Research Topics available - Quaternary Environments and Palaeoclimates

If you are interested in Quaternary environments and palaeoclimates, please get in touch for information about specific research topics or to discuss your own project ideas. This research contributes to the School's Geosystems research theme. A selection of available research projects is listed below. 

ContactsDr Alix CageDr Antonia LawDr Katie SzkornikDr Richard WallerDr Peter Knight; Professor Chris Fogwill

For further information about our research, please visit the Research Centre for Geography, Geology and Environment website.

The origin, timing and palaeoglaciological significance of lateral meltwater channels in the North Pennines

An investigation into the geological controls on coastal recession: insights from the North Yorkshire coastline (Ravenscar to Staithes), UK.

A new approach to characterise variability in Antarctic Bottom Water formation from Antarctic ice cores

Improving reconstructions of S. Hemisphere Westerly airflow in the S. Atlantic: Developing a tephra and dust stratigraphy from an Antarctic ice core record

This project will explore the potential impact of aquaculture on fjordic ecosystems.

This project will use newly-obtained marine sediment cores from the Iceland Sea to provide much-needed palaeooceanographic reconstructions.

This project aims to characterise the ecology and geomorphology of former lakes which occupied kettle holes in Skeiðarársandur, southern Iceland.

This project aims to map the nature and history of the drainage systems developed at the end of the last glaciation.

This project aims to quantify the number of proglacial lakes in SE Iceland and to determine whether groundwater-fed lakes are only short-lived (decades) features in this landsystem. 

This project will use a number of geomorphological, sedimentological (particle size analysis), and geochemical (XRF analysis) techniques to identify the sequence of retreat of the ice-margin

This project aims to use proxies (including diatoms, pollen, geochemistry, and sedimentary parameters) from meres and mosses to reconstruct Holocene environmental change.

This project will use a multi-proxy approach (e.g. sedimentology, geochemistry and foraminiferal taxonomy) on a marine sediment core captured from Muck Deep (Hebridean Shelf) to explore past environmental change.

This project will utilise a range of sedimentological and structural techniques to critically examine the geological evidence for these interactions.

This project will study the geomorphology of the area, its relationship to the underlying geology, and the landscape evolution due to Quaternary climate change.

This project uses novel tracers of environmental change extracted from ice cores collected from Antarctica.

This MSc project forms one of a pair of proposals that relate to a broader Heritage Lottery Funded project 

This MSc project forms one of a pair of proposals that relate to a broader Heritage Lottery Funded project.

This project will use tephra (volcanic glass) to develop tephrostratigraphies that will underpin high-resolution climate reconstructions generated from sediment cores collected during the recent International Ocean Discovery Programme Expedition 382 to ‘Iceberg Alley’, Southern Ocean.


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