• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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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 current provide e-tutor support for remote sensing-related modules on Ulster University's distance learning MSc GIS courses.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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