UCL Anthropocene


Professor Mark Maslin

Department: Geography

Telephone number: 020 7679 0556

Email: m.maslin@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Website: Professor Mark Maslin


Mark Maslin is a Professor of Earth System Science at UCL. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in understanding the Anthropocene and how it relates to the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.  He has publish over 165 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and The Lancet, with a current citation count according to Google Scholar over 17,500 (H=64 and i10 index=159) with 38 papers that have been cited over 100 times. He has written 11 books, over 50 popular articles and appears regularly on radio and television. His books include the high successful ‘Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction’ (OUP, 2014 and 21), The Cradle of Humanity (OUP, 2017 and 19) and The Human Planet: How we created the Anthropocene co-authored with Simon Lewis (Penguin, 2018). He was included in Who’s Who for the first time in 2009 and was granted a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Scholarship in 2011.

Research Projects:


  • Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin Are we living in the Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Red Pepper (2018)


  • Koch, A., C. Brierley, M. A. Maslin, S. L. Lewis “Earth system impacts of the European arrival and Great Dying in the Americas after 1492. Quaternary Science Reviews, 207, 13-36 (2019)

  • Simon L. Lewis and Mark Maslin (2018) The Human Planet: How we caused the Anthropocene, Penguin (Pelican print) ISBN 978-0-241-28088-1, p465

  • Turney, C.S.M. J. Palmer, M. Maslin et al. “Global Peak in Atmospheric Radiocarbon Provides a Potential Definition for the Onset of the Anthropocene Epoch in 1965” Nature Scientific Reports, volume 8, Article number: 3293 (2018) doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20970-5 

  • Ellis, E., M. Maslin, N. Boivin, A. Bauer. Involve social scientists in defining Anthropocene: Invited Commentary” Nature 540, 192-193 (2016) 

  • Barry, A. and M.A. Maslin, The Politics of the Anthropocene: a dialogue Geo: Geography and Environment DOI: 10.1002/geo2.22 (2016) 

  • Lewis, S.L. and M.A. Maslin, “Defining the Anthropocene Nature 519, 171-180 (2015) doi:10.1038/nature14258 

  • Lewis, S.L. and M.A. Maslin, “A transparent framework for defining the Anthropocene Epoch The Anthropocene Review vol. 2, no. 2, 128-146 (2015).  doi: 10.1177/2053019615588792

  • Maslin, M.A. and S.L. Lewis “Anthropocene: Earth system, geological, philosophical and political paradigm shifts”, The Anthropocene Review vol. 2, no. 2,108-116 (2015). doi: 10.1177/2053019615588791


First year: GEOG0008: Environmental Change

Masters: GEOG0120: Past Climates