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Miss Charlotte Clarke BSc, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

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Charlotte Clarke is a Postgraduate research student for Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.


2013-2014 Royal Holloway University of London, MSc Quaternary Science (Pass with distinction)

2010-2013 University of Southampton, BSc Physical Geography (First class honours)


2014-2015: Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton, Research Assistant

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

2012-Present: Quaternary Research Association (QRA)

2012-Present: UK Polar Network (UKPN)

2015-Present: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

2015-Present: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Postgraduate Fellow

Research interests

My research interests are centred around past climate and environmental change in the Arctic and Subarctic zones. In particular, I am interested in the rate and nature of biodiversity change in response to glacial-interglacial cycles in the Arctic and SubArctic regions of Alaska, northern Norway and northern Russia. For my PhD research, I am utilising techniques of ancient sedimentary DNA, pollen, plant macrofossils, charcoal and geochemical analysis.

Title: Tracking cryptic plant refugia and biodiversity change in northern ecosystems using ancient sedimentary DNA

Supervisors: Professor Mary Edwards (PLUS), Professor Paul Hughes (PLUS), Professor Inger Greve Alsos (Tromsø University Museum, Norway)

Funding agencies: Charlotte is primarily supported by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) SPITFIRE doctoral training partnership.

External Primary research group

Tromsø University Museum, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway

Alaska Quaternary Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Research Projects

Charlotte is an affiliated PhD student on the following Norwegian Research Council-funded projects:

ECOGEN- Ecosystem change and species persistence over time: a genome-based approach (P.I. Inger Alsos;

CHASE- Climate History along the Arctic Seaboard of Russia (P.I. John Inge Svendsen; 


Research group

Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)

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External courses:

UK- Russia Environmental Change workshop. North-East Interdisciplinary Scientific Research Institute (Magadan, Russia)

ForBio DNA metabarcoding course part I: Field collecting and molecular laboratory at Forest Research Institute (Karelia, Russia)

Internal courses:

GEOG1010- Geographical, Quantitative and Field Skills (New Forest, UK)

GEOG2033- Research Design, Methods and Techniques in Physical Geography (El Chorro, Spain)

GEOG3011- Geographical Research in Alpine Environments (Arolla, Swiss Alps)

GEOG2033- Research Design, Methods and Techniques in Physical Geography

GEOG2002- Environmental Monitoring Techniques

GEOG3068- Biogeography

Miss Charlotte Clarke
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ


Room Number: 44/1086

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