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Geography
Telephone: (01792) 295184
Room: Academic Office - 234
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • stable isotopes
  • dendrochronology
  • dendroclimatology
  • radiocarbon dating
  • proxy data
  • phytoremediation
  • biochar

Publications

  1. de Boer, H., Robertson, I., Clisby, R., Loader, N., Gagen, M., Young, G., Wagner-Cremer, F., Hipkin, C., McCarroll, D. Tree-ring isotopes suggest atmospheric drying limits temperature–growth responses of treeline bristlecone pine Tree Physiology 39 6 983 999
  2. Misi, D., Puchałka, R., Pearson, C., Robertson, I., Koprowski, M. Differences in the Climate-Growth Relationship of Scots Pine: A Case Study from Poland and Hungary Forests 10 3 243
  3. Gebregeorgis, E., Zewdie, S., Wils, T., Robertson, I., Eshetu, Z., Koprowski, M. Precipitation as the Main Driver of the Radial Growth of Cupressus lusitanica (Mill.) at Wondo Genet, Ethiopia Baltic Forestry 24 1 77 85
  4. Woodborne, S., Hall, G., Jones, C., Loader, N., Patrut, A., Patrut, R., Robertson, I., Winkler, S., Winterbach, C. A 250-Year Isotopic Proxy Rainfall Record from Southern Botswana Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Chemia 63 1 109 123
  5. Wils, T., Robertson, I., Woodborne, S., Hall, G., Koprowski, M., Eshetu, Z. Anthropogenic forcing increases the water-use efficiency of African trees Journal of Quaternary Science 31 4 386 390

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Teaching

  • BIOM25B Science Skills and Research Methods

    This intensive lecture and practical based module covers science skills for students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies, including MSc, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees. It will teach students how to make good use of library and internet resources (including Web of Science, Voyager and Blackboard), to design and analyse their experiments, and to make presentations of their data during conferences and symposia. It will provide PG students in the Department of Biosciences (and other Departments in the College of Science) with the research and analytical skills necessary to carry out their research projects. It will teach them how to formulate and test scientific hypotheses, and how to generate and analyse scientific results using a variety of research methods. Lecture topics include Reporting and Presentation skills, Numerical skills, Philosophy and Methodology of Science, and Biostatistics. The lectures are taught during the first part of the Semester. The module is examined through a combination of CA (50%) and Examination in the form of a MCQ test (50%). Basic reading: Whitlock, M. and Schluter, D. (2014) The Analysis of Biological Data (Roberts & Co.). Crawley, M.J. (2005) Statistics: An Introduction Using R (Wiley). Original research papers given in reading list

  • 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.

  • GEG132 Dynamic Earth Systems

    This module forms the essential foundation for any more advanced study of physical geography. It introduces the four main Earth systems: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. It provides a sound understanding of the processes within each system, and of the interactions between them. The atmosphere section deals with flows of energy and moisture and their role in controlling climate over both space and time. The hydrosphere section focuses on the concepts of the hydrological cycle and main processes associated with the water fluxes. The biosphere section deals mainly with flows of energy and nutrients between Earth systems. The geosphere section introduces topics like the origin of Earth, the concept of plate tectonics, describes the distribution of different rock types and processes occurring in geosphere. In addition main properties and functions of soil, formation of different soil types across the world and changes of climate in the past, current and the future, proxies of climate change are included.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • GEG358 Climate of the last 1000 years

    The aim of this module is to provide the participants with the relevant skills to place the widely reported anthropogenic influences upon climate into the perspective of a naturally changing climatic system. The module focuses upon the techniques used to reconstruct changes in climate over the last 1000 years and presents reconstructions at differing temporal scales. The module is directed towards students with a basic scientific and mathematical background.

  • 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

  • Enhancing Japanese knotweed control and long-term site restoration post-treatment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • Mapping hydrological pathways and apportioning sources of metals at Nant y Mwyn (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Walsh
  • Re-vegetation and stabilization of toxic mine waste using biochar compost (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Alayne Street-Perrott
  • Remediation of contaminated motorway runoff preventing the mobilisation of toxic pollutants into the environment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
  • 'The use of a sustainable biochar compost for the revegetation and stabilisation of metal mine tailings.' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Professor Alayne Street-Perrott
  • 'A dendroecological assessment of the impact of the balsam wooly adelgid (Adelges piceae) on radial growth of Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis) in the Pacific Northwest region of North America' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd