Areas of Expertise

  • wildfire
  • carbon emissions
  • soil hydrology
  • geomorphology
  • karst
  • water pollution
  • biochar

Publications

  1. & Soil seal development under simulated rainfall: Structural, physical and hydrological dynamics. Journal of Hydrology 556, 211-219.
  2. & CO2 efflux from soils with seasonal water repellency. Biogeosciences 14(20), 4781-4794.
  3. & Carbon sequestration potential and physicochemical properties differ between wildfire charcoals and slow-pyrolysis biochars. Scientific Reports 7(1)
  4. & Effectiveness of Polyacrylamide, Wood Shred Mulch, and Pine Needle Mulch as Post-Fire Hillslope Stabilization Treatments in Two Contrasting Volcanic Soils. Forests 8(7), 247
  5. & Livestock grazing alters multiple ecosystem properties and services in salt marshes: a meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology

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Teaching

  • GEC266 Ymdrin â Daearyddiaeth Ffisegol

    Bwriad y modiwl hon yw i gyflwyno myfyrwyr i hanes ac athroniaeth daearyddiaeth ffisegol, a'r wahanol ffyrdd o ymdrin a'r ddisgyblaeth. Yn ogystal a chyfleu syniad o'r prif ymatebion hyn a'u hysblygiad, roddwyd pwyslais hefyd ar eu pwysigrwydd yn nhermau ymarferion ymchwil, gan dynnu sylw yn arbennig i esiamplau cyfoes o wyddoniaeth 'da' a 'drwg'. Bydd myfyrwyr yn archwilio datblygiad y wahanol ffurdd o ymdrin a daearyddiaeth ffisegol a beth yw goblygiadau hyn i ymchwil trwy astudio testunau allweddol yn hanes y disgyblaeth. Mae'r cysylltiad rhwng yr ymatebion ymchwil damcaniaethol ac ymarferol a fydd hefyd yn cael ei amlygu drwy creu: portffolio grp;adolygiad llenyddiaeth unigol.Yn ogystal, mae 5 darlithoedd ar gyflogadwyedd. This module aims to introduce students to the history and philosophical approaches of Physical Geography and the range of alternative approaches characterizing the discipline. In addition to conveying the main approaches and their evolution, their implication in terms of research practice are given particular emphasis, including recent examples of `good¿ and `poor¿ science. The way in which alternative approaches to Physical Geography have developed and what this entails for research is explored partly through student-centred investigation of key topics in the history of the discipline. The link between conceptual approaches and research practice is also highlighted in the development of a `mock¿ and a `real¿ research proposal, the latter covering the topic to be pursued as the future dissertation project. The module also includes 5 careers lectures which explore the career opportunities for Geography graduates and ways of further enhancing your employability.

  • GEG102 Earth's Changing Face

    Every geographer should have an understanding of the processes that form the landscape, the ways such processes have operated in the past and how they may change in the future in response to human activities and climatic change. Emphasis is given in the module to processes and how they vary across the Earth¿s surface, factors that affect Earth surface systems in different environments, and the likely consequences of human interference with natural processes. There are two main themes: 1) geomorphological and hydrological processes and their interaction with climatic change and society; and 2) natural environmental change on long and shorter timescales.

  • GEG206 Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards

    This module investigates hazardous aspects of Earth¿s natural environment and how society relates to them. Introductory principles include the definition of natural hazard, disaster, risk and loss, and approaches to reducing risk and managing disasters. Major types of natural hazard are studied in order to understand how they operate, where, and how frequently they are likely to occur. Their hazardous consequences are explored, as well as how society can respond to hazardous events. Key aspects include consideration of the factors that turn natural hazards into disasters, how the hazardous nature of natural environmental agents can be predicted, forecast and monitored, and how their harmful effects can be minimised. The major natural hazards considered are volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, slope failures and high-magnitude-low-frequency events such as meteorite impacts. Lectures consider general principles as well as case studies. A project (50% of module assessment) comprises submission of an individual poster dealing with a specific event, and presentation of a short seminar as part of a group.

