- Primary position:
- Professor in Physical Geography
Mary Edwards is currently Professor in Physical Geography. She has been a member of staff in Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton since 2002.
BSc Jt. Hons Botany/Zoology 1976 (Wales)
MSc Forestry and Land Management 1977 (Oxford)
PhD Botany 1981 (Cambridge)
1981-93 University of Washington (USA)
1984-88 Marlboro College, Vermont (USA)
1988-1989 University of Oregon (USA)
1989-1996 University of Alaska (USA)
1996-2001 NTNU (Norway)
2002-to date University of Southampton (UK)
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
My interests are centred on global environmental change: understanding climate-driven changes in landscape, vegetation, and ecosystem processes over a range of timescales through palaeoenvironmental records and data-model comparisons. My main geographic area of interest is the boreal-arctic region, and recent work relates to boreal forest dynamics, including fire disturbance and hydrological regimes, and thermokarst dynamics in relation to biogeochemical processes. Recent collaborative work involves the estimation of past and present plant diversity using novel molecular techniques.
A second area of research is concerned with vegetation ecology, biodiversity conservation and land management in both Europe and Madagascar.
Primary research group: Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)
Deputy Head of School (Research)
Director of Resources and Infrastructure
Other current and recent roles
I am currently a Senior Research Associate, ESTES, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Member, NERC Arctic Programme Advisory Group 2010
Associate Editor, Ecology and Ecological Monographs 2002-2006