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Scholarly biography

Laura Evenstar specialises in geomorphology, sedimentology and superficial ore deposits from tectonically active arid regions around the world. She has a with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Leeds and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen. Prior to joining the University of Brighton in 2019, she worked as a Senior Research Associate and Senior Teaching Associate the University of Bristol, funded by BHP Mining Company researching landscape evolution within Northern Chile and its links with supergene enrichment mineralisation. Before joining the University of Bristol she worked as a research fellow in the University of Aberdeen,funded by a consortium of companies from the oil industry, examining the interaction between terrestrial depostional systems and salt diapirs as potential reservoirs for petroleum.

She is currently an Editorial Board member of Elsevier Journal 'Geomorphology' and in the University of Brighton, is a member of the Applied Geosciences and the Past Human and Environment Dynamics Research and Enterprise Groups, and the Centre for Aquatic Environments.

Research interests

My research concentrates on long-term (Oligo-Miocene – Quaternary) sedimentary and landscape development on a multi-basin scale, focusing on better understanding of the role of tectonics and climate. The aims of this research provide an innovative, multi-disciplinary and multi-proxy approach that is advancing understanding of the development of economic deposits (e.g. supergene enrichment and oil trap dynamics). The approaches used include remote sensing, GIS, sedimentology, developing palaeo-elevation techniques, field based stratigraphic studies, large-scale basin analysis and mapping and dating of geomorphic surfaces using cosmogenic isotopes. Core field areas include the Central Andes, SW USA, Ethiopia and Afghanistan.

Approach to teaching

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am passionate about passing on my love for my subject to people whether this is through public engagement events for adults, running workshops for school children, teaching undergraduates or supervising postgraduate students. I have experience in teaching through a variety of different mediums from large scale lectures, workshops, laboratory practical’s, small groups teaching to field trips for undergraduate to postgraduate students. 

I have a broad background in geology and in particular love fieldwork-based research and teaching. I have lead, co-lead and demonstrated on a number of fieldtrips from undergraduate to postgraduate level.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising projects in the following topics:

  • Landscape processes in arid zones,
  • Fluvial sedimentology
  • Salt tectonics.
  • In-situ Cosmogenic isotope dating
  • Supergene enrichment of ore deposits.
  • Tectonics geomorphology
  • Fluvial landscape development in tectonically active regions
  • Large scale uplift of mountain ranges. 


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