• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 179 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20062020

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Personal profile

Biography

  • 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

  • 179 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 14 Chapter
  • 2 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
1 Citation (Scopus)

Ireland: Submerged Prehistoric Sites and Landscapes

Westley, K. & Woodman, P., 10 Apr 2020, The Archaeology of Europe’s Drowned Landscapes. Bailey, G., Galanidou, N., Peeters, H., Jöns, H. & Mennenga, M. (eds.). COASTALRL ed. Springer International Publishing, Vol. 35. p. 221-248 28 p. (Coastal Research Library; vol. 35).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Phenyl-γ-valerolactones and healthy ageing: Linking dietary factors, nutrient biomarkers, metabolic status and inflammation with cognition in older adults (the VALID Project)

    Angelino, D., Caffrey, A., Moore, K., Laird, E., Moore, AJ., Gill, C. IR., Mena, P., Westley, K., Pucci, B., Boyd, K., Mullen, B., McCarroll, K., Ward, M., Strain, S., Cunningham, C., Molloy, A. M., McNulty, H. & Del Rio, D., 10 Jun 2020, In : Nutrition Bulletin. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access
    File
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    The Atlantic Margin and the North Sea: Introduction

    Peeters, H., Sturt, F. & Westley, K., 10 Apr 2020, The Archaeology of Europe’s Drowned Landscapes. Bailey, G., Galanidou, N., Peeters, H., Jöns, H. & Mennenga, M. (eds.). COASTALRL ed. Springer International Publishing, Vol. 35. p. 143-155 13 p. (Coastal Research Library; vol. 35).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    '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.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 73-98 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter