Congratulations to Professor Simon Lewis who is affiliated with both the University of Leeds and UCL, and whose co-authored paper Earth system impacts of the European arrival and Great Dying in the Americas after 1492 appears at number 46 on this year’s list.

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The paper  investigates whether the decline in global atmospheric CO2 concentration in the late 1500s and early 1600s which globally lowered surface air temperatures by 0.15∘C, were generated by natural forcing or were a result of the large-scale depopulation of the Americas after European arrival, subsequent land use change and secondary succession. The authors conclude that the global carbon budget of the 1500s cannot be balanced until large-scale vegetation regeneration in the Americas is included and that the Great Dying of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas resulted in a human-driven global impact on the Earth System in the two centuries prior to the Industrial Revolution.

The paper has received extensive news coverage including from the BBC, the Guardian and CNN. It was widely disseminated on social media – blogs, Facebook, Reddit and Twitter – and is currently cited across 8 different Wikipedia pages. This is in addition to 25 formal citations (at the time of writing) indicating wide public engagement beyond academia.

Top 100 for Leeds

Using data from the University publications system we’ve put togather a list of the Top 100 for the University of Leeds. The top 10 are presented below or download this spreadsheet of all 100 (note this is a static snapshot from 19 December 2019, as are the scores listed below as WordPress doesn’t allow the embed code. Click through to the WRRO record for the current score.)

Click on the colour coded ‘donut’ for the Altmetric details page for each record:

  1. Koch, A; Brierley, C; Maslin, MM; Lewis, SL; (2019) Earth system impacts of the European arrival and Great Dying in the Americas after 1492. Quaternary Science Reviews , 207 pp. 13-36. DOI | WRRO record | Related data/code
    Article has an altmetric score of 3290
  2. Lewis, SL, Wheeler, CE, Mitchard, ETA, Koch, A, (2019) Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon. Nature, 568 (25). pp. 25-28. ISSN 0028-0836 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 2043
  3. Alcott, LJ , Mills, BJW and Poulton, SW (2019) Stepwise Earth oxygenation is an inherent property of global biogeochemical cycling. Science. ISSN 0036-8075 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 1626
  4. Radchuk, V, Reed, T, Teplitsky, C et al. (62 more authors) (2019) Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. Nature Communications, 10 (1). 3109. ISSN 2041-1723 DOI | WRRO record | Related data/code
    Article has an altmetric score of 1957
  5. Kunin, WW, (2019) Robust evidence of declines in insect abundance and biodiversity. Nature, 574, 7780 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 1767
  6. Louhelainen, J and Miller, D (2019) Forensic Investigation of a Shawl Linked to the “Jack the Ripper” Murders. Journal of Forensic Sciences. ISSN 0022-1198 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 1412
  7. Taylor-Robinson, D, Lai, ETC, Wickham, S et al. (5 more authors) (2019) Assessing the impact of rising child poverty on the unprecedented rise in infant mortality in England, 2000–2017: time trend analysis. BMJ Open, 9 (10). e029424. ISSN 2044-6055 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 966
  8. Pozniak, J, Nsengimana, J, Laye, JP et al. (15 more authors) (2019) Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Immune Response to Cutaneous Melanoma. Cancer Research, 79 (10). pp. 2684-2696. ISSN 0008-5472 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 922
  9. Williams, JJ, Mills, BJW and Lenton, TM (2019) A tectonically driven Ediacaran oxygenation event. Nature Communications, 10 (1). ARTN: 2690. DOI | WRRO record | Related data/code
    Article has an altmetric score of 902
  10. Best, E, Parnell, P, Couturier, J et al. (6 more authors) (2018) Environmental contamination by bacteria in hospital washrooms according to hand-drying method: a multi-centre study. Journal of Hospital Infection, 100 (4). pp. 469-475. ISSN 0195-6701 DOI | WRRO record
    Article has an altmetric score of 872