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Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology

The Quaternary environments and geoarchaeology research group was established in 2004 following the arrival of three new physical geographers at The University of Manchester. We share a common interest and passion for Earth surface system dynamics and climate change over a range of timescales.

A distinctive feature of our work - and a core theme of geography - is a concern for human-environment interactions - past, present and future. This agenda involves, for example, elucidating the impact of past global climate change on the geoarchaeology of the Nile Valley, the palaeoecological record of agricultural origins in NW Europe, and the development of modelling strategies to predict the impact of global warming on the cryosphere.




Dr Timothy Allott

Tim is a physical geographer with expertise in environmental hydrology, palaeolimnology, aquatic and wetland environments. His research focuses on anthropogenic impacts on upland landscapes and the management and restoration of degraded freshwater and peatland landcapes.

Environment, Resilience, Water, Evaluation, Peat, Pollution, Waste, Sustainability, Teaching, Education


Dr Jason Dortch

I have focused my research on the Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and tectonics of mountain belts at high latitude and high altitude. I am particularly concerned with quantifying the timing and rates of landscape evolution in these regions to understand the interplay between internal (tectonic) and external (surface) processes.

Geology, Palaeontology, Environment, Geography, Tectonics, Fieldwork, Research methods, Teaching, Education, Glaciers, Climate change, Mathematics, Sustainability


Dr William Fletcher

Palaeontology, Environment, Ecology, Climate, Climate change, Resilience, Impact, Sustainability, Teaching, Education


Dr Richard Huggett

Richard's current research addresses four basic questions:

How is the environment put together?

This theme considers ecological worldviews. It explores individual environmental components and the interdependence among them (see Huggett 1995, 1997, 2002 below).

How does the environment change?

This theme investigates evolutionary worldviews. It considers the ideas of development and evolution applied to individual environmental components and to the ecosphere as a whole (see Huggett 1997 below).

How fast does the environment change?

Environment, Resilience, Philosophy, Geology, Catastrophes, Ecology, Evolution, Biology, Geography