2017). The modern pollen–vegetation relationships of a tropical forest–savannah mosaic landscape, Ghana, West Africa. Palynology. DOI: 10.1080/01916122.2017.1356392 
  • Jardine, P. E., Abernethy, F. A. J., Lomax, B. H., Gosling, W. D., & Fraser, W. T. (2017). Shedding light on sporopollenin chemistry, with reference to UV reconstructions. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 238, 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2016.11.014 
  • Matthews-Bird, F., Brooks, S. J., Gosling, W. D., Gulliver, P., & Montoya, E. (2017). Aquatic community response to volcanic eruptions on the Ecuadorian Andean flank: evidence from the palaeoecological record. Journal of Paleolimnology. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-017-0001-0 
  • Sánchez Goñi, M. F., Desprat, S., Daniau, A-L., Bassinot, F. C., Polanco-Martínez, J. M., Harrison, S. P., ... Yamamoto, M. (2017). The ACER pollen and charcoal database: a global resource to document vegetation and fire response to abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period. Earth System Science Data, 9, 679-695. DOI: 10.5194/essd-9-679-2017 

2016

2015

2014

  • Bush, M. B., De Oliveira, P. E., Raczka, M. F., Gosling, W. D., Mayle, F. E., McMichael, C. H., & Urrego, D. H. (2014). Paleoclimates of Amazonia: An ice-age view. In I. de Souza Carvalho, M. J. Garcia, C. Cunha Lana, & O. Strohschoen Jr. (Eds.), Paleontologia: Cenários de Vida - Paleoclimas Volume 5 (pp. 353-367). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Editora Interciência Ltda.. [details] 
  • Cárdenas, M. L., Gosling, W. D., Pennington, R. T., Poole, I., Sherlock, S. C., & Mothes, P. (2014). Forests of the tropical eastern Andean flank during the middle Pleistocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 393, 76-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.10.009  [details] 
  • Fraser, W. T., Lomax, B. H., Jardine, P. E., Gosling, W. D., & Sephton, M. A. (2014). Pollen and spores as a passive monitor of ultraviolet radiation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2, 12. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00012  [details] 
  • Fraser, W. T., Watson, J. S., Sephton, M. A., Lomax, B. H., Harrington, G., Gosling, W. D., & Self, S. (2014). Changes in spore chemistry and appearance with increasing maturity. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 201, 41-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2013.11.001  [details] 
  • Keen, H. F., Gosling, W. D., Hanke, F., Miller, C. S., Montoya, E., Valencia, B. G., & Williams, J. J. (2014). A statistical sub-sampling tool for extracting vegetation community and diversity information from pollen assemblage data. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 408, 48-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.05.001  [details] 
  • Miller, C. S., & Gosling, W. D. (2014). Quaternary forest associations in lowland tropical West Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews, 84, 7-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.10.027  [details] 
  • Sayer, E. J., Featherstone, H. C., & Gosling, W. D. (2014). Sex & Bugs & Rock ‘n Roll - Getting creative about public engagement. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(2), 65-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.12.008  [details] 

2013

  • Gosling, W. D., & Williams, J. J. (2013). Ecosystem service provision sets the pace for pre-Hispanic societal development in the central Andes. Holocene, 23, 1617-1622. DOI: 10.1177/0959683613496296 
  • Gosling, W. D., Miller, C. S., & Livingstone, D. A. (2013). Atlas of the tropical West African pollen flora. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 199, 1-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2013.01.003 
  • Roucoux, K. H., Lawson, I. T., Jones, T. D., Baker, T. R., Coronado, E. N. H., Gosling, W. D., & Lahteenoja, O. (2013). Complex vegetation succession in an Amazonian peatland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 374, 242-255. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.01.023 

2012

  • Bush, M. B., & Gosling, W. D. (2012). Environmental change in the humid tropics and monsoonal regions. In J. A. Matthews (Ed.), The Handbook of Environmental Change (Volume 1) (pp. 113-140). London: Sage.
  • Mosblech, N. A. S., Bush, M. B., Gosling, W. D., Hodell, D. A., Thomas, L., van Calsteren, P., ... van Woesik, R. (2012). North Atlantic forcing of Amazonian precipitation during the last ice age. Nature Geoscience, 5, 817-820. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO1588 
  • Williams, J. J., Brooks, S. J., & Gosling, W. D. (2012). Response of chironomids to late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change in the eastern Bolivian Andes. Journal of Paleolimnology, 48(3), 485-501. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-012-9626-1 

