Prof John Grattan

Prof John Grattan

Professor

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and International

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Phone: 01970 622011
E-mail: lad14@aber.ac.uk

Biography

Professor Grattan has an extensive academic background in Environmental and Archaeological Science and has developed a real passion regarding science communication. He began his career obtaining a Ph.D. from The University of Sheffield and his research has since been highlighted in many different media outlets such as: The Economist, The Guardian, The Times and International Television and Radio.

In 1995 he joined the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he held positions of Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Science at Aberystwyth University. In 2012 he was appointed the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience and International. On top of this he is a board member of the QAA, HEFCW's Student Experience, Teaching and Quality Committee and UniversitiesWales Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching Advisory Group where he is currently the Chair.

John is a highly regarded lecturer, he was a late entrant to higher education and believes passionately that going to university is a privilege that can change people's lives, it changed his!

Teaching

Research

Research Interests

Volcanic Hazards. Environmental impact of volcanic eruptions. Cultural responses to extreme events. Ecotoxicology. The industrial legacies of the ancient world. The inception and development of the first factories. Landscape archaeology. Geochemical records of environmental change.

Research Groups

  • Quaternary Environmental Change Group

Publications

Mighall, T, Timberlake, S, Jenkins, DA & Grattan, J 2007, Using bog archives to reconstruct paleopollution and vegetation change during the late Holocene. in IP Martini, AM Cortizas & W Chesworth (eds), Peatlands: Evolution and Records of Environmental and Climatic Changes. Developments in Earth Surface Processes, Elsevier, pp. 413-434.
Hunt, C, Grattan, J & Gilbertson, D 2007, 'The local and global dimensions of metalliferous pollution derived from a reconstruction of an eight thousand year record of copper smelting and mining at a desert-mountain frontier in southern Jordan' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 34, no. 1, pp. 83-110. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2006.04.004
Grattan, J 2006, 'Aspects of Armageddon: An exploration of the role of volcanic eruptions in human history and civilization' Quaternary International, vol 151, no. 1, pp. 10-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2006.01.019
Grattan, J, Latto, R, Rattle, H, Vielba, C & Webb, D 2005, Report of an Institutional Audit of the University of Worcester. Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Gillmore, G, Gilbertson, D, Grattan, J, Hunt, C, McLaren, S, Pyatt, B, Banda, R, Barker, G, Denman, A, Phillips, P & Reynolds, T 2005, 'The potential risk from 222radon posed to archaeologists and earth scientists: reconnaissance study of radon concentrations, excavations and archaeological shelters in the Great cave of Niah, Sarawak, Malaysia' Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol 60, no. 2, pp. 213-227. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2003.12.014
Grattan, J, Abu Karaki, L, Hine, D, Toland, H, Gilbertson, D & Pyatt, FB 2005, 'Analyses of patterns of copper and lead mineralisation in human skeletons excavated from an ancient mining and smelting centre in the Jordanian desert' Mineralogical Magazine, vol 69, no. 5, pp. 653-666. DOI: 10.1180/0026461056950277
Grattan, J, Rabartin, R, Self, S & Thordarson, T 2005, 'Volcanic air pollution and mortality in France 1783–1784' Comptes Rendus Geoscience, vol 337, no. 7, pp. 1783-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.crte.2005.01.013
Rymer, H, Sparks, S, Self, S, Grattan, J, Oppenheimer, C & Pyle, D 2005, Super-eruptions: global effects and future threats. Geological Society of London.
Hunt, C, Elrishi, H, Gilbertson, D, Grattan, J, McLaren, S, Pyatt, B, Rushworth, G & Barker, G 2004, 'Early-Holocene environments in the Wadi Faynan, Jordan' Holocene, vol 14, no. 6, pp. 921-930. DOI: 10.1191/0959-683604hl769rp
Pyatt, B, Pyatt, A, Walker, C, Sheen, T & Grattan, J 2004, 'The heavy metal content of skeletons from an ancient metalliferous polluted area in southern Jordan with particular reerence to bioaccumulation and human health' Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol 60, no. 3, pp. 295-300. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2004.05.002
