I am a Physical Geographer with a particular interest in Palaeoclimates and Palaeoenvironments. I have worked on a range of geological time periods including the Carboniferous and the Cretaceous but my main interest lies in reconstructing Quaternary environments.
Before starting my PhD, I studied for a BSc in Physical Geography at the University of Leeds and subsequently completed a Masters at the University of Bristol in Palaeobiology, undertaking a dissertation which bridged the Earth Sciences Department and the Organic Geochemistry Unit in the Department of Chemistry.
Whilst completing my studies, I also enjoyed volunteering. I worked with the Scarborough Museums Trust and the Bristol Museum to deliver outreach in Palaeontology and I was a STEM ambassador for the West England Hub. This role involved getting young children, particularly under represented groups, into Science by delivering workshops and giving talks in assemblies.
Title: Historical sea-level changes in Australia: Testing the Arctic Ice Melt Hypothesis
Supervisors: Professor Roland Gehrels (University of York), Professor Patrick Moss (University of Queensland), Dr Andrew Sole (University of Sheffield), Dr Sönke Dagendorf (University of Siegen)
Funding: ACCE DTP, NERC.
This project will seek to reconstruct sea level in southeast Australia over the last ca. 500 years to test the Arctic Ice Melt Hypothesis: the theory that before anthropogenic influence, melting from the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic glaciers was responsible for a rapid rise in sea level during the 19th and 20th century that departed from the Holocene trend. Because melting ice causes gravitational perturbations, each melting event leaves behind specific sea-level "fingerprints" which can be tracked across space and time. The gravitational changes result in a non-uniform distribution of sea-level with large relative sea-level drops closest to the melt source and sea-level rise thousands of kilometres away in the mid-latitudes. Therefore, Australia is an ideal location in which to observe this change.
The main aims of the project are to: