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Dr Darren Jeffers is a Lecturer in Physical/Environmental Geography in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography. He earned his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Oxford and went on to complete his D.Phil investigating environmental change in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon during the last glacial period at the same institution. Before joining the University of Winchester in 2018 he held a position as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

Before returning to Higher Education he indulged his passion for geography by spending many years travelling the world, during which time he visited over a hundred countries on six continents. He considers the highlights of his years travelling as tracking Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) on the border of Rwanda and Uganda, travelling down the Amazon, trekking to Mount Everest basecamp, travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway and visiting archaeological sites in the Fertile Crescent and the Nile Valley.

Teaching responsibilities

Darren teaches on the BSc Geography programme and is module leader for the Biogeography and Conservation and Desert Environments modules. He also contributes to modules on Global Risks, Local Environmental Change and Geographies of Environment and Development.

Areas of expertise

  • Palaeoecology
  • Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Dryland environments
  • The Quaternary Period


Jeffers, D. and E.S. Jeffers (in preparation) Geochemical constraints on long-term nitrogen cycling.

Jeffers, D. (in preparation) An improved methodology for extracting fossil pollen from sediments in semi-arid and arid environments.

Jeffers, D. and K.J. Willis (in preparation) Fire-vegetation interactions during the last glacial period in the Levantine region of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Jeffers, D. (2017) Foraging behaviour of Bombus pomorum that went extinct from the British Isles in the nineteenth century. The Journal of Apicultural Research, 56(5), 510-513.

Sánchez-Salguero R., Hevia A., Camarero J.J., Treydte K., Frank D., Crivellaro A., Domínguez-Delmás M., Hellman L., Kaczka R.J., Kaye M., Akhmetzyanov L., Ashiq M.W., Bhuyan U., Bondarenko O., Camisón Á., Camps S., García V.C., Vaz F.C., Gavrila I.G., Gulbranson E., Huhtamaa H., Janecka K., Jeffers D., Jochner M., Koutecký T., Lamrani-Alaoui M., Lebreton-Anberrée J., Seijo M.M., Matulewski P., Metslaid S., Miron S., Morrisey R., Opdebeeck J., Ovchinnikov S., Peters R., Petritan A.M., Popkova M., Rehorkova S., Ariza M.O.R., Sánchez-Miranda Á., Van der Linden M., Vannoppen A. & Volařík D. (2017). An intensive tree-ring experience: Connecting education and research during the 25th European Dendroecological Fieldweek (Asturias, Spain). Dendrochronologia, 42, 80-93.

Jeffers, D. and K.J. Willis (2016) Landscape erosion, karstic activity and the development of a wetland in the southern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon during the last glacial period. Wetlands, 36, 593-605.

Jeffers, D. and K.J. Willis (2014) Vegetation response to climate change during the last interglacial-last glacial transition in the southern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Palynology, 38(2), 195-206.

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