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Dr Vasile Ersek

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Dr Ersek is a palaeoclimatologist and geochemist with expertise in past climate changes and human-environment interactions. His research is spanning cave and karst science, atmospheric processes, paleoclimatology/palaeoceanography, and peat geochemistry. His current research focuses on using geochemical methods in speleothems, water, and peat deposits to understand past changes in climate and environment.

Vasile Ersek

Campus Address

Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Geology BSc (Hons)
  • Geology MSc
  • Geology PhD
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Precise timing of abrupt increase in dust activity in the Middle East coincident with 4.2 ka social change, Carolin, S., Walker, R., Day, C., Ersek, V., Sloan, R., Dee, M., Talebian, M., Henderson, G. 2 Jan 2019, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • The impact of climate change on the transition of Neanderthals to modern humans in Europe, Staubwasser, M., Dragusin, V., Onac, B., Assonov, S., Ersek, V., Hoffmann, D., Veres, D. 11 Sep 2018, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Kinetic processes and stable isotopes in cave dripwaters as indicators of winter severity, Ersek, V., Onac, B., Persoiu, A. 30 Aug 2018, In: Hydrological Processes
  • Exceptionally high levels of lead pollution in the Balkans from the Early Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution, Longman, J., Veres, D., Finsinger, W., Ersek, V. 19 Jun 2018, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Robust global ocean cooling trend for the pre-industrial Common Era, McGregor, H., Evans, M., Goosse, H., Leduc, G., Martrat, B., Addison, J., Mortyn, G., Oppo, D., Seidenkrantz, M., Sicre, M., Phipps, S., Selvaraj, K., Thirumalai, K., Filipsson, H., Ersek, V. 17 Aug 2015, In: Nature Geoscience
  • Holocene winter climate variability in mid-latitude western North America, Ersek, V., Clark, P., Mix, A., Cheng, H., Edwards, L. 2012, In: Nature Communications
  • Variations of δ18O in rainwater from southwestern Oregon, Ersek, V., Mix, A., Clark, P. 16 May 2010, In: Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Environmental influences on speleothem growth in southwestern Oregon during the last 380000 years, Ersek, V., Hostetler, S., Cheng, H., Clark, P., Anslow, F., Mix, A., Edwards, L. 2009, In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters

PGR Supervision

  • Annabel Wolf Start: 01/10/2017
  • Jack Longman The Carpathian-Balkans during the Holocene: Reconstructing human influences and climatic changes Start: 01/10/2014


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