Quantifying responses to abrupt climate change in the Andes, South America: Empirical data and model synergies.
This project is funded by the NERC SCENARIO DTP in partnership with the British Geological Survey (BGS). The main aim of the project is to integrate the analysis of organic biomarkers (coprostanols, n-Alkanes), bulk organic geochemistry (RockEval, FTIR) and stable light (C, N, S, O, H) and heavy (Pb etc.) isotopes, from a series of upland Andean lakes to determine the impact of Pre-Columbian environmental change on land use and human occupation of Peru.
I gained my BSc in Geography (Upper 2nd Class Hons.) at Aberystwyth University (Wales), and an MSc in Quaternary Science from Royal Holloway, University of London – graduating in 2015. Here I undertook research in stable isotopes and their use alongside palaeoecological proxies – focussing on fossil beetle chitin. This formed the basis of my MSc dissertation, providing a novel way of providing a climatic signal in terrestrial sequences in Britain. After graduating in 2015 I took a few years out of academia, instead I went into the working world before starting my PhD in 2018. Outside of the University I have been volunteering for the Scout Association, where I have been a section leader for the last 5 years.
- Quaternary Environmental Change.
- Isotope Geochemistry.
- Organic Geochemistry.
- Pre-Columbian Archaeology.