McLaren, S, Gilbertson, D, Grattan, J, Hunt, C, Duller, GAT & Barker, G 2004, 'Quaternary palaeogeomorphologic evolution of the Wadi Faynan area, Southern Jordan' Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol 205, no. 1-2, pp. 131-154.
Grattan, J 2004, 'Pollution and paradigms: lessons from Icelandic volcanism for continental flood basalt studies' Lithos, pp. 343-353.
Grattan, J, Gilmore, G, Gilbertson, D, Pyatt, B, Hunt, C, McLaren, S, Phillips, P & Denman, A 2004, 'Radon and King Solomons Miners: Faynan Orefeild, Jordanian desert' Science of the Total Environment, vol 319, no. 1-3, pp. 99-113. DOI: 10.1016/S0048-9697(03)00442-X
Grattan, J, Huxley, S & Pyatt, B 2003, 'Modern Bedouin exposures to copper contamination: an imperial legacy?' Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol 55, no. 1, pp. 108-115. DOI: 10.1016/S0147-6513(02)00135-5
Taylor, S, Durand, M & Grattan, J 2003, Illness and elevated Human Mortality in Europe Coincident with the Laki Fissure eruption. in Volcanic Degassing: Geological Society, Special Publication 213. Geological Society of London, pp. 410-414.
Pyatt, B, Amos, D, Grattan, J, Pyatt, A & Terrell-Nield, C 2002, 'Invertebrates of ancient heavy metal spoil and smelting tip sites in southern Jordan: Thier distribution and use as bioindicators of metalliferous pollution derived from ancient sources' Journal of Arid Environments, vol 52, no. 1, pp. 53-62. DOI: 10.1006/jare.2002.0982
Grattan, J, Huxley, S, Karaki, LA, Toland, H, Gilbertson, D, Pyatt, B & Saad, ZA 2002, ''Death...more desirable than life'? The human skeletal record and toxicological implications of ancient copper mining and smelting in Wadi Faynan, southwestern Jordan' Toxicology and Industrial Health, vol 18, no. 6, pp. 297-307. DOI: 10.1191/0748233702th153oa
Mighall, T, Abrahams, PW, Grattan, J, Hayes, D, Timberlake, S & Forsyth, S 2002, 'Geochemical evidence for atmospheric pollution derived from prehistoric copper mining at Copa hill, Cwmystwyth, mid-Wales. UK' Science of the Total Environment, vol 292, no. 1-2, pp. 69-80. DOI: 10.1016/S0048-9697(02)00027-X
Pyatt, FB, Gilmore, G, Grattan, J, Hunt, CO & McLaren, S 2000, 'An Imperial Legacy? An Exploration of the environmental impact of ancient metal mining and smelting in southern Jordan' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 27, no. 9, pp. 771-778. DOI: 10.1006/jasc.1999.0580
Ashmore, P, Brayshay, BA, Edwards, KJ, Gilbertson, D, Grattan, J, Kent, M, Pratt, K & Weaver, R 2000, 'Allochthonous and autochthonous mire deposits, slope instability and palaeoenvironmental investigations in the Borve Valley, Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland' Holocene, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 97-108. DOI: 10.1191/095968300676239809
Jenkins, EL, Allcock, SL, Elliott, S, Palmer, C & Grattan, J 2017, 'Ethno-geochemical and phytolith studies of activity related patterns: A case study from Al Ma'tan, Jordan' Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology, vol 22, no. 4, pp. 412-433. DOI: 10.1080/14614103.2017.1362787
Grattan, JP, Adams, RB, Friedman, H, Gilbertson, DD, Haylock, KI, Hunt, CO & Kent, M 2016, 'The first polluted river? Repeated copper contamination of fluvial sediments associated with Late Neolithic human activity in southern Jordan' Science of the Total Environment, vol 573, pp. 247-257. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.106
Hamilton, J, Grattan, J & Hughes, P 2016, SusNet Wales: Blended Learning Environments for Raising Ambition, Aspirations and driving Social Mobility. An invited case study for Universities UK and the UK Government’s Social Mobility Advisory Group (commissioned by RCUK and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement).
Edmonds, M, Grattan, J & Michnowicz, S 2015, Volcanic Gases: Silent Killers. in Advances in Volcanology. Advances in Volcanology, Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/11157_2015_14
Grattan, J, Gilbertson, DD, Waller, JH & Adams, RB 2014, 'The geoarchaeology of “waste heaps” from the ancient mining and beneficiation of copper-rich ores in the Wadi Khalid in southern Jordan' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 46, pp. 428-433. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.08.001
Grattan, J, Gilbertson, DD & Kent, M 2013, 'Sedimentary metal pollution signatures adjacent to the ancient centre of copper metallurgy at Khirbet Faynan in the desert of southern Jordan.' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 40, no. 11, pp. 3834-3853. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.12.022
