Dr Keziah J. Stott

Title: Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 7 34955
Email: k.j.stott@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith : WS 1.24
Role: Admissions Tutor for Environment and Sustainability, Environmental Science and Natural Sciences
Contacting me:
Keziah Stott

I joined the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences at Keele in October 2012 as a Teaching Fellow in Environment and Sustainability.

Prior to this I attended the University of St Andrews where I gained a first in BSc Geography (Hons.). During my degree I started researching the marine bivalve Arctica islandica for my undergraduate dissertation and as part of a Nuffield Undergraduate bursary.

My interest in studying this long lived mollusc continued when I was awarded a SAGES (Scottish Alliance of Geoscience, Environment and Society) PhD studentship which I carried out at St Andrews, with supervision from Dr William Austin, Dr Rob Wilson and Dr Mark Inall (SAMS, Oban) which focused on investigating the potential of Arctica islandica from Scottish fjords as a climate/environmental proxy.

My research interests are principally in the use of proxy records to reconstruct past climate and environmental change. Primarily I have undertaken this research in the marine environment, using the marine bivalve Arctica islandica and studying its potential in N. W. Scotland as a means for reconstructing past climate change in two fjords.

These fjords represent an important transition between the deep marine and terrestrial environments and therefore represent a key location to understand our climate systems. I also have a keen interest in investigating terrestrial environments using dendrochronological techniques as a result of attending the NADEF field week in 2008, and I look forward to using experience gained on two field trips in the Scottish Highlands undertaking dendrochronological sampling in the future to carry out research in this field.

During my academic career I have used a variety of tools to investigate Arctica islandica including growth increment measurements to investigate the link between marine and terrestrial temperature variability and shell growth rates, stable isotope analysis δ13C to investigate the timing of the anthropogenic Suess Effect in Scottish fjordic environments and variations in 14C to see the timing of the incorporation of 14C from nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s (the 14C bomb-peak).

Selected Publications

  • Stott KJ, Austin WEN, Sayer MDJ, Weidman CR, Cage AG, Wilson RJS. 2010. The potential of Arctica islandica growth records to reconstruct coastal climate in north west Scotland, UK. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 29(13-14), 1602-1613. link> doi>
  • Stott KJ, Austen, W.E.N., Sayer, M.D.J., Weidman, C.R., Cage A.G., Wilson, RJS. 2009. The potentialof Arctica islandica growth records to reconstruct coastal climate in north west Scotland,UK. Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 29, 1602-1613. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Stott KJ, Austin WEN, Sayer MDJ, Weidman CR, Cage AG, Wilson RJS. 2010. The potential of Arctica islandica growth records to reconstruct coastal climate in north west Scotland, UK. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 29(13-14), 1602-1613. link> doi>
  • Stott KJ, Austen, W.E.N., Sayer, M.D.J., Weidman, C.R., Cage A.G., Wilson, RJS. 2009. The potentialof Arctica islandica growth records to reconstruct coastal climate in north west Scotland,UK. Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 29, 1602-1613. doi>

First Year:

  • ESC-10042: Environmental Science Skills
  • ESC-10044: An Introduction to Environment and Sustainability
  • ESC-10052: Greening Business: Sustainability in Organisations (NXU module)

Second Year:

  • Lake District field course
  • ESC-20032: Environmental Analytical Methods
  • ESC-20033: Research Skills in Environment and Sustainability

Third Year:

  • Dissertations for AES and E&S