  • GEG252M Geographical Fieldwork skills: Mallorca

    The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions within the Mallorca, which serves as an example of a region with a Mediterranean climate, and applying relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographical landscape and inherent features of Mallorca and the Mediterranean. Students taking this module will gain experience in research design, methodologies, data analysis and presentation methods, including seminars, posters and reports. Students taking this field course focus on either the physical or human geography on the region and conduct project work appropriate to their specialism. The module comprises preparatory lectures in Swansea during teaching block 2 and a one week field course, which typically runs in the last week of teaching block 2.

  • GEG259 Data Analysis

    This module examines the importance of statistical data analysis in quantitative research in both Human and Physical Geography. A range of statistical methods with wide application are discussed, using theoretical explanation and practical examples to illustrate their use. Particular importance is given to placing these techniques within the broader context of Geographical research. Powerful, industry-standard statistical analysis software is used in the computer practical sessions. In addition to statistics, the module also introduces students to the presentation and analysis of data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), giving an overview of this topic, illustrated with practical examples.

  • GEG264A Environmental Research Methods A

    The module covers research project design, data collection and some aspects of data analysis. Students are introduced to a range of laboratory and field techniques in physical geography. They gain experience in describing and interpreting results derived from laboratory techniques concerned with reconstructing the depositional history of sediments, chemical analysis of water and sediment from a variety of sources and the simulation of geomorphological processes.

  • GEG266 Approaches to Physical Geography

    This module aims to introduce students to the history and philosophical approaches of Physical Geography and the range of alternative approaches characterizing the discipline. In addition to conveying the main approaches and their evolution, their implication in terms of research practice are given particular emphasis, including recent examples of `good¿ and `poor¿ science. The way in which alternative approaches to Physical Geography have developed and what this entails for research is explored partly through student-centred investigation of key topics in the history of the discipline in the form of a group portfolio and an individual literature review.

  • GEG331 Dissertation Report: Geography

    The dissertation is an original, substantive and independent research project in an aspect of Geography. It is typically based on approximately 20 - 25 days of primary research and several weeks of analysis and write-up. The end result must be less than 10,000 words of text. The dissertation offers you the chance to follow your personal interests and to demonstrate your capabilities as a Geographer. During the course of your dissertation you will be supported by a student-led discussion group and a staff supervisor, and you will also provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This support and supervision is delivered through the 'Dissertation Support' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • GEG332 Dissertation Support: Geography

    This module provides structured, student-led peer-group support and academic staff group supervision for students undertaking the 30-credit 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module. This support and supervision is assessed through the submission of a PowerPoint Poster in TB1 and the submission in TB2 of an individually composed, critical and reflective log of the 5 dissertation peer-group meetings and the 4 group supervisory meetings (with a verified record of attendance at meetings). Working within a supervised Student Peer Group, you will also have the opportunity to provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This module complements the 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • 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.)

  • GEG345 Humid Tropical Environments and Landscapes

    The module examines the range and nature of humid tropical environments and landscapes and how they respond to climatic factors and climatic change. Section I focuses on the climatic environment. Section II investigates hydrological and geomorphological processes within the humid tropical zone and the impacts of logging. Section III is devoted to climatic change and its forcing factors and their interactions with vegetation in the humid tropics at a variety of timescales. Section IV considers landforms and landscapes in the humid tropics, with Individual lectures focusing upon landscape form and drainage networks; tropical karst and coral reef islands.

  • GEGM07 Principles of Environmental Dynamics

    This module aims to explain and understand past, present and potential future changes in the Earth's climate and environment. It provides a broad approach to environmental processes and dynamics operating on land, in the oceans and in the atmosphere on a global and regional scale. Emphasis is placed on the evidence available for reconstructing past environmental dynamics, the implications for present-day processes, future predictions and likely impacts.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Santin Nuno
  • Climate change effect on soil C fluxes- production and transport of CO2 in soils prone to water repellency (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Emilia Urbanek
  • Assessing erosional impacts of rainforest logging, conversion to oil palm and riparian forest zones in the Brantian catchment, Sabah, Borneo, using a sediment fingerprinting and dating approach. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Walsh
  • Influence of chemical and physical factors in determining soil water repellency (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter Douglas
  • Prescribed fire in Wales: Trade-offs between ecosystem health and pollution risk (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Santin Nuno