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Professor Mary Edwards 

Professor in Physical Geography

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Professor Mary Edwards is Professor in Physical Geography within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

She is also adjunct faculty member at ESTES, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Tromsø Museum, Norway.


Research interests

My interests are centred on global and regional environmental change: understanding climate-driven and human-driven changes in landscape, vegetation, and ecosystem processes over a range of timescales. I am particularly interested in Northern ecosystem processes and permafrost landscapes - how these intersect with climate change, the carbon cycle and human systems - but I also work on biodiversity and conservation issues in the UK and Madagascar. The main geographic regions in which I work are the Arctic and Subarctic of Siberia, Alaska, northwest Canada and Europe, the UK, and Madagascar. Recently, I have developed several collaborations on environmental change with Russian researchers in Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Current research students

  • Ms Charlotte Clarke: Tracing cryptic plant refugia and biodiversity change in northern ecosystems using ancient sedimentary DNA
  • Mr. Alistair Monteath: Testing the terrestrial response to Thermohaline Convection (THC) driven Holocene climate events around the Atlantic seaboard
  • Alvaro Castilla-Beltran: Impacts of human colonization on island biodiversity in Macarone

Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

Affiliate research group

Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)

Current roles

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Book Chapter



For International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2018, the UK Science and Innovation Network asked Mary to share some thoughts on how she became a scientist and what it's been like to work in the Arctic throughout her career so far.

Watch the video

Professor Mary Edwards
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/2033

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