Dr Tom Hill

Dr Thomas Hill

Sector Leader Micropalaeontology

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences
Contact: email


Biostratigraphy, Diatom Analysis, Geoarchaeology, Holocene Sea-Level Change, LGIT, Micropalaeontology, Pollen Analysis, Quaternary Palaeoenvironments


I am a micropalaeontologist who specialises in the analysis of Quaternary sedimentary archives in order to reconstruct past environmental conditions. I specialise in the application of pollen and diatom analysis to sedimentary sequences in order to reconstruct past vegetation change and sea levels respectively. My role at the museum focuses on developing projects based on the museum's large micropalaeontology collections, in order to maximise the academic and industrial potential of these unique resources.



CPLHE, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2010

PhD, University of the West of England, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2005

BSc, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 1998 - 2001

Employment history


Micropalaeontology Sector Leader, The Natural History Museum, London, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2014 - ongoing

Micropalaeontology Museum Scientist, The Natural History museum, London, Palaeontology, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2014

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2011

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2008


Bridle A, HILL TCB, Case D, Woodland WW (2012) Pleistocene glaciation and Holocene sea-level rise in the Gordano Valley. In:. , , Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology of the Bristol District.. Geologists' Association. London.

Riding JB, Pound MJ, HILL TCB, STUKINS S, Feist-Burkhardt S (2012) The John Williams Index of Palaeopalynology. Palynology, 36 (2): 224 - 233. doi: 10.1080/01916122.2012.682512

Gearey B, Capman H, Howard A, Krawiec K, Bamforth M, Hill T (-1) Beccles Triple Post Alignment, Beccles Marshes, Suffolk: Excavation and Palaeoenvironmental Analyses of an Iron Age Wetland Site. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (London), 77 (2011): 231 - 250.

Krawiec K, Gearey B, Chapman HP, Hopla EJ, Bamforth M, Hill T, Tyers I (-1) A Late Prehistoric Timber Alignment in the Waveney Valley, Suffolk: Excavations at Barsham Marshes. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 10 (2011): 46 - 71.

Howard AJ, Gearey BR, Hill T, Fletcher W, Marshall P (2009) Fluvial sediments, correlations and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction: The development of robust radiocarbon chronologies. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (12): 2680 - 2688. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2009.08.006

Hill TCB, Woodland WA, Spencer CD, Marriott SB, Case DJ, Catt JA (2008) Devensian Late-glacial environmental change in the Gordano Valley, North Somerset, England: a rare archive for southwest Britain. Journal of Paleolimnology, 40 (1): 431 - 444. doi: 10.1007/s10933-007-9171-5

Hill TCB, Woodland WA, Spencer CD, Marriott SB (2007) Holocene sea-level change in the Severn Estuary, southwest England: a diatom-based sea-level transfer function for macrotidal settings. The Holocene, 17 (5): 639 - 648. doi: 10.1177/0959683607078988

Smith D, Hill T, Gearey B (2007) The Potential of the Organic Archive for Environmental Reconstruction: An Assessment of Selected Borehole Sediments from the North Sea. , Gaffney VL, Thomson K, Fitch S, Mapping Doggerland.. Archaeopress.