Prof John Grattan

Prof John Grattan


Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and International

Contact Details


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Phone: 01970 622011


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!



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


Ethno-geochemical and phytolith studies of activity related patterns: A case study from Al Ma'tan, JordanJenkins, E. L., Allcock, S. L., Elliott, S., Palmer, C. & Grattan, J. 2017 In : Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology.22, 4, p. 412-43322 p.
The first polluted river? Repeated copper contamination of fluvial sediments associated with Late Neolithic human activity in southern JordanGrattan, J. P., Adams, R. B., Friedman, H., Gilbertson, D. D., Haylock, K. I., Hunt, C. O. & Kent, M. 2016 In : Science of the Total Environment.573, p. 247-25711 p.
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).Hamilton, J., Grattan, J. & Hughes, P. 2016 9 p.
Volcanic Gases: Silent KillersEdmonds, M., Grattan, J. & Michnowicz, S. 2015 Advances in Volcanology.Springer Nature, (Advances in Volcanology)
The geoarchaeology of “waste heaps” from the ancient mining and beneficiation of copper-rich ores in the Wadi Khalid in southern JordanGrattan, J., Gilbertson, D. D., Waller, J. H. & Adams, R. B. 2014 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.46, p. 428-4336 p.
Sedimentary metal pollution signatures adjacent to the ancient centre of copper metallurgy at Khirbet Faynan in the desert of southern Jordan.Grattan, J., Gilbertson, D. D. & Kent, M. 2013 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.40, 11, p. 3834-385320 p.
Going strong, and growingKlein, R. G., Grattan, J. & Rehren, T. 2011 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.
Condemned to metallum? The origin and role of 4th–6th century A.D. Phaeno mining campresidents using multiple chemical techniquesPerry, M. A., Coleman, D. S., Dettman, D. L., Grattan, J. & al-Shiyab, A. H. 2011 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.38, 3, p. 558-56912 p.
Testing Eventful Archaeologies: Eventful Archaeology and Volcanic “Disasters”Grattan, J. P. 2010 Eventful Archaeologies : New Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record. Bolender, D. J. (ed.). State University of New York Press, p. 177-1859 p. (The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series)
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: 97819805739141Grattan, J. 2009 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.36, 7, p. 1656
The Wadi Faynan today: landscape, environment, and peopleGrattan, J. P., Barker, G., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D. & Palmer, C. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 25-5834 p.
The past and present landscapes of the Wadi Faynan: geoarchaeological approaches and frameworksDuller, G. A. T., Grattan, J. P., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Gilmore, G., Hunt, C., McLaren, S. & Phillips, P. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.).
Pleistocene environments and human settlementDuller, G. A. T., Grattan, J. P., Barker, G., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Hunt, C., McLaren, S. & Reynolds, T. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 177-19822 p.
Early Holocene environments and early farming, c.11,000-7000 cal.BP, c.9500-5000 cal. BCGrattan, J. P., Barker, G., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Hunt, C. & Reynolds, T. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 199-22628 p.
Chalcolithic and Bronze Age settlement in Wadi Faynan: metallurgy and social complexityGrattan, J. P., Adams, R., Barker, G., Creighton, O., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Hunt, C. & Newson, P. . U. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 227-26943 p.
A landscape of imperial power: Roman and Byzantine Phaino.Grattan, J. P., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Mattingly, D., Newson, P., Pyatt, B. & Tomber, R. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 305-34844 p.
The Islamic and Ottoman periodsGrattan, J. P., Daly, P., Gilbertson, D., Mattingly, D., McLaren, S., Newson, P., Pyatt, B. & Tomber, R. . M. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 349-36820 p.
Archaeology and Desertification: the landscapes of the Wadi FaynanGrattan, J. P., Barker, G., Gilbertson, D., Mattingly, D., Palmer, C. & Pyatt, B. 2008 Archaeology and desertification, The Wadi Faynan Landscape Survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. & Mattingly, D. (eds.). p. 397-42428 p.
The Making of early states: The Iron Age and Nabatean periodsMattingly, D., Newson, P., Creighton, O., Tomber, R., Grattan, J., Hunt, C., Gilbertson, D. & Pyatt, F. B. 2008 Archaeology and Desertifiation: The Wadi Faynan landscape survey. Barker, G., Gilbertson, D. D. & Mattingly, D. J. (eds.). Southern Jordan: Oxbow Books, p. 271-30434 p.
Living under the Shadow: Cultural Impacts of Volcanic EruptionsGrattan, J. & Torrence, R. 2007 Taylor & Francis. 316 p. (One World Archaeology)
Using bog archives to reconstruct paleopollution and vegetation change during the late HoloceneMighall, T., Timberlake, S., Jenkins, D. A. & Grattan, J. 2007 Peatlands: Evolution and Records of Environmental and Climatic Changes. Martini, I. P., Cortizas, A. M. & Chesworth, W. (eds.). Elsevier, p. 413-43422 p. (Developments in Earth Surface Processes)
