Areas of Expertise
- Quaternary Science and palaeoenvironmental change
- Abrupt and rapid climatic changes
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.
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.)
2012 - Present
|Start Date||End Date||Position Held||Location|
|2012||Present||Professor of Physical Geography||Swansea University|
|2008||2011||Senior Lecturer||Swansea University|
|2003||2004||Post-doctoral research assistant||University of Copenhagen|
|2002||2003||Post-doctoral research assistant||Stockholm University|
2007 - 2011
2011 - 2014
2010 - 2013
(NERC Consortium) Principal Investigator: Clark, C (University of Sheffield).
European Research Council (ERC) Independent Starting Grant (Project no. 259253). Principal Investigator. , ERC €1,471,116.80
Principal Investigator: Austin, WEN. Co-Investigators Davies, SM & Cage, AG., NERC Small grant (NE/H012273/1) £51,767
Principal Investigator: Wilson, R. Co-Investigators: Edwards, KJ & Davies, SM., Leverhulme Trust (F/00 268/BG) £248,715
Principal Investigator; Co-Investigators: Austin, WEN and Pearce, NJG., NERC Standard grant (NE/F020600/1)
Our research focuses on environmental variability throughout the Quaternary and the effects of future climatic change. It is centred on regions especially sensitive to environmental change (tropical, cold and wildfire-prone) and also considers interactions between climate change, human disturbance and catastrophic events.