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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Dr Esther Sumner MSci, PhD

Lecturer in Sedimentology

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Dr Esther Sumner is Lecturer in Sedimentology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2012-present: Lecturer in Sedimentology, University of Southampton, Ocean and Earth Science.

2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, California, USA

2010-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment.

2009-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, Geology and Geophysics.

2005-2009: PhD, University of Bristol, Department of Earth Sciences.

2001-2005: MSci (Hons) in Geology with First Class Honours, University of Bristol.

Research interests

My main research interest is in understanding the dynamics of seafloor sediment avalanches. In modern systems I am interested in understanding and mitigating the hazard posed by avalanches to seafloor infrastructure, quantifying the role of avalanches in transporting sediment, nutrients and pollutants from land to the deep sea and understanding implications for seafloor ecosystems. In ancient systems my main interest is in understanding how avalanches can be used to reconstruct past tectonic and climatic histories. My research combines direct monitoring of avalanches on the seafloor, studies of modern and ancient outcrops and experimental modelling.

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

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Dr Esther Sumner
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
UK

Room Number: NOCS/186/14

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