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Mr Jinheum Park

Mr Jinheum Park

PhD student

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



  • 2021-present: PhD student (probationary) in Geography, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2021: Staff, Institute for Korean Regional Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 2017-2021: MA in Geography, Seoul National University, Korea
    (intermitted Jul 2017-Jun 2019 due to compulsory civilian service)
  • 2017: Visiting student, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2015: Exchange student, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2013-2017: BA in Geography & BA in Sociology, Seoul National University, Korea


  • MA in Geography, Seoul National University, Korea
  • BA in Geography & BA in Sociology, Seoul National University, Korea (summa cum laude)


  • C-CLEAR NERC DTP studentship (2021-2025)
  • Cambridge International Scholarship (2021-2024)
  • Brain Korea 21 FOUR scholarship (2020-2021)
  • Brain Korea 21 Plus scholarship (2017 & 2019-2020)


Long-range impacts of the Youngest Toba Tuff (YTT) eruption, 74,000 years ago (supervisor: Professor Christine Lane, co-supervisor: Professor Clive Oppenheimer & Doctor Céline Vidal).


  • 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,
  • 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.

External activities

  • Student member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) (2020-present)
  • Student member of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) (2018-present)
  • INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial records) paleoclimate network
  • PAGES (Past Global Changes)
  • PhD representative of the Departmental Laboratories & Fieldwork Committee
  • Cambridge University Table Tennis Club (CUTTC)