The University of Southampton
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Mr Benjamin T Pennington BA, MSci

Postgraduate Research Student

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Mr Benjamin T Pennington is a Postgraduate Research Student at the University of Southampton, whose primary research interest lies in the Holocene evolution and geoarchaeology of world delta systems, particularly that of the Nile.

Academic & Work History:

2014 – present: University of Southampton, Geography & Environment, PhD
2012 – 2014: Assistant Hedge Fund Manager; Senior Financial Analyst, London
2011 – 2012: Freelance Geoscientist
2007 – 2011: University of Cambridge, Dept of Earth Sciences, BA & MSci (Double First)

Hand auger surveys in Egypt (2012 – present):

Hand auger surveys in Italy (2014 – 2015):

Other fieldwork (2011):

Grants and Awards:



Research interests

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Paleolandscape reconstruction
  • Holocene
  • Deltas
  • Geomorphology
  • Fluvial sedimentology

I am interested in understanding past landscape changes, particularly in fluvial and deltaic environments, and how these changes impacted upon both ecosystems and human settlement. On a regional level my research has centred on the impacts of changing channel dynamics on the natural and human landscape, while at a site-specific level I have also been able to apply my skills in answering specific geoarchaeological questions.

PhD Project:

“Environmental Change in Deltaic Systems and the Emergence of Civilisation”.

Supervisors: Prof Tony Brown & Dr Fraser Sturt (Soton)

Research group

Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)

Mr Benjamin T Pennington
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:44/1067

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