Dr Tom Hill

Dr Thomas Hill

Sector Leader Micropalaeontology

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences
Contact: email
NERC Quaternary Palaeoecolocy Advanced Training Short Course
The BP Micropalaeontology Project

Specialisms

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

Summary

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.

Qualifications

Degrees

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

Academic

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

Highlighted publications

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

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, et al. (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

Grants

NERC Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course 2015
Co-investigator: Brooks S
Funding: NERC
Total value £17,829 (to Museum £17,829)
Dates: 2015 - 2015

NERC Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course 2014
Co-investigator: Brooks S
Funding: NERC
Total value £16,578 (to Museum £16,578)
Dates: 2014 - 2014

The Mesolithic of the wetland/dryland edge in the Somerset Levels
Funding: English Heritage
Total value £9,200 (to Museum £9,200)
Dates: 2013 - 2014

Queens Sedgemoor, Somerset - Radio Carbon Dating
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
Total value £700 (to Museum £700)
Dates: 2012 - 2013

Harnessing the Holocene chronology and landscape evolution of the Somerset Levels, UK
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: Somerset County Council
Total value £2,500 (to Museum £2,500)
Dates: 2012 - 2013

Other projects

The BP PalaeoGIS Project: Phase 2.
Role: Leader
Funding: Museum development
Dates: 2015 - 2017.

The BP PalaeoGIS Project: Phase 1.
Role: Leader
Funding: Museum development
Dates: 2014 - 2015.

Fellowships

Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA),

Fellow Royal Geographical Society (FRGS),

Events

Organisation

Organiser, Extinction: The Quaternary Persepective, (Conference),

Organiser, The Micropalaeontological Society Conference 2013, (Conference),

Publications

Bamforth M, Hill T, Krawiec K, Fletcher W, Good C (2016) Holocene Environments, the Archaeological Record and Human Activity in the Suffolk River Valleys: Synthesis, Discussion and Conclusions, In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 176 - 200.

Hill T, Hopla E, Krawiec K (2016) Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of the Suffolk River Valleys: Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental Commercial Projects 2005–2012, In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapmam H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 39 - 74.

Hill T, Marshall P, Fletcher W (2016) The Suffolk River Valleys Project (SRVP) Phases I and II (2006–2008), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and geoarchaeological investigations of the Suffolk river valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 12 - 37.

Krawiec K, Bamforth M, Hill T (2016) Archaeological Excavations and Analyses of other Late Prehistoric Timber Alignments in the Waveney Valley: excavations at Barsham (2007) and Geldeston (2011), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 139 - 157.

Bell M, Brunning M, Batchelor R, Hill T, Wilkinson K (2015) The Mesolithic of the wetland / dryland edge in the Somerset Levels.

Fox LR, Hill T, Stukins S, Bailey H, Miller G (2015) BP Micropalaeontology project: Mapping palaeoenvironmental changes through geological time. The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference, 16 - 16 11 11

Hill T, Stukins S, Fox L, Bailey H, Miller G (2015) The BP Palaeo-GIS project: A review of progress to date regarding the reappraisal of the former British Petroleum collection at the Natural History Museum, London. Oral Presentation. The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference, 16 - 16 11 11

Simmons M, Hughes GW, Whittaker JE, Hill T, Stukins S, Smith K (2015) Stratigraphic Sudoku - Making the Most of Microfossils in the Middle East. Oral Presentation. The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference, 16 - 16 11 11

Stukins S, Hill T, Miller CG, Smith KV (2014) The BP Palaeo-GIS project: the reappraisal of previously unused microfossil data from the former British Petroleum Collection at The Natural History Museum, London. The Micropalaeontological Society 3rd Annual Meeting, 19 - 19 11 1113 - 14.

Hill T, Stukins S, Whittaker JE, Hughes GW, Simmons M (2014) The Mesozoic benthonic foraminifera of the Middle East. Presented at The Micropalaeontological Society 3rd Annual Meeting.

Smith KV, Stukins S, Hill T, Miller CG, Bailey H (2014) The former British Petroleum Northwest European Reference Collection. Presented at The Micropalaeontological Society 3rd Annual Meeting.

Bridle A, Hill TCB, Case D, Woodland WW (2012) Pleistocene glaciation and Holocene sea-level rise in the Gordano Valley. In:, 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 (null) 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 (null) 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, In: Mapping Doggerland, Gaffney VL, Thomson K, Fitch S (Eds). Archaeopress : 131.

Contributed Publications

Hill T, Hopla E, Krawiec K (2016) Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of the Suffolk River Valleys: Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental Commercial Projects 2005–2012, In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapmam H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 39 - 74.

Hill T, Marshall P, Fletcher W (2016) The Suffolk River Valleys Project (SRVP) Phases I and II (2006–2008), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and geoarchaeological investigations of the Suffolk river valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 12 - 37.

Krawiec K, Bamforth M, Hill T (2016) Archaeological Excavations and Analyses of other Late Prehistoric Timber Alignments in the Waveney Valley: excavations at Barsham (2007) and Geldeston (2011), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 139 - 157.

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, In: Mapping Doggerland, Gaffney VL, Thomson K, Fitch S (Eds). Archaeopress : 131.

Courses taught

Postgraduate: 2015 NERC ATSC Quaternary Palaeoecology
NHM
11/2015 - 12/2015.

MSc: RHUL Quaternary Microfossils 2015
3/2015.

Postgraduate: 2014 NERC ATSC Quaternary Palaeoecology
NHM
12/2014.

MSc: RHUL Quaternary Microfossils 2014
3/2014.

MSc: RHUL Quaternary Palynology 2014
2/2014.

Awards

The Micropalaeontoloyical Society Alan Higgins Award, 16/11/2015.

Introduction

Summary

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.

