A love for natural landscape and a fascination with lakes and mountains led me to wonder how and why these spectacular landscapes had formed. As a result, I went on to study Geography at the University of Nottingham where I became interested in reconstructing past environments and glacial geomorphology and sedimentology. I continued to learn about environmental change and the proxies and techniques that can be used to reconstruct the past at Royal Holloway University of London, where I completed an MSc in Quaternary Science in 2006. Following this, I completed a PhD in palaeolimnology at the University of Loughborough where I researched the “role of climate in determining the ontogeny trends of low Arctic lakes, south-western Greenland”. In September 2012 I started as a Teaching Fellow in Geography at Keele University.
Research and scholarship
My primary research uses lake sediment records (palaeolimnology) and a range of proxies including diatoms, sedimentary pigments, sediment analysis and XRF (geochemistry) to alongside geomorphological, limnological and sedimentological techniques to investigate a number of research areas.
Lake ontogeny and climate. Accurate interpretations of lake sediment records in terms of environmental and climatic change require an understanding of how lakes develop biologically and chemically (ontogeny) over time. I am particularly interested in understanding how climate can modify lake ontogeny trajectories and how climate interacts with lakes and their catchments to determine lake water chemistry and biological structure.
Reconstructing abrupt environmental change from lake sediment records. Lakes under certain climatic and catchment settings can produce sensitive and high resolution archives of environmental change. I am exploring how high resolution XRF data can be used to identify periods of abrupt climate change in order to highlight the timing, duration and impact on lake ecosystems.
Proglacial lake ecosystems. As ice margins retreat in high latitude regions, proglacial areas and the number of new lakes increase. I am interested in characterising the nature of these new ecosystems and what they can tell us about the early stages of lake ontogeny. In particular, how the hydrology (e.g. groundwater and glacial water) of these regions contributes to the ecology, nutrient status and water chemistry of these new aquatic environments.
I have a number of potential MSc/PhD projects available. Please follow the links below and contact me if you are interested.
Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
Member of the British Society of Geomorphology
Member of the Quaternary Research Society
Member of the International Society for Diatom Research
- ESC-00005 Global Warming or New Ice Age? (Module Leader)
- ESC-10038 Geographical Skills
- ESC-10035 The Practice of Physical Geography
- ESC-10039 Fundamentals of Physical Geography
- ESC-10041 People and the Environment
- ESC-10032 Global Warming or New Ice Age? (Module Leader)
- GEG-20018 Concepts and Debates in Geography
- ESC-20029 Practical Physical Geography (Module Leader)
- ESC-20049/50 dynamic Geographies-Representing the World
- ESC-20030 Regional Landsystems
- ESC-30018 Global Environmental Change
- GEG-30006/8 Geography Double/Single Dissertation
- GEG-30006/08 Geographical Research Training
Full Publications List show
Lake and catchment response to Holocene environmental change: spatial variability along a climate gradient in southwest Greenland. Journal of Paleolimnology, vol. 48(1), 209-222. doi>2012.
- Oral presentation: The British Diatomist Meeting (October 2014). Spatial and temporal variability of lake ontogeny in south-western Greenland.
- Poster presentation: The QRA Annual Discussion Meeting (January 2013). Holocene climatic change and lake ontogeny in south-western Greenland.
- Oral presentation: The International Palaeolimnology Symposium (August 2012). Holocene climate change and lake ontogeny in south-western Greenland.
- Poster presentation: Leng, M., Anderson, N.J., Wagner, B., Bennike, O., D’Andrea, W.J., Liversidge, A.C., McGowan, S. (2011). Deglaciation, lake ontogeny and organic carbon cycling in SW Greenland lakes. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011, abstract #B21E-0303
- Oral presentation: The QRA Postgraduate Symposium (2009). The role of climate in determining ontogeny trends of low Arctic lakes, south-western Greenland.
- Oral presentation: The British Diatomist Meeting (2009). The role of climate in determining ontogeny trends of low Arctic lakes, south-western Greenland.
- Charlotte Briddon. 2016. Investigating aquatic community response during the anthropocene at Tasik Chini, Malaysia. Unpublished MSc thesis, Keele University.
*Accreditation is dependent on the degree route and modules taken