Job advert

Ben Horton b.p.horton at
Tue Apr 16 09:04:45 EDT 2002



Lectureship in Quaternary Environmental Change

The Department of Geography seeks to appoint a lecturer (A or B scale) to
join their Quaternary Environmental Change Research Group as part of its
ongoing strategic investment in research, teaching and postgraduate
activities. The Department was awarded a 5* in the 2001 RAE, with the
largest return of research active staff from any Geography Department in the

We now seek to appoint a lecturer (A or B scale) in the field of
reconstructing environmental change from marine records. The successful
applicant will have

(1) a growing international research reputation in this field
(2) a clear field of innovative research
(3) an established or growing record of research publications and
(4) a commitment to highest quality teaching and research
(5) an interest in the development and application of new techniques of
environmental reconstruction
(6) an interest in exploring linkages between marine records and those from
the nearshore and terrestrial realms

In addition, we would see it as an advantage to have
(1) a commitment to enhancing the activities of the Quaternary Environmental
Change research group, including linkages with the other groups as
(2) a potential to attract research support

The Quaternary Environmental Change Research Group


Research by the QEC Research Group covers a broad range of inter-related
topics concerned with Quaternary Environmental Change, but with particular
interests in the following four themes: Late Devensian and Holocene
sea-level change, crustal rebound and coastal evolution; stratigraphy and
bio-stratigraphy of Quaternary marine environments and ice sheet histories;
Quaternary history and fluvial records; compilation of databases/archives
for paleoenvironmental reconstruction. The Group sees this spread of
interests, which link the ocean, coastal, fluvial and terrestrial
environments, as one of its key strengths.

As can be seen from the individual member details (see WWW), the Quaternary
Environmental Change Research Group has a reputation for theoretical,
methodological and applied research relating to Quaternary environmental
change. QEC staff have expertise in palaeoceanography, ice sheet history in
Antarctica and Greenland (Bentley, Long, Lloyd, Roberts); the dynamics of
ice sheet flow and ice sheet interaction with sea-level change (Bentley,
Roberts); climate change and continental shelf evolution (Lloyd, Bentley);
shallow marine and coastal environments (Horton, Lloyd, Long, Roberts,
Shennan, Zong); as well as Quaternary fluvial and vegetation history
(Bridgland, Simmons). Linkage across these realms is a major strength, as is
the integration of empirical field observations with modelling over a range
of spatial and temporal scales.

Group members often work in collaboration on research programmes throughout
the World, including Britain, Europe, Antarctica, South America, Greenland,
the North Atlantic, North America, Australia, Indonesia and China. Members
of QEC and the other main Physical Geography research group in the
Department (Earth Surface Systems (ESS)) are closely involved in a
cross-department research group known as the Environmental Research Centre,
which brings under a single umbrella specialists from Geography,
Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Geology. Excellent
facilities exist for many types of Quaternary sediment analysis, with a well
equipped laboratory and full time technical support.

Dr Ben Horton
Lecturer in Physical Geography
Department of Geography
University of Durham
Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Fax: 0191 374 2456
Tel: 0191 374 2486

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