Prof John Grattan

Prof John Grattan

Professor

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and International

Contact Details

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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

Publications

2017

Jenkins, E.L., Allcock, S.L., 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 22 (4) pp. 412-433. 10.1080/14614103.2017.1362787

2016

Grattan, J.P., Adams, R.B., Friedman, H., Gilbertson, D.D., Haylock, K.I., Hunt, C.O., 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 573 pp. 247-257. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.106 Cadair

2015

Edmonds, M., Grattan, J., Michnowicz, S. 2015. Volcanic Gases: Silent Killers. Advances in Volcanology. Advances in Volcanology Springer Nature 10.1007/11157_2015_14 Cadair

2014

Grattan, J., Gilbertson, D.D., Waller, J.H., Adams, R.B. 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 46 pp. 428-433. 10.1016/j.jas.2013.08.001 Cadair

2013

Grattan, J., Gilbertson, D.D., 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 40 (11) pp. 3834-3853. 10.1016/j.jas.2012.12.022

2011

Klein, R.G., Grattan, J., Rehren, T. 2011. Going strong, and growing. Journal of Archaeological Science Cadair

Perry, M.A., Coleman, D.S., Dettman, D.L., Grattan, J., al-Shiyab, A.H. 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 38 (3) pp. 558-569. 10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.010 Cadair

2010

Grattan, J.P. 2010. Testing Eventful Archaeologies: Eventful Archaeology and Volcanic “Disasters”. In D. J. 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. Cadair

2009

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 36 (7) pp. 1656. 10.1016/j.jas.2009.03.014 Cadair

2008

Grattan, J.P., 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. Cadair

Duller, G.A.T., Grattan, J.P., 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. Cadair

Duller, G.A.T., Grattan, J.P., 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. Cadair

Grattan, J.P., 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. Cadair

Grattan, J.P., Adams, R., Barker, G., Creighton, O., el-Rishi, H., Gilbertson, D., Hunt, C., Newson, P.(. 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. Cadair

Grattan, J.P., 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. Cadair

Grattan, J.P., Daly, P., Gilbertson, D., Mattingly, D., McLaren, S., Newson, P., Pyatt, B., Tomber, R.(. 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. Cadair

Grattan, J.P., 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. Cadair

Mattingly, D., Newson, P., Creighton, O., Tomber, R., Grattan, J., Hunt, C., Gilbertson, D., Pyatt, F.B. 2008. The Making of early states: The Iron Age and Nabatean periods. In G. Barker., D. D. Gilbertson., D. J. Mattingly. (eds) Archaeology and Desertifiation: The Wadi Faynan landscape survey. Oxbow Books, Southern Jordan pp. 271-304. Cadair

2007

Grattan, J., Torrence, R. 2007. Living under the Shadow: Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions. One World Archaeology Taylor & Francis Cadair

Mighall, T., Timberlake, S., Jenkins, D.A., Grattan, J. 2007. Using bog archives to reconstruct paleopollution and vegetation change during the late Holocene. In I. P. Martini., A. M. Cortizas., W. Chesworth. (eds) Peatlands: Evolution and Records of Environmental and Climatic Changes. Developments in Earth Surface Processes Elsevier pp. 413-434. Cadair

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 34 (1) pp. 83-110. 10.1016/j.jas.2006.04.004 Cadair

2006

Grattan, J. 2006. Aspects of Armageddon: An exploration of the role of volcanic eruptions in human history and civilization. Quaternary International 151 (1) pp. 10-18. 10.1016/j.quaint.2006.01.019 Cadair Other

2005

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 Cadair

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 60 (2) pp. 213-227. 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2003.12.014 Cadair Other

Grattan, J., Abu Karaki, L., Hine, D., Toland, H., Gilbertson, D., Pyatt, F.B. 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 69 (5) pp. 653-666. 10.1180/0026461056950277 Cadair

Grattan, J., Rabartin, R., Self, S., Thordarson, T. 2005. Volcanic air pollution and mortality in France 1783–1784. Comptes Rendus Geoscience 337 (7) pp. 1783-84. 10.1016/j.crte.2005.01.013 Cadair Other

Rymer, H., Sparks, S., Self, S., Grattan, J., Oppenheimer, C., Pyle, D. 2005. Super-eruptions: global effects and future threats. Geological Society of London Cadair Other

2004

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 14 (6) pp. 921-930. 10.1191/0959-683604hl769rp Cadair Other

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 60 (3) pp. 295-300. 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2004.05.002 Cadair Other

McLaren, S., Gilbertson, D., Grattan, J., Hunt, C., Duller, G.A.T., Barker, G. 2004. Quaternary palaeogeomorphologic evolution of the Wadi Faynan area, Southern Jordan. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 205 (1-2) pp. 131-154. Cadair Other

Grattan, J. 2004. Pollution and paradigms: lessons from Icelandic volcanism for continental flood basalt studies. Lithos pp. 343-353. Cadair Other

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 319 (1-3) pp. 99-113. 10.1016/S0048-9697(03)00442-X Cadair Other

2003

Grattan, J., Huxley, S., Pyatt, B. 2003. Modern Bedouin exposures to copper contamination: an imperial legacy? Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 55 (1) pp. 108-115. 10.1016/S0147-6513(02)00135-5 Cadair Other

Taylor, S., Durand, M., Grattan, J. 2003. Illness and elevated Human Mortality in Europe Coincident with the Laki Fissure eruption. Volcanic Degassing: Geological Society, Special Publication 213. Geological Society of London pp. 410-414. Cadair Other

2002

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 52 (1) pp. 53-62. 10.1006/jare.2002.0982 Cadair Other

Grattan, J., Huxley, S., Karaki, L.A., Toland, H., Gilbertson, D., Pyatt, B., Saad, Z.A. 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 18 (6) pp. 297-307. 10.1191/0748233702th153oa Cadair Other

Mighall, T., Abrahams, P.W., 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 292 (1-2) pp. 69-80. 10.1016/S0048-9697(02)00027-X Cadair Other

2000

Pyatt, F.B., Gilmore, G., Grattan, J., Hunt, C.O., 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 27 (9) pp. 771-778. 10.1006/jasc.1999.0580 Cadair

Ashmore, P., Brayshay, B.A., Edwards, K.J., 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 10 (1) pp. 97-108. 10.1191/095968300676239809 Cadair

1999

Sadler, J., Grattan, J. 1999. Volcanoes as agents of past environmental change. Global and Planetary Change 21 (1-3) pp. 181-196. 10.1016/S0921-8181(99)00014-4 Cadair Other

Grattan, J., Pyatt, J.P. 1999. Volcanic eruptions dry fogs and the european palaeoenvironmental record: Localised phenomena or Hemispheric impacts? Global and Planetary Change pp. 173-179. Cadair Other

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 43 (3) pp. 305-308. 10.1006/eesa.1999.1795 Cadair

1995

Charman, D., West, S., Kelly, A., Grattan, J. 1995. Environmental change and Tephra Deposition: The Strath of Kildonan, Northern Scotland. Journal of Archaeological Science 22 (6) pp. 799-809. 10.1016/0305-4403(95)90009-8 Cadair Other

1994

Grattan, J., Pyatt, B. 1994. Acid damage to vegetation following the Laki Fissure eruption in 1783 - an historical review. Science of the Total Environment 151 (3) pp. 241-247. 10.1016/0048-9697(94)90473-1 Cadair Other