Dr Darren Jeffers

Stipendiary Lecturer in Physical Geography

BA (hons), D.Phil.

Darren returned to higher education after travelling the world for nearly 10 years, during which time he visited over a hundred countries on six continents. Travelling enabled him to indulge his passions for the environment and history. He considers the highlights of his years travelling as tracking Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) on the border of Rwanda and Uganda, travelling down the Amazon, trekking to Mountain Everest basecamp, visiting archaeological sites in the Fertile Crescent and the Nile Valley and travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway.


Darren’s research takes a long-term approach to the study of ecology and conservation. Specifically he uses long-term (greater than 50 years) ecological data derived from micro-fossil plant remains recovered from lake sediments, tree rings, museum and herbarium specimens and plants grown under future predicted environmental conditions to investigate how species interact with the environment where they exist. His current research topics fall into three areas: (i) Climate Change and the disruption of plant-pollinator interactions in the British Isles (ii) Reconstruction of wood biomass & nitrogen dynamics in Wytham Wood (iii) Holocene vegetation dynamics and climatic change in the Near East (Cyprus).


  • Jeffers, D and K.J. Willis (2016) Landscape erosion, karstic activity and the development of a wetland in the southern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon during the last glacial period. Wetlands, DOI 10.1007/s13157-016-0761-8
  • Jeffers, D and K.J. Willis (2014) Vegetation response to climate change during the last interglacial-last glacial transition in the southern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.Palynology, 38(2) 195-206
  • Jeffers, D Foraging behaviour of Bombus pomorum that went extinct from the British Isles in the nineteenth century. (in review, The journal of apicultural research)
  • Jeffers, D and K.J. Willis Eastern Mediterranean montane vegetation variability through the last glacial cycle-a record from the Bekaa Valley Lebanon. (in review, Journal of Quaternary Science)
  • Jeffers, D and K.J. Willis Fire-vegetation interactions during the last glacial period in the Eastern Mediterranean (in review, Journal of Arid Environments).