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 JordanHunt, C., Grattan, J. & Gilbertson, D. 2007 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.34, 1, p. 83-11028 p.
Aspects of Armageddon: An exploration of the role of volcanic eruptions in human history and civilizationGrattan, J. 2006 In : Quaternary International.151, 1, p. 10-189 p.
Report of an Institutional Audit of the University of WorcesterGrattan, J., Latto, R., Rattle, H., Vielba, C. & Webb, D. 2005 Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. 44 p.
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, MalaysiaGillmore, G., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., Hunt, C., McLaren, S., Pyatt, B., Banda, R., Barker, G., Denman, A., Phillips, P. & Reynolds, T. 2005 In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.60, 2, p. 213-22715 p.
Analyses of patterns of copper and lead mineralisation in human skeletons excavated from an ancient mining and smelting centre in the Jordanian desertGrattan, J., Abu Karaki, L., Hine, D., Toland, H., Gilbertson, D. & Pyatt, F. B. 2005 In : Mineralogical Magazine.69, 5, p. 653-66614 p.
Volcanic air pollution and mortality in France 1783–1784Grattan, J., Rabartin, R., Self, S. & Thordarson, T. 2005 In : Comptes Rendus Geoscience.337, 7, p. 1783-842 p.
Super-eruptions: global effects and future threatsRymer, H., Sparks, S., Self, S., Grattan, J., Oppenheimer, C. & Pyle, D. 2005 Geological Society of London.
Early-Holocene environments in the Wadi Faynan, JordanHunt, C., Elrishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., McLaren, S., Pyatt, B., Rushworth, G. & Barker, G. 2004 In : Holocene.14, 6, p. 921-93010 p.
The heavy metal content of skeletons from an ancient metalliferous polluted area in southern Jordan with particular reerence to bioaccumulation and human healthPyatt, B., Pyatt, A., Walker, C., Sheen, T. & Grattan, J. 2004 In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.60, 3, p. 295-3006 p.
Quaternary palaeogeomorphologic evolution of the Wadi Faynan area, Southern JordanMcLaren, S., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., Hunt, C., Duller, G. A. T. & Barker, G. 2004 In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.205, 1-2, p. 131-15424 p.
Pollution and paradigms: lessons from Icelandic volcanism for continental flood basalt studiesGrattan, J. 2004 In : Lithos.p. 343-35311 p.
Radon and King Solomons Miners: Faynan Orefeild, Jordanian desertGrattan, J., Gilmore, G., Gilbertson, D., Pyatt, B., Hunt, C., McLaren, S., Phillips, P. & Denman, A. 2004 In : Science of the Total Environment.319, 1-3, p. 99-11315 p.
Modern Bedouin exposures to copper contamination: an imperial legacy?Grattan, J., Huxley, S. & Pyatt, B. 2003 In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.55, 1, p. 108-1158 p.
Illness and elevated Human Mortality in Europe Coincident with the Laki Fissure eruptionTaylor, S., Durand, M. & Grattan, J. 2003 Volcanic Degassing: Geological Society, Special Publication 213.Geological Society of London, p. 410-4145 p.
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 sourcesPyatt, B., Amos, D., Grattan, J., Pyatt, A. & Terrell-Nield, C. 2002 In : Journal of Arid Environments.52, 1, p. 53-6210 p.
'Death...more desirable than life'? The human skeletal record and toxicological implications of ancient copper mining and smelting in Wadi Faynan, southwestern JordanGrattan, J., Huxley, S., Karaki, L. A., Toland, H., Gilbertson, D., Pyatt, B. & Saad, Z. A. 2002 In : Toxicology and Industrial Health.18, 6, p. 297-30711 p.
Geochemical evidence for atmospheric pollution derived from prehistoric copper mining at Copa hill, Cwmystwyth, mid-Wales. UKMighall, T., Abrahams, P. W., Grattan, J., Hayes, D., Timberlake, S. & Forsyth, S. 2002 In : Science of the Total Environment.292, 1-2, p. 69-8012 p.
An Imperial Legacy? An Exploration of the environmental impact of ancient metal mining and smelting in southern JordanPyatt, F. B., Gilmore, G., Grattan, J., Hunt, C. O. & McLaren, S. 2000 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.27, 9, p. 771-7788 p.
Allochthonous and autochthonous mire deposits, slope instability and palaeoenvironmental investigations in the Borve Valley, Barra, Outer Hebrides, ScotlandAshmore, P., Brayshay, B. A., Edwards, K. J., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., Kent, M., Pratt, K. & Weaver, R. 2000 In : Holocene.10, 1, p. 97-10812 p.
King Solomon's Miners- Starvation and Bioaccumulation? An Environmental Archaeological Investigation in Southern JordanBirch, P., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., Mattingly, D., Pyatt, B. & Barker, G. 1999 In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.43, 3, p. 305-3084 p.
Volcanoes as agents of past environmental changeSadler, J. & Grattan, J. 1999 In : Global and Planetary Change.21, 1-3, p. 181-19616 p.
Volcanic eruptions dry fogs and the european palaeoenvironmental record: Localised phenomena or Hemispheric impacts?Grattan, J. & Pyatt, J. P. 1999 In : Global and Planetary Change.p. 173-1797 p.
Environmental change and Tephra Deposition: The Strath of Kildonan, Northern ScotlandCharman, D., West, S., Kelly, A. & Grattan, J. 1995 In : Journal of Archaeological Science.22, 6, p. 799-80911 p.
Acid damage to vegetation following the Laki Fissure eruption in 1783 - an historical reviewGrattan, J. & Pyatt, B. 1994 In : Science of the Total Environment.151, 3, p. 241-2477 p.