Dr Francis Rowney is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. He is currently working in collaboration with a number of institutions on the NERC-funded PollerGEN project (PollerGEN). This aims to explore and identify linkages between grass pollen and human respiratory health, particularly asthma exacerbations, by bringing together public health and environmental datasets.
Francis recently completed a PhD in Physical Geography (Plymouth University), on ‘The ecology and climates of early Middle Pleistocene interglacials in Britain’. This involved the analysis of sub-fossil pollen, insects (Coleoptera) and coprophilous fungal spores to reconstruct Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironments. He maintains an active interest in Quaternary palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology, as well as in modern ecology and wildlife conservation.
Previously, Francis has been involved with meteorological pollen monitoring for the Met Office, as a research assistant based at Plymouth University. As a volunteer, he has also been involved with conservation ecology and science communication, in both academic and non-academic contexts.