Dr TOM HILL
Tom has over twenty years’ experience in applied micropalaeontology. Throughout his professional career, Tom has provided bespoke micropalaeontological services to academia and industry, with an emphasis on geoarchaeology within the commercial archaeology sector. This has often involved the development and delivery of large commercially funded projects, the associated management of specialist teams, and subsequent synthesising of large volumes of palaeoenvironmental data for clients. PERCS undertakes much of the palaeoenvironmental works in-house (namely pollen and diatom investigations), and regularly works with a wide range of specialists (beetle, molluscs, foraminifera, ostracods, waterlogged plants, charred plant, radiometric dating etc) depending on client needs.
Prior to the creation of PERCS, Tom was employed within the Department of Earth Sciences at The Natural History Museum, London, as Micropalaeontology Sector Leader and the Head of Division of Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences (EEES). Tom remains a Scientific Associate at the NHM. Before this, Tom was a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at Bath Spa University (2008-2011). Tom established his expertise in the application of microfossils to archaeological contexts whilst a Research Fellow at Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental, University of Birmingham (2005-2008).
Throughout his career, Tom has delivered a wealth of teaching, focussing on earth and environmental sciences, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Tom also provides support and associated supervision of Masters and PhD students. Tom has also led the development and delivery of postgraduate training courses, specialising in palaeoecology and micropalaeontology, including the NERC funded Advanced Training Short Course in Quaternary Palaeoecology (2014-2018). Similar teaching and training can be provided, simply get in touch.
Tom has a first class Degree in Geology and Physical Geography (BSc; University of Liverpool), a PhD in Quaternary Environments (UWE, Bristol) and a Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education (CPLHE; Bath Spa University). Tom is also accredited MCIfA at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, a Fellow of Advance HE, a member of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA), and member of The Micropalaeontological Society (TMSoc)
Details regarding Tom’s research outputs can be found below and here.
Fox L, Stukins S, Hill T, Miller CG (2020) Quantifying the Effect of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Calcifying Plankton. Scientific Reports, 10 (1) : doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-58501-w
Farrell M, Bunting MJ, Sturt F, Grant M, Aalbersberg G, Batchelor R, Brown A, Druce D, Hill T, Hollinrake A, Jones J, Tinsley H, Bayliss A, Marshall P, Richer S, Whittle A (2020) Opening the Woods: Towards a Quantification of Neolithic Clearance Around the Somerset Levels and Moors. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 27 (2) : 271 - 301. doi: 10.1007/s10816-019-09427-9
Hill, T., Hill, G., Brunning, R., Banerjea, R. Y., Fyfe, R., Hogg, A., Jones, J., Marshall, P, Perez, M., Reimer P. and Smith, D. N. (2018) A multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental investigation of sediments excavated below an Iron Age roundhouse from Glastonbury Lake Village. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 18, 2,115-137. doi: 10.1080/14732971.2018.1560064
Fox, L. Hill, T., & Stukins, S, (2018) New species of Mesozoic benthic foraminifera from the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 37, 395-401. doi: 10.5194/jm-37-395-2018
Fox, L. Hill, T., & Stukins, S, (2018) New species of Cenozoic benthic foraminifera from the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 37, 11-16. doi: 10.5194/jm-37-11-2018
Riding, J., Pound, M., Hill, T., Stukins, S., Feist-Berkhardt, S. (2012) The John Williams Index of Palaeopalynology. Palynology, 36, 2, 224-233. doi: 10.1080/01916122.2012.682512
Krawiec, K., Gearey, B, Chapman, H., Hopla, E., Bamforth, M., Griffiths, C., Hill, T, Tetlow, E. (2011) A Late Prehistoric Timber alignment in the Waveney Valley, Suffolk: Excavations at Barsham Marshes. Journal of Wetland Archaeology 10, 1, 46-71. doi: 10.1179/jwa.2011.10.1.46
Gearey B.R., Chapman, H, Howard, A., Krawiec, K, Bamforth, M, Fletcher, W, Hill, T., Marshall, P., Teltlow, E., Tyres, I. (2011). Beccles Triple Post Alignment, Beccles Marshes, Suffolk: Excavation and Palaeoenvironmental Analyses of an Iron Age Wetland Site. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 77, 231-250. doi: 10.1017/S0079497X00000682
Hill, T. and Cairns, F. (2011) Palynological investigation of intercalated Holocene coastal deposits at Walpole, Somerset. Quaternary Newsletter, 125, 29-31.
Howard, A., Gearey, B., Hill, T., Fletcher, W. and 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, T., Woodland, W.A., Spencer, C.S. & Marriott, S., Case, D. & Catt, J. (2008) Devensian Late-glacial Environmental Change in the Gordano Valley, North Somerset, UK: a rare archive for southwest England. .Journal of Paleolimnology, 40 (1), 431-444. doi: 10.1007/s10933-007-9171-5
Hill, T., Woodland, W.A., Spencer, C.S. & Marriott, S. (2007). Holocene sea-level change in the Severn Estuary, southwest England: the development and application of a diatom-based sea-level transfer function for macrotidal settings. The Holocene, 17 (4), 639-648. doi: 10.1177/0959683607078988
Williams, M., Hill, T., Boomer, I. & Wilkinson, I.P. (2017) The archaeological and forensic applications of microfossils: a deeper understanding of human history. Special Publication of The Micropalaeontological Society. Geological Society Publishing House, Bath.
Hill, T., Whittaker, J., Brunning, R., Law, M, Bell. M., Bronk Ramsey, C., Dunbar, E & Marshall, P (2017) Palaeoenvironmental Investigations of a Mesolithic-Neolithic Sedimentary Sequence from Queen’s Sedgemoor, Somerset. In: Williams, M., Hill, T., Boomer, I. & Wilkinson, I.P. (eds) The archaeological and forensic applications of microfossils: a deeper understanding of human history. Special Publication of The Micropalaeontological Society. Geological Society Publishing House, Bath.
Williams, M., Hill, T., Boomer, I. & Wilkinson, I.P. (2017) Microfossils and their utility for archaeological and forensic studies. In: Williams, M., Hill, T., Boomer, I. & Wilkinson, I.P. (eds) The archaeological and forensic applications of microfossils: a deeper understanding of human history. Special Publication of The Micropalaeontological Society. Geological Society Publishing House, Bath.
Bridle A., Hill, T. Spencer C. and Woodland W. (2013) Pleistocene Glaciation and Holocene sea-level rise, the Gordano Valley. In: Case D. (Ed) Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology of the Bristol District. Geologists' Association Field Guide. Geologists' Association, London.
Smith, D., Hill, T., Geary, B., Fitch, S., Holford, S., Howard, A., and Jolliffe, C. (2007) The Potential of the Organic Archive for Environmental Reconstruction: An Assessment of Selected Borehole Sediments from the North Sea. In: Gaffney V., Thomson K., and Fitch S. (eds.) Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea. Archaeopress. Oxford, 93-103.
Hill, T., Woodland, W.W., Spencer, C.S., Case, D., Marriott, S., Bridle, A. & Brown, H. (2006). Late Quaternary Environmental Change in the Gordano Valley. In Hunt C.O. & Haslett S. K., (eds.) Southwest England. Quaternary Research Association Field Guide, southwest England Field Meeting, April 2006, 115-143.