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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Research Group: Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

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The main focus of the Landscape Dynamics and Ecology Cluster is in geomorphology and ecology (including work at the interface of these two areas), including coverage of long-term processes (Quaternary change) and at spatial scales from species to landscapes. We have particular strengths in aeolian, fluvial, coastal, glacial and periglacial landscapes, environmental change, and in palaeoecology.

Current research priorities

Our current research priorities are:

  • Geomorphic processes in aeolian, coastal, fluvial and shallow marine, glacial and periglacial environments
  • Changes in environmental systems in response to climate change, in fluvial, glacial and coastal environments
  • The effects of extreme events on society, including catchment management, flooding, coastal changes and ecosystem responses
  • Reconstructing climate change during the Quaternary (Europe, the Americas, Arctic and South Pacific
  • Understanding the process, timing and forcing of human migration into the tropical South Pacific
  • What makes Small Islands vulnerable to multiple-hazards?
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in tropical agricultural systems
  • Understanding trade-offs between biodiversity and ecosystem services at multiple spatial scales
  • Environmental Sensor Networks and Internet of Things (IoT) systems for environmental monitoring

Our research often involves the application of novel methodological approaches that integrate high-resolution field and laboratory data acquisition with numerical and physical modelling. We use multi-proxy environmental data and model past and present environments in order to further our understanding of environmental change and its relationship to human societies at a range of temporal and spatial scales. We have broad expertise in a range of techniques and the use of natural systems such as peat bogs and lakes as archives of terrestrial environmental change. These techniques range from the study of fossil pollen to stable isotopes and sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA).

Main areas of expertise

Aeolian geomorphology, Agroecosystems Biodiversity, Coastal morphodynamics, Entomology Environmental Sensing, Fluvial sediment dynamics and sediment transport Glaciology  and glacial sedimentology, Human–landscape systems, Quaternary Science,  Tropical forest ecology.


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List of related projects to Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)
Related ProjectsStatus
Holocene Land-Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions on the Eastern Seaboard of North America (PRECIP)Active
Environmental Sensor NetworksActive
Palaeoclimate reconstructions from Tierra del Fuego to detect land-ocean-atmosphere interactions (PATAGON). Active
Waves of colonization in and out of the Sea of Moyle: population history, resilience and landscape change of island communitiesActive
El Nino's, volcanoes and human colonisation in the South PacificActive
Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega-DeltaActive
Quantifying features of thermokarst lakes in the Yakutsk regionActive
Environmental and ancient sedimentary DNA at archaeological sites in Alaska (EAGER)Active
BLUEcoast: coastal sediment budgets and their role in coastal recoveryActive
Sediment Transport and Erosion in Large Alluvial Rivers – Source to Sink (STELAR-S2S)Active
The role of lakes in the arctic carbon cycle (LAC) (NERC funded)Active
Coarse Sediment Transport Measurement in Rivers and on Coasts Using Advanced Particle TracingActive
A tale of two glaciers: using web connected RTK GPS, drones and remote sensing to monitor rapid glacier retreat of two contrasting Icelandic glaciers. Active
Using Internet of Things technology to aid in Earth and Environmental Science ResearchDormant
PATCheS: how does the development of particle scale structure control river scale morphology? Dormant
Thermokarst Lake Dynamics in the ArcticDormant
Estimating past methane emissions from Alaskan lakes (METHANOL)Dormant
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