Klein, RG, Grattan, J & Rehren, T 2011, 'Going strong, and growing' Journal of Archaeological Science.
Perry, MA, Coleman, DS, Dettman, DL, Grattan, J & al-Shiyab, AH 2011, 'Condemned to metallum? The origin and role of 4th–6th century A.D. Phaeno mining campresidents using multiple chemical techniques' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 38, no. 3, pp. 558-569. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.010
Grattan, JP 2010, Testing Eventful Archaeologies: Eventful Archaeology and Volcanic “Disasters”. in DJ Bolender (ed.), Eventful Archaeologies : New Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record. The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series, State University of New York Press, pp. 177-185.
Grattan, J 2009, 'Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea, Vincent Gaffney, Kenneth Thomson, Simon Fitch. Archaeopress, Oxford (2008), £28.00. xii+131 pages; paperback; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white, ISBN: 97819805739141' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 36, no. 7, pp. 1656. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2009.03.014
Grattan, JP, Barker, G, el-Rishi, H, Gilbertson, D & Palmer, C 2008, The Wadi Faynan today: landscape, environment, and people. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 25-58.
Duller, GAT, Grattan, JP, el-Rishi, H, Gilbertson, D, Gilmore, G, Hunt, C, McLaren, S & Phillips, P 2008, The past and present landscapes of the Wadi Faynan: geoarchaeological approaches and frameworks. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey.
Duller, GAT, Grattan, JP, Barker, G, el-Rishi, H, Gilbertson, D, Hunt, C, McLaren, S & Reynolds, T 2008, Pleistocene environments and human settlement. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 177-198.
Grattan, JP, Barker, G, el-Rishi, H, Gilbertson, D, Hunt, C & Reynolds, T 2008, Early Holocene environments and early farming, c.11,000-7000 cal.BP, c.9500-5000 cal. BC. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 199-226.
Grattan, JP, Adams, R, Barker, G, Creighton, O, el-Rishi, H, Gilbertson, D, Hunt, C & Newson, PU 2008, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age settlement in Wadi Faynan: metallurgy and social complexity. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 227-269.
Grattan, JP, el-Rishi, H, Gilbertson, D, Mattingly, D, Newson, P, Pyatt, B & Tomber, R 2008, A landscape of imperial power: Roman and Byzantine Phaino. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 305-348.
Grattan, JP, Daly, P, Gilbertson, D, Mattingly, D, McLaren, S, Newson, P, Pyatt, B & Tomber, RM 2008, The Islamic and Ottoman periods. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 349-368.
Grattan, JP, Barker, G, Gilbertson, D, Mattingly, D, Palmer, C & Pyatt, B 2008, Archaeology and Desertification: the landscapes of the Wadi Faynan. in G Barker, D Gilbertson & D Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. pp. 397-424.
Mattingly, D, Newson, P, Creighton, O, Tomber, R, Grattan, J, Hunt, C, Gilbertson, D & Pyatt, FB 2008, The Making of early states: The Iron Age and Nabatean periods. in G Barker, DD Gilbertson & DJ Mattingly (eds), Archaeology and Desertifiation: The Wadi Faynan landscape survey. Oxbow Books, Southern Jordan, pp. 271-304.
Grattan, J & Torrence, R 2007, Living under the Shadow: Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions. One World Archaeology, Taylor & Francis.
Birch, P, Gilbertson, D, Grattan, J, Mattingly, D, Pyatt, B & Barker, G 1999, 'King Solomon's Miners- Starvation and Bioaccumulation? An Environmental Archaeological Investigation in Southern Jordan' Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol 43, no. 3, pp. 305-308. DOI: 10.1006/eesa.1999.1795
Sadler, J & Grattan, J 1999, 'Volcanoes as agents of past environmental change' Global and Planetary Change, vol 21, no. 1-3, pp. 181-196. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8181(99)00014-4
Grattan, J & Pyatt, JP 1999, 'Volcanic eruptions dry fogs and the european palaeoenvironmental record: Localised phenomena or Hemispheric impacts?' Global and Planetary Change, pp. 173-179.
Charman, D, West, S, Kelly, A & Grattan, J 1995, 'Environmental change and Tephra Deposition: The Strath of Kildonan, Northern Scotland' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 22, no. 6, pp. 799-809. DOI: 10.1016/0305-4403(95)90009-8
Grattan, J & Pyatt, B 1994, 'Acid damage to vegetation following the Laki Fissure eruption in 1783 - an historical review' Science of the Total Environment, vol 151, no. 3, pp. 241-247. DOI: 10.1016/0048-9697(94)90473-1