2011

  • Gosling, W. D., & Holden, P. B. (2011). Precessional forcing of tropical vegetation carbon storage. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26(5), 463-467. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1514 
  • Bush, M. B., Gosling, W. D., & Colinvaux, P. A. (2011). Climate and vegetation change in the lowlands of the Amazon Basin. In M. B. Bush, J. R. Flenley, & W. D. Gosling (Eds.), Tropical rainforests responses to climatic changes (2nd edition) (pp. 61-84). Chichester: Springer/Praxis.
  • Cárdenas, M. C., Gosling, W. D., Sherlock, S. C., Poole, I., Pennington, R. T., & Mothes, P. (2011). The response of vegetation on the Andean flank in western Amazonia to Pleistocene climate change. Science, 331, 1055-1058. DOI: 10.1126/science.1197947 
  • Hanselman, J. A., Bush, M. B., Gosling, W. D., Collins, A., Knox, C., Baker, P. A., & Fritz, S. C. (2011). 370,000-year record of vegetation and fire history around Lake Titicaca (Bolivia/Peru). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 305, 201-214. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.03.002 
  • Williams, J. J., Gosling, W. D., Brooks, S. J., Coe, A. L., & Xu, S. (2011). Vegetation, climate and fire in the eastern Andes (Bolivia) during the last 18,000 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 312(1-2), 115-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.10.001 
  • Williams, J. J., Gosling, W. D., Coe, A. L., Brooks, S. J., & Gulliver, P. (2011). Four thousand years of environmental change and human activity in the Cochabamba Basin, Bolivia. Quaternary Research, 76, 58-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2011.03.004 

2010

  • Bush, M. B., Hanselman, J. A., & Gosling, W. D. (2010). Non-linear climate change and Andean feedbacks: An imminent turning point? Global Change Biology, 16(12), 3223-3232. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02203.x 

2009

  • Gosling, W. D., Hanselman, J. A., Knox, C., Valencia, B. G., & Bush, M. B. (2009). Long term drivers of change in Polylepis woodland distribution in the central Andes. Journal of Vegetation Science, 20, 1041-1052. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2009.01102.x 
  • Gosling, W. D., Mayle, F. E., Tate, N. J., & Killeen, T. J. (2009). Differentiation between Neotropical rainforest, dry forest, and savannah ecosystems by their modern pollen spectra and implications for the fossil pollen record. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 153(1-2), 70-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2008.06.007 
  • Marchant, R., Cleef, A., Harrison, S. P., Hooghiemstra, H., Markgraf, V., van Boxel, J., ... Wille, M. (2009). Pollen-based biome reconstructions for Latin America at 0, 6000 and 18 000 radiocarbon years ago. Climate of the Past, 5(4), 725-767. DOI: 10.5194/cp-5-725-2009  [details] 

2008

  • Gosling, W. D., & Bunting, M. J. (2008). A role for palaeoecology in anticipating future change in mountain regions? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 259(1), 1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.10.017 
  • Gosling, W. D., Bush, M. B., Hanselman, J. A., & Chepstow-Lusty, A. (2008). Glacial-interglacial changes in moisture balance and the impact on vegetation in the southern hemisphere tropical Andes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 259(1), 35-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.02.050 

2017

  • Sánchez Goñi, M. F., Desprat, S., Daniau, A-L., Bassinot, F. C., Polanco-Martínez, J. M., Harrison, S. P., ... Yamamoto, M. (2017). The ACER pollen and charcoal database: a global resource to document vegetation and fire response to abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period. Earth System Science Data Discussions. DOI: 10.5194/essd-2017-4 

2015

2014

  • Bush, M. B., Raczka, M. F., de Oliveira, P., Gosling, W. D., Mayle, F. E., Urrego, D. H., & McMichael, C. N. H. (2014). Amazonia: an ice-age view. In Paleoclimas - Série Paleontologia: Cenários de Vida. (pp. 341-356). Sao Paulo, Brazil: Interciência.

2011

  • Cárdenas, M. C., Gosling, W. D., Sherlock, S. C., Poole, I., Pennington, R. T., & Mothes, P. (2011). Response to comment on "The response of vegetation on the Andean flank in western Amazonia to Pleistocene climate change". Science, 333, 1825. DOI: 10.1126/science.1207888 

2009

  • Marchant, R., Harrison, S. P., Hooghiemstra, H., Markgraf, V., van Boxel, J. H., Ager, T., ... Wille, M. (2009). Pollen-based biome reconstructions for Latin America at 0, 6000 and 18 000 radiocarbon years. Climate of the Past Discussions, 5(1), 369-461. DOI: 10.5194/cpd-5-369-2009  [details] 
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  • British Ecological Society
    Chair of Education, Taining and Careers Committee
  • The Open University
    Visiting Fellow

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