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Dr Katherine Selby, Director of the School of Natural Sciences 

Teaching students about the natural environment is rewarding and inspiring. Using interdisciplinary approaches, students are motivated to pursue careers in a wide range of scientific fields as a result of studying for their degree.  

Dr Katherine Selby

Dr Katherine Selby is a Quaternary Scientist with specific expertise in sea level change and coastal environments.

Her main research areas focus on:

  1. Reconstruction of past sea level changes
  2. Environmental reconstruction of coastal areas and how these may have influenced cultural development
  3. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using pollen and diatom analyses in coastal and lake settings.

This research supports Katherine’s teaching in modules including Physical Geography, Earth Processes and Landforms and Coastal Environments. Katherine is keen to promote fieldwork in the modules she teaches and includes trips to the coast to collect data and view important sites. She has also developed a virtual fieldtrip for students to access online.

Katherine joined the Department of Environment and Geography in 2007, moving from the School of Geography at the University of Southampton, and has been Deputy Head of the Department of Environment and Geography. She undertook her PhD at Coventry University investigating Late Quaternary sea level changes on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and post-doctoral research at the University of Exeter examining lacustrine environments in central Ireland.

Katherine is Director of the School of Natural Sciences and Chair of Natural Sciences Board of Examiners. 





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Contact details

Dr Katherine Selby
Senior Lecturer
Department of Environment
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 324784
Selby, Katherine