Qualifications

Degrees

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

Academic

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

Highlighted publications

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

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, et al. (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

Projects

Grants

NERC Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course 2015
Co-investigator: Brooks S
Funding: NERC
Total value £17,829 (to Museum £17,829)
Dates: 2015 - 2015

NERC Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course 2014
Co-investigator: Brooks S
Funding: NERC
Total value £16,578 (to Museum £16,578)
Dates: 2014 - 2014

The Mesolithic of the wetland/dryland edge in the Somerset Levels
Funding: English Heritage
Total value £9,200 (to Museum £9,200)
Dates: 2013 - 2014

Queens Sedgemoor, Somerset - Radio Carbon Dating
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
Total value £700 (to Museum £700)
Dates: 2012 - 2013

Harnessing the Holocene chronology and landscape evolution of the Somerset Levels, UK
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: Somerset County Council
Total value £2,500 (to Museum £2,500)
Dates: 2012 - 2013

Other projects

The BP PalaeoGIS Project: Phase 2.
Role: Leader
Funding: Museum development
Dates: 2015 - 2017.

The BP PalaeoGIS Project: Phase 1.
Role: Leader
Funding: Museum development
Dates: 2014 - 2015.

Professional activities

Fellowships

Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA),

Fellow Royal Geographical Society (FRGS),

Events

Organisation

Organiser, Extinction: The Quaternary Persepective, (Conference),

Organiser, The Micropalaeontological Society Conference 2013, (Conference),

Publications

Publications

Bamforth M, Hill T, Krawiec K, Fletcher W, Good C (2016) Holocene Environments, the Archaeological Record and Human Activity in the Suffolk River Valleys: Synthesis, Discussion and Conclusions, In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 176 - 200.

Hill T, Hopla E, Krawiec K (2016) Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of the Suffolk River Valleys: Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental Commercial Projects 2005–2012, In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapmam H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 39 - 74.

Hill T, Marshall P, Fletcher W (2016) The Suffolk River Valleys Project (SRVP) Phases I and II (2006–2008), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and geoarchaeological investigations of the Suffolk river valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 12 - 37.

Krawiec K, Bamforth M, Hill T (2016) Archaeological Excavations and Analyses of other Late Prehistoric Timber Alignments in the Waveney Valley: excavations at Barsham (2007) and Geldeston (2011), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 139 - 157.

Bell M, Brunning M, Batchelor R, Hill T, Wilkinson K (2015) The Mesolithic of the wetland / dryland edge in the Somerset Levels.

Fox LR, Hill T, Stukins S, Bailey H, Miller G (2015) BP Micropalaeontology project: Mapping palaeoenvironmental changes through geological time. The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference, 16 - 16 11 11

Hill T, Stukins S, Fox L, Bailey H, Miller G (2015) The BP Palaeo-GIS project: A review of progress to date regarding the reappraisal of the former British Petroleum collection at the Natural History Museum, London. Oral Presentation. The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference, 16 - 16 11 11

Simmons M, Hughes GW, Whittaker JE, Hill T, Stukins S, Smith K (2015) Stratigraphic Sudoku - Making the Most of Microfossils in the Middle East. Oral Presentation. The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference, 16 - 16 11 11

Stukins S, Hill T, Miller CG, Smith KV (2014) The BP Palaeo-GIS project: the reappraisal of previously unused microfossil data from the former British Petroleum Collection at The Natural History Museum, London. The Micropalaeontological Society 3rd Annual Meeting, 19 - 19 11 1113 - 14.

Hill T, Stukins S, Whittaker JE, Hughes GW, Simmons M (2014) The Mesozoic benthonic foraminifera of the Middle East. Presented at The Micropalaeontological Society 3rd Annual Meeting.

Smith KV, Stukins S, Hill T, Miller CG, Bailey H (2014) The former British Petroleum Northwest European Reference Collection. Presented at The Micropalaeontological Society 3rd Annual Meeting.

Bridle A, Hill TCB, Case D, Woodland WW (2012) Pleistocene glaciation and Holocene sea-level rise in the Gordano Valley. In:, 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 (null) 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 (null) 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, In: Mapping Doggerland, Gaffney VL, Thomson K, Fitch S (Eds). Archaeopress : 131.

Contributed Publications

Hill T, Hopla E, Krawiec K (2016) Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of the Suffolk River Valleys: Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental Commercial Projects 2005–2012, In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapmam H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 39 - 74.

Hill T, Marshall P, Fletcher W (2016) The Suffolk River Valleys Project (SRVP) Phases I and II (2006–2008), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and geoarchaeological investigations of the Suffolk river valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 12 - 37.

Krawiec K, Bamforth M, Hill T (2016) Archaeological Excavations and Analyses of other Late Prehistoric Timber Alignments in the Waveney Valley: excavations at Barsham (2007) and Geldeston (2011), In: Down By The River: Archaeological, Palaeoenvironmental and Geoarchaeological Investigations of The Suffolk River Valleys, Gearey B, Chapman H, Howard A (Eds). Oxbow Books : 139 - 157.

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, In: Mapping Doggerland, Gaffney VL, Thomson K, Fitch S (Eds). Archaeopress : 131.

Teaching and students

Courses taught

Postgraduate: 2015 NERC ATSC Quaternary Palaeoecology
NHM
11/2015 - 12/2015.

MSc: RHUL Quaternary Microfossils 2015
3/2015.

Postgraduate: 2014 NERC ATSC Quaternary Palaeoecology
NHM
12/2014.

MSc: RHUL Quaternary Microfossils 2014
3/2014.

MSc: RHUL Quaternary Palynology 2014
2/2014.

Impact and outreach

Awards

The Micropalaeontoloyical Society Alan Higgins Award, 16/11/2015.