Publications

  1. & Short-lived juvenile effects observed in stable carbon and oxygen isotopes of UK oak trees and historic building timbers. Chemical Geology 472, 1-7.
  2. & A simple stable carbon-isotope method for investigating changes in the use of recent versus old carbon in oak.. Tree Physiology
  3. & Internal dynamics condition centennial-scale oscillations in marine-based ice stream retreat. Geology
  4. Simple Statistical Tests for Geography. CRC Press / Chapman and Hall.
  5. Trimline Trauma: The Wider Implications of a Paradigm Shift in Recognising and Interpreting Glacial Limits. Scottish Geographical Journal 132(2), 130-139.

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Teaching

  • GEC100 Sgiliau Daearyddol

    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw cyflwyno myfyrwyr i sgiliau daearyddol craidd. Bydd y sgiliau gwerthfawr yma yn cael eu meithrin trwy gydol eu gradd ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe. Dylai myfyrwyr sy'n dilyn y modiwl gallu defnyddio'r technegau hyn i ddehongli a dadansoddi data o amrywiaeth o amgylcheddau a chyd-destunau. Trafodwyd sgiliau cyflwyno megis defnydd tablau a chreu mapiau. (The aim of this module is to introduce the participants to essential geographical skills.These invaluable skills will become enhanced throughout their degree at Swansea University. Participants should be able to apply these techniques to data from a wide variety of environments and contexts. Presentation skills will be covered from the use of tables to the drawing of maps.)

  • GEG100 Geographical skills

    The aim of this module is to introduce the participants to essential geographical skills.These invaluable skills will become enhanced throughout their degree at Swansea University. Participants should be able to apply these techniques to data from a wide variety of environments and contexts. Presentation skills will be covered from the use of tables to the drawing of maps.

  • GEG268 Dissertation Preparation

    The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.

  • GEG333 Geographical Research Frontiers

    This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)

  • GEGM21 Climate Change - Past, Present and Future

    This module will examine the Earth's climate system, and the principal natural and anthropogenic forcing mechanisms controlling it. The detection and nature of recent environmental changes will be discussed within the context of the Earth's climate history . The tools and methods used to measure, predict and study climate changes will be introduced. This will include the fundamental structure of General Circulation Models and how these techniques may be employed in conjunction with instrumental and proxy data to study the climate of the past and to reduce uncertainty in future climate change projections.

  • GEL121 Introducing Planet Earth: an overview of geology

    Geology is the study of the composition and history of planet Earth and the processes that operate within the planet and on its surface. This module provides an overview of geology, with a strong emphasis on practical and fieldwork. By the end of the module you will be able to identify minerals and rocks, and know how to interpret them to understand the behaviour of volcanoes and earthquakes, the formation of mountain belts, the distribution of resources, and the history of the Earth¿s surface. Teaching through lectures is supplemented by regular practical classes and five half-day field classes. Taking this module alongside Year One Geography modules will complete your credit requirements at Year One. The module is recommended if you have an interest in physical geography, although it is accessible to all students. No previous experience of geology is needed.

  • GEL122 Earth science in the field

    Acquiring fieldwork skills and experience is vital training for Earth scientists. This module develops geological fieldwork skills through two intensive residential weekends, three half-day field classes and an independent field-based project. The first weekend (27-29 October 2017), introduces key aspects of geology in the field, including a variety of rock types, folds and faults, fossils and field relations, as well as developing skills such as keeping a field notebook, making a field sketch, using a compass-clinometer to measure the orientation of rock surfaces, and manipulating structural data. The second weekend (16-18 February 2018) applies knowledge, understanding and experience gained through the year (including in GEL121) to more advanced aspects of geology in the field, including sediment logging, correlation and lateral variation, and basic field mapping. The field weekends are supported by tutorial meetings and assessed through activities undertaken in the field, including a field notebook, and reports prepared afterwards. Local, half-day field classes in Teaching Block 2 focus on geological resource exploitation in the South Wales Coalfield and are assessed through a report. Finally, students undertake an independent project based on the geology of an area of their choosing, producing a poster and a field guide. This module builds on material covered in GEL121 (Introducing planet Earth: an overview of geology) which is a co-requisite, and provides a firm foundation for the study of Year 2 geology modules. The module is compulsory for students enrolled on BSc Physical Earth Science. It is not available to students enrolled for other Geography degree schemes.

  • GEL203 Earth history

    This module will investigate the history of planet Earth with particular emphasis on the fossil evidence. Life appeared very early on Earth, and changes in the oceans, atmosphere and in climate are intimately linked to the evolution of life. Large changes in the fossil record represent major events in Earth¿s history, including the catastrophic collapse of ecosystems and major radiations of diversity. We will take a journey through the history of the planet, tracking major changes in ecosystems and focussing on the major events, as well as considering the way that the fossil evidence has been used in debates about the way that evolution works.

Supervision

  • The effect of climate and carbon dioxide on oxygen isotopes in tree rings (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mary Gagen