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Mr Jinheum Park

PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Lucy Cavendish College

Jinheum uses tephrochronological, palaeoclimatological, and palaeoenvironmental methods to investigate volcanic impacts of large eruptions in the past, such as the Youngest Toba Tuff (YTT) eruption of Mount Toba in Indonesia ca. 74,000 years ago.



  • 2021–present: PhD candidate in Geography, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2021: Staff, Institute for Korean Regional Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 2017: Visiting student, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2015: Exchange student, University of Helsinki, Finland


  • MA in Geography, Seoul National University, Korea
  • BA in Geography & BA in Sociology, Seoul National University, Korea

Awards (since PhD course)

  • NERC National Environmental Isotope Facility Studentship Support (2023)
  • Lucy Cavendish College Travel, Research, Conferences Fund (2022 & 2023)
  • Continental Scientific Drilling Facility Visiting Graduate Student Award (2022)
  • C-CLEAR NERC DTP studentship (2021–present)
  • Cambridge International Scholarship (2021–present)


  • Current project: Long-range impacts of the Youngest Toba Tuff (YTT) eruption, 74,000 years ago (supervisor: Professor Christine Lane, co-supervisors: Professor Clive Oppenheimer & Doctor Céline Vidal).
  • Regions of interest: including but not limited to Southeast Asia, eastern Africa, East Asia, and Scandinavia


  • Park, J., Bahk, J., Park, J., Kim, H. & Choi, J. (2023). Mid-to-late Holocene climate variability in coastal East Asia and its impact on ancient Korean societies. Scientific Reports13(1), 15379.
  • Park, J., Jin, Q., Choi, J., Bahk, J. & Park, J. (2021). Late Holocene climate variability in central Korea indicated by vegetation, geochemistry, and fire records of the Yongneup moor. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 584, 110705.
  • Park, J., Park, J., Yi, S., Lim, J., Kim, J. C., Jin, Q. & Choi, J. (2021). Holocene hydroclimate reconstruction based on pollen, XRF, and grain-size analyses and its implications for past societies of the Korean Peninsula. The Holocene, 31(9), 1489-1500.
  • Park, J., Park, J., Yi, S., Kim, J.C., Lee, E. & Choi, J. (2019). Abrupt Holocene climate events of coastal East Asia including the 8.2 ka, 4.2 ka, and 2.8 ka coolings, and the societal responses on the Korean peninsula. Scientific Reports, 9, 10806.
  • Park, J., Park, J., Yi, S., Kim, J.C., Lee, E. & Jin, Q. (2018). The 8.2 ka cooling event in coastal East Asia: High-resolution pollen evidence from southwestern Korea. Scientific Reports, 8, 12423.



  • Part IB, Paper 5: Quaternary Climates and Environments (2021/22 & 2022/23)
  • Part IA, Paper 2: Environmental Processes and Change (2022/23 & 2023/24)


  • Part IB, Paper 5: Quaternary Climates and Environments (2021/22, 2022/23 & 2023/24)
  • Part IA, Paper 2: Environmental Processes and Change (2021/22, 2022/23 & 2023/24)

Other activities


  • Student member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Student member of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA)
  • INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial records) paleoclimate network
  • INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research)
  • Cambridge Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG) — Co-organiser (2022–present)
  • Cambridge Korean Academic Society — President (2023–present)


  • PhD representative of the Laboratories & Fieldwork Committee in the Department (2021/22–present)
  • Cambridge University Table Tennis Club (CUTTC) — (2021/22–present, Secretary 2022/23 & President 2023/24)
  • Cambridge University Association Croquet Club (CUACC) — (2022/23–present, Secretary 2023/24)
  • Cavendish Chorale (Lucy Cavendish College Choir) — (2022/23–present)