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Mike Simmonds

Doctor Mike Simmonds
  • Undergraduate teaching
  • Collaboration with NUIST

Areas of interest

  • GIS and remote sensing applications in geography
  • The pedagogy of field teaching in higher education
  • Quaternary vegetation succession and climate change in Britain and Europe
  • Links between students and stakeholders, increasing the breadth of student experience through engagement with real-world projects
  • The development of heathlands as a landscape, and its relationship to modern management practices.


Current undergraduate teaching:

  • GV3GED: Geography and Environmental Science Dissertations
  • GV3IFC: Iceland Expeditionary Fieldclass
  • GV2QCEC: Late Quaternary Environmental Change and Human Activities
  • GV2HAZ: Natural Hazards
  • GV1TGE: Techniques in Geography and Environmental Science


Mike has a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography, and an MSc in Geoarchaeology both from the University of Reading. For his PhD, Mike examined the relationship between environmental change and human activities at the dryland-wetland interface across the Late Glacial – Holocene boundary in Southeast England. This resulted in a clearer picture of vegetation development in the region, and a range of recommendations on wetland and mire management from a palaeoenvironmental perspective. Since then, Mike has developed his teaching and research skills through positions at the University of Reading, taking a particular interest in the pedagogy of fieldwork skills and the Quaternary History of Britain and Europe.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and a member of the British Cartographic Association.


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