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Scholarly biography

I am a Principal Lecturer in Earth Science within the School of Applied Sciences (SAS). My teaching and research interests are:

  • glacial and periglacial processes
  • cold climate geomorphology
  • sedimentology and micromorphology
  • reconstructing Quaternary Environments

I am passionate about the environment and inspired by the outdoors – particularly mountainous and cold environments. My research has taken me to many exciting, and often breath-taking, locations in both the UK (e.g. Scotland, Wales, Dartmoor, Norfolk, The Lake District etc.) and abroad (e.g. Austria, Arctic Russia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Svalbard etc.) – experiences which help shape and inform my teaching, providing real-world examples both in the classroom and on student field trips.    

As well as publishing my own research in several high-impact, international journals, I place great value on providing undergraduate students with a chance to publish their research. That is why I am the pioneer and Editor-in-Chief of eGG - the e-journal of undergraduate research in Environment (e), Geography (G) and Geology (G). The aim of eGG is to motivate and facilitate undergraduate students to produce innovative, high quality research by disseminating their work through publication. Several students already have successfully published articles in eGG.  

In addition, I am the elected Coordinator of the University’s Past Human and Environment Dynamics (PHED) Research and Enterprise (R&E) Group (2017-present). As part of this role I am responsible for guiding the strategic development of the group, through research and enterprise action planning. Finally, I am an elected member of the School's Research & Enterprise Committee 2014-present (which aims to increase collectively the SAS research profile). In the past I have also been (i) a member of the School's Athena Swan Charter Group 2013-16 (to address gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine); (ii) representative for the School's Research Ethics and Governance Committee 2013-16 (to maintain high ethical standards in research); and (iii) a member of the School's Quality and Standards Committee 2017-19 (ensuring course quality and academic standards).

Research interests

My research forms three major strands: (i) iceberg-keel scouring processes; (ii) macro- and microscopic sediment deformation (glacial and periglacial); and (iii) reconstructing glacial processes/environments. 

I have played a key role in the conception, design and delivery of several collaborative research projects and I have been awarded internal and external funding for research to the value of ~£215K. I have been Principal Investigator (PI) on projects investigating: (1) iceberg-keel scouring in Antarctica, Canada, Greenland, The North Sea and Sweden; (2) the glacial history of the Kola Peninsula, Arctic Russia; and (3) mapping and quantifying sedimentary and geological structures using the Metripol microscopic method. As PI I am currently preparing projects in, for example: (1) protecting Arctic marine pipelines from ice keel scour; and (2) the micromorphology of periglacial ramparted depressions (pingos, palsas, lithalsas) in Norfolk. In addition, I am involved with other projects such as glacial reconstruction in central Ireland. I also have primary supervised a University-funded PhD project examining periglacial ramparted depressions, and I am currently primary supervising a second University-funded PhD project investigating glaciation of the Kola Peninsula and Russian Lapland in Arctic Russia.

As part of these projects I collaborate with some of the world’s most highly esteemed Quaternary, glacial and sedimentology scientists from institutions such as the British Antarctic Survey, the British Geological Survey, Brock University (Canada), Brunel University, C-CORE Research & Development (Canada), the Kola Science Centre (Russia), Manchester Metropolitan University, the National University of Singapore, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, the Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge), and the Universities of Aberdeen, Hertfordshire and Stockholm.

I have published papers in several high-impact, international, peer-reviewed journals in which I present, for the first time, a novel conceptual model illustrating the style and intensity of sediment deformation by iceberg-keel scouring in variable grain sizes. In addition, I have presented my multidisciplinary research (and lead- and co-convened sessions) at many national and international conferences, workshops and research seminars such as the Arctic Science Meeting, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Ice Scour and Arctic Marine Pipelines workshop, International Conference on Permafrost, International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting, International Micromorphology Symposium and the INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research) Congress. I continue to develop my international research profile through roles such as journal peer reviewer; Editor for INQUA’s Quaternary Perspectives (2013-16); as an Advisory Board Member of INQUA’s TERPRO (Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History) Commission (2015-present); and as an Editorial Board Member for the international open access journal Open Quaternary (2018-present).

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising Master's and PhD students in the following areas: ice(berg)-keel scouring, glacial/periglacial geomorphology and sedimentology, micromorphology and reconstructing cold environments.

Approach to teaching

I am the elected Course Leader of the BSc. (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology Course. I am involved in teaching several modules for Geography, Geology and Environmental Science courses at all undergraduate and Master’s levels, specialising in (1) Cold Environments (‘The Frozen Planet’, ‘Fundamentals of Physical Geography’ and ‘Ice Age Earth’ modules); and (2) Sedimentology (‘Palaeoenvironments’ module). I am also a supervisor to undergraduate dissertation students and I have primary-supervised two University-funded PhD projects.

With a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGcertHE) and as a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy) I value the importance of continually developing my teaching practice (including course design and curriculum development) for the benefit of all of my students. I enjoy getting, and encourage, student feedback; considering ways to support a variety of student learning approaches. Above all, it is my primary objective to engage with students, and I do this by using a variety of interactive techniques in lectures and practical classes, such as videos, Q&As, quizzes, pair work etc., as well as through personal tutorials.   

Finally, I am an active STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) Sussex ambassador, fostering links with secondary schools, and taking part in outreach events - such as the Big Bang South East - to encourage 9-18 year old students (particularly girls, who remain under-represented in STEMMM subjects) to follow a career in Geography, Earth Science and Environmental Science.

Education/Academic qualification

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 1 Sep 2012

PhD, Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 1 Nov 2010

Bachelor, University of Reading

Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

External positions

External Examiner, University of Greenwich

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2024

Keywords

  • GB Physical geography
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • QE Geology

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