• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 152 Citations
  • 7 h-Index

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  • PhD Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2006
  • MSc Earth Science, Open University, 2016
  • MA Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2002
  • BA Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2001

Research Interests

I currently work on the Arcadia-funded Maritime Endangered Archaeology (MarEA : https://marea.soton.ac.uk/) project, a joint enterprise between Ulster, Southampton and Oxford Universities. MarEA aims to rapidly and comprehensively document and assess, through remote sensing, threats to the maritime and coastal archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa. 

This work ties in seamlessly with my research interests which centre on investigating the impact of past and present climate and environmental changes on the historic environment. Understanding how the historic environment has changed and how it may change in the future are key to developing effective management strategies which ensure that it remains a valuable scientific, economic and cultural resource for future generations. My work has been done principally through the application of GIS and remote sensing. Key themes addressed include:

1. Rapid coastal zone assessment using remote sensing to identify and characterise archaeological sites, map the surrounding environment and detect natural or anthropogenic impacts.

2. Investigating the impact of sea-level rise and coastal erosion on archaeological sites through application of GIS-based assessment and monitoring techniques.

3. Reconstructing Quaternary palaeo-landscapes inundated by sea-level rise using geophysical and geotechnical data integrated in GIS.

4. Investigating submerged shipwrecks with marine geophysical techniques (e.g. multibeam sonar) to acquire high-resolution imagery of the wrecks themselves and their surrounding environment.

Teaching Interests

Although employed primarily as a researcher, I have taught on a range of Geography and Environmental Science-related topics at Ulster University. This included a full year of providing lecturing cover for undergraduate programmes on subjects such as introductory oceanography, meteorology, marine geology and Quaternary science. I have also taught remote sensing on UU's distance-learning MSc in GIS.


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Research Output

  • 152 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 12 Chapter
  • 1 Special issue

Impacts of climate change on cultural heritage

Harkin, D., Davies, M., Hyslop, E., Fluck, H., Wiggins, M., Merritt, O., Barker, L., Deery, M., McNeary, R. & Westley, K., 15 Jan 2020, MCCIP Science Review 2020, p. 616-641 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationSpecial issue

Open Access

'They made no effort to explore the interior of the country': Coastal landscapes, hunter-gatherers and the islands of Ireland

Warren, G. & Westley, K., 6 Mar 2020, Coastal Landscapes of the Mesolithic: Human Engagement with the Coast from the Atlantic to the Baltic Sea. Schülke, A. (ed.). p. 73-98 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Optimising protocols for high-definition imaging of historic shipwrecks using multibeam echosounder

Westley, K., Plets, R., Quinn, R., McGonigle, C., Sacchetti, F., Dale, M., McNeary, R. & Clements, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 11, 7, p. 3629-3645

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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