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Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology

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We use multi-proxy environmental data, and model past and present environments to further our understanding of environmental change.


Our research often involves the application of new methodological approaches that integrate high-resolution field and laboratory data acquisition with numerical and physical modelling.

Our main research priorities include:

  • 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
  • exploring what makes small islands vulnerable to multiple hazards

Research highlights

People, projects and publications


Dr Ash Abrook

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Climate variability (long and short term)
  • Abrupt climate and environmental change
  • Palaeoecology
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Dr Ben Pears

Research Fellow
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Professor David Sear

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Dr Eli Lazarus

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • coastal and fluvial dynamics
  • geomorphology
  • human-environmental coupled systems

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Hal Voepel PhD, MS, BSE, BS

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Hydrological and sediment processes in watersheds and rivers
  • Contaminant transport throughout hydrologic systems
  • Water and sediment impact on human development

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Professor Jane Hart

Professor of Geography

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Dr Jo Nield

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Dune Processes
  • Salt pan dynamics
  • Dust emissive surfaces

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Professor Julian Leyland


Research interests

  • Fluvial and Intertidal Geomorphology
  • Remote Environmental Sensing
  • UAVs, USVs and Autonomy in Geoscience

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Kate Parks

Principal Teaching Fellow
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Dr Mark Peaple

Research Fellow in Palaeoclimate
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My research is centred on large-scale hydrology and its interactions with climate variability and change.