Dr Timothy Allott - Research
Tim Allott's research focuses on environmental change in upland systems, with specific expertise in palaeolimnology, water quality change and the dynamics of peatlands. His early research concerned surface water acidification, using palaeolimnology and diatom analysis to evaluate trends in surface water acidity. He subsequently undertook major projects for NERC and the Department of the Environment (in its various guises!) using critical loads models to assess acidification, evaluating the importance of nitrogen in upla
Tim Allott is Reader in Physical Geography and co-convenor of the Upland Environments Research Unit at the University of Manchester. He undertook his undergraduate and doctoral studies at University College London, and from 1992 to 1999 was Deputy Director of the Environmental Change Research Centre, UCL. In 2000 he moved to the University of Manchester, and has served as Head of Geography (2003-2006) and Director of Research in the Department of Geography (2001-2003, 2009-present).
Tim has 20 years research experience on environmental change in upland areas, with emphasis on palaeolimnology, pollution studies, water quality change and the dynamics of peatland systems. He has been PI on major grants from bodies including NERC, DEFRA, and the Environment Agency, publishing more than 45 peer review publications and over 50 research reports for user organisations. His current research focuses on upland peat systems, especially in relation to their hydrological function, the legacy of atmospherically deposited pollution and the problems of peat erosion and environmental restoration. Tim is currently leading projects on the hydrological status of eroded and restored peatlands in the South Pennines. He teaches at all levels from Year 1 to MSc, including courses on Environmental Pollution, River Catchments, Upland Environments and Environmental Change and Reconstruction.