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Dr Marco A. Aquino Lopez

Dr Marco A. Aquino Lopez

Research Associate



  • Aug 2022 – Present: Postdoctoral Researcher (Improving probabilistic models for automated alignment of Palaeoclimate records). University of Cambridge. Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Oct 2021 – Aug 2022: Research professor (Lecturer), UMAR (Universidad del Mar) Huatulco. Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Oct 2020 – Sep 2021:Postdoctoral Researcher (Bayesian analysis for the improvement of palaeoclimate and environmental change studies). CIMAT. Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Jul 2019 – Sep 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher (Statistical Linguistics Methods for the ERC funded Chronologicon Hibernicum project). Maynooth University. Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Apr 2019 – Jul 2019: Research Assistant (Statistical Linguistics Methods for the ERC funded Chronologicon Hibernicum project). Maynooth University. Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Jan 2018 – Dec 2018: Data assistant for the Swan project. The School of Natural and Build Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom.
  • Jan 2015 – Jul 2015: Member of COTECORA (Technical Committee for the Design and Implementation of the quick counting for 2015 Guanajuato Elections). Instituto Electoral del Estado de Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico.
  • Aug 2014 – Aug 2015: Statistical Consultant. Guanajuato University, Guanajuato, México.
  • Jan 2014 – Jul 2014: Teacher’s assistant. CIMAT. Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Jan 2011 – Jul 2011: Tutor for the tutoring program in ESFM-IPN. Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico.


  • 2015 – 2019 PhD, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Natural and Built Environment, Belfast, United Kingdom.
    PhD Thesis: Bayesian Improvements to 210Pb age-depth models”
  • 2012 – 2014 MSc in Probability and Statistics, Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico.
    MSc Thesis: “F14C Bayesian Calibration: Approach and Open Problems
  • 2008 – 2011 BSc Mathematical Engineering, Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico.
    Graduated using Master’s credits


  • National Researcher Candidate by CONACyT, Mexico 2022-2025
  • The Soulby Research Fund Prize 2017
  • The Soulby Research Fund Prize 2016
  • Santander Mobility Scholarships 2015-16


