Dr Antonia Law

Title: Teaching Fellow in Geography
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 7 34306
Email: a.c.law@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith : WS 1.15
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Antonia Law

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.

My research is concerned with using lake sediment (palaeolimnology) records to understand how lakes develop biologically and chemically (ontogeny) over time and to reconstruct past environments. I am particularly interested in understanding how climate can modify lake ontogeny over the millennial time-scales in the low Arctic area of south-western Greenland and how climate interacts with lakes and their catchments to determine lake water chemistry and biological structure.  

I use a range of proxies to undertake this palaeolimnological research including diatoms, sedimentary pigments, and sediment analysis and geochemistry. I am also interested in how the hydrology of arctic lake catchments can be used to reconstruct periods of climate change in the past from lake sediment records.

Selected Publications

  • Law AC, Anderson NJ, McGowan S. 2015. Spatial and temporal variability of lake ontogeny in south-western Greenland. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 126, 1-16. link> doi>
  • Anderson, NJ, Liversidge, AC, McGowan, S, Jones, MD. 2012. 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>
  • McGowan S, Gunn HV, Whiteford EJ, Anderson NJ, Jones VJ, Law AC. 2017. Functional attributes of epilithic diatoms for palaeoenvironmental interpretations in South-West Greenland lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology. doi>
  • McGowan S, Gunn HV, Whiteford EJ, Anderson NJ, Jones VJ, Law AC. 2017. Functional attributes of epilithic diatoms for palaeoenvironmental interpretations in South-West Greenland lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology. doi>
  • McGowan S, Gunn HV, Whiteford EJ, Anderson NJ, Jones VJ, Law AC. 2017. Functional attributes of epilithic diatoms for palaeoenvironmental interpretations in South-West Greenland lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • McGowan S, Gunn HV, Whiteford EJ, Anderson NJ, Jones VJ, Law AC. 2017. Functional attributes of epilithic diatoms for palaeoenvironmental interpretations in South-West Greenland lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology. doi>
  • McGowan S, Gunn HV, Whiteford EJ, Anderson NJ, Jones VJ, Law AC. 2017. Functional attributes of epilithic diatoms for palaeoenvironmental interpretations in South-West Greenland lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology. doi>
  • McGowan S, Gunn HV, Whiteford EJ, Anderson NJ, Jones VJ, Law AC. 2017. Functional attributes of epilithic diatoms for palaeoenvironmental interpretations in South-West Greenland lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology. doi>
  • Anderson NJ, Saros JE, Bullard JE, Cahoon SMP, McGowan S, Bagshaw EA, Barry CD, Bindler R, Burpee BT, Carrivick JL, Fowler RA, Fox AD, Fritz SC, Giles ME, Hamerlik L, Ingeman-Nielsen T, Law AC, Mernild SH, Northington RM, Osburn CL, Pla-Rabès S, Post E, Telling J, Stroud DA, Whiteford EJ, Yallop ML, Yde JC. 2017. The Arctic in the Twenty-First Century: Changing Biogeochemical Linkages across a Paraglacial Landscape of Greenland. Bioscience, vol. 67(2), 118-133. link> doi>
  • Anderson NJ, Saros JE, Bullard JE, Cahoon SMP, McGowan S, Bagshaw EA, Barry CD, Bindler R, Burpee BT, Carrivick JL, Fowler RA, Fox AD, Fritz SC, Giles ME, Hamerlik L, Ingeman-Nielsen T, Law AC, Mernild SH, Northington RM, Osburn CL, Pla-Rabès S, Post E, Telling J, Stroud DA, Whiteford EJ, Yallop ML, Yde JC. 2017. The Arctic in the Twenty-First Century: Changing Biogeochemical Linkages across a Paraglacial Landscape of Greenland. Bioscience, vol. 67(2), 118-133. link> doi>
  • Law AC, Anderson NJ, McGowan S. 2015. Spatial and temporal variability of lake ontogeny in south-western Greenland. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 126, 1-16. link> doi>
  • Anderson, NJ, Liversidge, AC, McGowan, S, Jones, MD. 2012. 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>

Foundation Year

  • ESC-00005 Global Warming or New Ice Age? (Module Leader)

Year One

  • 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)

Year Two

  • 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

Year Three

  • ESC-30018 Global Environmental Change
  • GEG-30006/8 Geography Double/Single Dissertation
  • GEG-30006/08 Geographical Research Training
  • 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.