Dr Nicholas Felstead
Lecturer
Geography
Telephone: (01792) 513084
Room: Academic Office - 235
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Publications

  1. & Novel vegetation and establishment of Chihuahuan Desert communities in response to late Pleistocene moisture availability in the Cuatrociénegas Basin, NE Mexico. The Holocene 29(3), 457-466.
  2. & Understanding the hydrogeology and surface flow in the Cuatrociénegas Basin (NE Mexico) using stable isotopes. Journal of Arid Environments 121, 15-23.
  3. & Paleoindian sites from the Basin of Mexico: Evidence from stratigraphy, tephrochronology and dating. Quaternary International 363, 4-19.
  4. & Holocene-aged human footprints from the Cuatrociénegas Basin, NE Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science 42, 250-259.

Teaching

  • GEB301 Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)

    This residential field course module explores the relationship between environment and society in the Himalayan state of Sikkim in NE India on the borders with China, Nepal, Tibet and West Bengal. The course is inter-disciplinary in approach and policy-oriented. Students work with members of University Staff in mixed groups of biologists, human geographers, physical geographers and zoologists. Through intensive inter-disciplinary group working students utilise (and pass on) their specialist skills in the group exercises and projects that are undertaken.

  • GEC259 Dadansoddi Data

    Mae'r modiwl yma yn ystyried pwysigrwydd astudio data ystadegol ym meysydd Dynol a Ffisegol Daearyddiaeth. Trafodwyd ystod o ddulliau ystadegol, a defnyddiwyd enghreifftiau ymarferol a syniadau cysyniadol i egluro eu defnydd. Rhoddwyd pwyslais arbennig ar osod y technegau hyn o fewn cyd-destun ymchwil Daearyddol ehangach. Defnyddiwyd meddalwedd ystadegol pwerus yn y sesiynau cyfrifiadurol ymarferol, sy'n cydymffurfio a safonau diwydiannol. Yn ogystal i ystadegau, mae'r modiwl hefyd yn cyflwyno myfyrwyr i gyflwyno a dadansoddi data gan ddefnyddio Systemau Wybodaeth Ddaearyddol ('GIS'), ac yn rhoi trosolwg o'r testun gydag enghreifftiau ymarferol. 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.

  • GEG111 Geographical Writing Skills and Personal Development Planning

    This module introduces students to key skills in scientific writing and career development. The module is taught through a tutorial programme throughout the year.

  • GEG132 Dynamic Earth Systems

    This module introduces the four main Earth systems: the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and provides a sound understanding of the processes within each system, and of the interactions between them. This module forms the essential foundation for any more advanced study of physical geography. The atmosphere section deals with flows of energy and moisture and their role in controlling climate over both space and time. The geosphere section deals with the origin of Earth, describes the distribution of different rock types and introduces the concept of plate tectonics. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • GEGM26 Climate Science and Policy

    This module will develop critical thinking about the role of science, especially climate science, in society. This role will be discussed in terms of what is desirable, what is practical and what is the present reality. We will focus on a few specific areas; how science provides advice to policy-makers (especially through the activities of bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and the symbotic/antagonistic relationship between science and the media. During the module you will consider the communication of climate science topics to scientists, the general public and to policy makers.