  • Stifter, D., Qiu, F., Aquino-López, M.A., Bauer, B., Lash, E., and White, N. 2022. Strategies in tracing linguistic variation in a corpus of Old Irish texts (CorPH). International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. , 1:1 , doi:/10.1075/ijcl.22018.sti
  • Zhang, H., Väliranta, M., Swindles, G.T., Aquino-López, M.A., Mullan, D., Tan, N., Amesbury, M., Babeshko, K.V., Bao, K., Bobrov, A., Chernyshov, V., Davies, M.A., Diaconu, A., Feurdean, A., Finkelstein, S.A., Garneau, M., Guo, Z., Jones, M.C., Kay, M., Klein, E.S., Lamentowicz, M., Magnan, G., Marcisz, K., Mazei, N., Mazei, Y., Payne, R., Pelletier, N., Piilo, S.R., Pratte, S., Roland, T., Saldaev, D., Shotyk, W., Sim, T.G., Sloan, T.J., Slowinski, M., Talbot, J., Taylor, L., Tsyganov, A.N., Wetterich, S., Xing, W., and Zhao, Y. (2022). Recent climate change has driven divergent hydrological shifts in high-latitude peatlands. Nature Communications. 13:4959 doi:/10.1038/s41467-022-32711-4.
  • Arcusa, S. H., McKay, N. P., Wiman, C., Patterson, S., Munoz, S. E., and Aquino-López, M. A. (2022). A Bayesian approach to integrating radiometric dating and varve measurements in intermittently indistinct sediment, Geochronology, 4, 409–433,
  • Ji, K., Zhu, E., Chu, G., Aquino-López, M. A., & Hou, J. (2021). A record of late Holocene precipitation on the Central Tibetan Plateau inferred from varved lake sediments. Journal of Paleolimnology, 66(4), 439–452. Springer Science and Business Media LLC.
  • Arcusa, S. H., McKay, N. P., Wiman, C., Patterson, S., Munoz, S. E., & Aquino-López, M. A. (2021). New approaches to dating intermittently varved sediment, Columbine lake, Colorado, USA. Copernicus GmbH.
  • Alaniz, A. J., Abarzúa, A. M., Martel-Cea, A., Jarpa, L., Hernández, M., Aquino-López, M. A., & Smith-Ramírez, C. (2021). Linking sedimentological and spatial analysis to assess the impact of the forestry industry on soil loss: The case of Lanalhue Basin, Chile. CATENA. Elsevier BV.
  • Sim, T. G., Swindles, G. T., Morris, P. J., Baird, A. J., Cooper, C. L., Gallego-Sala, A. V., Charman, D. J., Roland, T. P., Borken, W., Mullan, D. J., Aquino-López, M. A., & Galka, M. (2021). Divergent responses of permafrost peatlands to recent climate change. Environmental Research Letters, 16(3), 034001.
  • Noble, P. J., McGaughey, G. A., Rosen, M. R., Fuller, C. C., Aquino-López, M. A., & Chandra, S. (2020). A 450-year record of environmental change from Castle Lake, California (USA), inferred from diatoms and organic geochemistry. Journal of Paleolimnology, 65(2), 201–217.
  • Mackenzie, L. L., Bao, K., Pratte, S., Klamt, A., Liu, R., Aquino-López, M. A., Zawadzki, A., Amiri, B. J., Shen, J., & Le Roux, G. (2020). Environmental change and human land-use over the past 200 years in the Great Hinggan Mountains, Northeastern China. Land Degradation & Development, 32(2), 993–1007.
  • Aquino-López, M.A., Ruiz-Fernndez, A.C. , Blaauw, M., Sanchez-Cabeza J. A., (2020). Comparing classical and Bayesian 210Pb dating models in human- impacted aquatic environments. Quaternary Geochronology.
  • Beck, K.K., Mariani, M., Fletcher, M.-S., Schneider, L., Aquino-López M. A., Gadd, P.S., Heijnis, H., Saunders, K.M., Zawadzki, A. (2020). The impacts of intensive mining on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems: a case of sediment pollution and calcium decline in cool temperate Tasmania, Australia. Environmental Pollution,
  • Schneider, L., Shulmeister, N., Mariani, M., Beck, K. K., Fletcher, M.-S., Zawadzki, A., Saunders, K. M., Aquino-López, M. A., & Haberle, S. G. (2020). Colonialism and the environment: The pollution legacy of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest copper mine in the 20th century. The Anthropocene Review, 205301962096813.
  • Schneider, L., Rose, N. L., Lintern, A., Sinclair, D., Zawadzki, A., Holley, C., Aquino-López, M. A., & Haberle, S., (2020). Assessing increases in metal concentration and carbonaceous fly- ash particles in lake sediments from major areas of coal mining and electricity generation in Australia. Science of Total Environment,
  • Zhang, H., Väliranta, M., Piilo, S., Amesbury, M.J., Aquino-López, M.A., Roland, T.P., Salminen-Paatero, S., Paatero, J., Lohila, A. and Tuittila, E.-S. (2020), Decreased carbon accumulation feedback driven by climate-induced drying of two southern boreal bogs over recent centuries. Global Change Biology, 00: 1– 14,
  • Blaauw, M., Christen, J.A., Aquino-López, M.A., (2019). A review of statistics in palaeoenvironmental research. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, 25, 17–31,
  • Courtney-Mustaphi, C.J., Brahney, J., Aquino-López, M.A., Goring, S., Orton, K., Nornha, A., Czaplewski, J., Asena, A., Paton, S., Brushworth, J.P., (2019). Guidelines for reporting and archiving 210Pb sediment chronologies to improve fidelity and extend data lifecycle. Quaternary Geochronology 52, 77-87,
  • Aquino-López, M.A., Blaauw, M., Christen, J.A., Sanderson, N., (2018). Bayesian analysis of 210Pb dating. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 23, 317–333,
  • Aguilar López, Jesús & Aquino-López, M.A., (2015). Modelo de predicción electoral: el caso de la elección municipal 2015 de León de los Aldama, Guanajuato. Estudio Políticos, 35,