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Emily graduated from the University of St Andrews with a first class degree in Environmental Science (BSc) where she discovered her passion for climatology, and more specifically, climate proxies. Following graduation she had the opportunity to work as a tree ring laboratory technician for a project investigating the increasing frequency of droughts in South America.  This experience contributed to her being awarded a Carnegie PhD Scholarship to study here at St Andrews under the supervision of Dr Rob Wilson. 


The primary focus of Emily’s research is to use tree-ring records as a proxy of climate in order to develop a 1000+ year long summer temperature reconstruction from the Southern Yukon in Canada. Currently, only 3 records from the high latitude boreal forest go back this far, which impedes our ability to fully understand processes that have driven climate in the pre-industrial era. Emily hopes that by sampling preserved tree stems from within the region, incorporating existing tree-ring data, and utilising developing methods, that she can fill this spatial gap and provide vital climate information and place modern warming in the context of past climate variations.


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 13 - Climate Action


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