• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 193 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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PhD Marine Geophysics, University of Southampton, 2007

MSc Oceanography, University of Southampton, 2003

Masters in Geology, Ghent University, 2002

Research Interests

Ruth’s research has two sides to it: submerged landscapes and shipwreck archaeology. What links them is her interest in using high-resolution geophysical methods for underwater research.  Through seabed mapping, Ruth aims to gain a better understanding of what processes took place on the Irish continental shelf during and after the last Glacial Maximum. With regards to the shipwreck research, Ruth is interested in developing robust and innovative methodologies for the imaging and (3D) visualisation of shipwrecks.

Teaching Interests

Ruth teaches introductory geology and meteorology at undergraduate level on the geography and environmental science degree programmes.

She is the course director for the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate degree.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Master, University of Southampton

Master, Ghent University

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 193 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 2 Commissioned report
1 Citation (Scopus)

Late Quaternary sea-level change and evolution of Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland: new offshore evidence and implications for sea-level reconstruction

Plets, R., Callard, L., Cooper, A., Kelley, J. T., Belknap, D., Edwards, R., Long, A., Quinn, R. & Jackson, DWT., 28 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Quaternary Science. 34, 4-5, p. 285-298 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sea level change
sea level
Northern Ireland
1 Citation (Scopus)

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


Geological Survey of Ireland Research Programme - Short Call 2015, Final Report Past and Modern Environments of Galway Bay

Benetti, S., McCullagh, D., Plets, R. & Edwards, R., 17 Feb 2017, 9 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
research program
geological survey
last glaciation
sediment core

Marine scour of cohesionless sediments

Quinn, R., Saunders, R., Plets, R., Westley, K. & Dix, J., 2016, Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks. Keith, ME. (ed.). p. 70-89

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Citations (Scopus)

Late Quaternary evolution and sea-level history of a glaciated marine embayment, Bantry Bay, SW Ireland

Plets, R. M. K., Callard, S. L., Cooper, A., Long, A. J., Quinn, R., Belknap, D. F., Edwards, R. J., Jackson, D. W. T., Kelley, J. T., Long, D., Milne, G. A. & Monteys, X., 31 Aug 2015, In : Marine Geology. 369, p. 251-272

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sea level
Last Glacial Maximum
sea level

Activities 2013 2019

  • 3 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research

Louise Callard (Participant), Ruth Plets (Participant), Andrew Cooper (Participant), Antony Long (Participant), Joseph Kelley (Participant), Daniel Belknap (Participant), R Edwards (Participant), Rory Quinn (Participant), DWT Jackson (Participant)
25 Jul 201931 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014

Rory Quinn (Participant), Ruth Plets (Participant), S. Louise Callard (Participant), Andrew Cooper (Participant), Antony Long (Participant), R Edwards (Participant), DWT Jackson (Participant), Daniel F. Belknap (Participant), Joseph Kelley (Participant), David Long (Participant), G A Milne (Participant), X Monteys (Participant)
27 Apr 20142 May 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

American Geophysical Union

Rory Quinn (Participant), Ruth Plets (Participant), Louise Callard (Participant), Andrew Cooper (Participant), Antony Long (Participant), Daniel F. Belknap (Participant), R Edwards (Participant), DWT Jackson (Participant), Joseph Kelley (Participant), David Long (Participant), G A Milne (Participant), X Monteys (Participant)
9 Dec 201313 Dec 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...


A Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction of Galway Bay, Western Ireland, from the Last Glacial Maximum to Present Day

Author: McCullagh, D., Aug 2019

Supervisor: Benetti, S. (Supervisor) & Plets, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis