• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

I welcome expressions of PhD interest in my research areas. Current opportunities, including Holocene grazing dynamics (Scotland and Arctic), biocultural landscapes, and the integration of palaeo+ecological timeseries, are listed here: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/geography-sustainable-development/prospective/pgr/

Personal profile

Research overview

My research focuses on long-term human-environment interactions and their implications for biodiversity and conservation, and how we deal with biocultural legacies in contemporary environmental management. Current and recent projects include: methods for tracking the role of large herbivores as ecosystem drivers, valuing intact tropical peatlands, and textiles as biocultural heritage.

Better understanding between palaeoecology and ecology is central to my interests. To support this I co-chair the British Ecological Society Palaeoecology Group, and set up the informal Palaeoenvironmental and Archaeological Sciences Scotland (PALASS) Network to connect researchers working in and on Scottish environments. 

Teaching activity

My main teaching responsibilities:

  • Second year environmental geography (GG2014) and biodiversity and sustainable development (SD2006)
  • Third year environmental/physical geography research methods and residential fieldtrip (GG3211, GG3213)
  • Dissertation supervision
  • MSc Sustainable Development contributor (GD5802)
  • School study abroad officer

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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