Dr Christopher Marston

Postdoctoral Researcher in Geography

Dr Christopher MarstonContact

Dr. Christopher Marston
Department of Geography
Edge Hill University
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP

Phone: 01695 654396 (6396 internal)
Email: Marstonc@edgehill.ac.uk
Office: Postdoctoral Research Office

Qualifications

  •  PhD Geography, University of Salford, 2008
  •  BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Salford, 2002

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Research

My research principally focusses on the application of satellite and airborne remote sensing datasets for landscape characterisation to investigate a variety of ecological and palaeoenvironmental problems. This has a particular focus on using remote sensing for land cover mapping, and monitoring temporal change in the land cover composition of landscapes. Specific examples include monitoring land cover change in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, to characterise the landscape occurring, assess the potential ecological impacts of this change, and to better inform National Park management.

I am also interested in the integration of modern remote sensing data with palaeoenvironmental reconstruction techniques to better inform our understanding of past environments through the analogous study of modern landscapes. This has included mapping, characterising and assessing the causative drivers of the development of mosaic habitats which are theorised to be an important factor in hominin (pre-human) evolution (Mosaic habitat concept 2015). Alongside this, I am also involved in research using satellite based earth observation datasets to model the buffering effects of tectonics on climate variability in the Okavango Delta and Lake Chad, sites which are considered to be important faunal refugia in an otherwise arid and hostile environment.

Land cover mapping can also be applied to disease transmission modelling, and I am currently conducting research focused on modelling the spatial distributions of Ochotona spp. small mammals, an intermediate host for the highly pathogenic parasitic tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis which is responsible for a significant burden of human disease and mortality on the Tibetan plateau. Here, host habitat preferences are determined with their distributions are modelled predictively both using discrete land cover classification and time-series analysis of vegetation phenology to better identify potential transmission foci and human communities at risk of infection (Ochotona spp. landscape modelling 2014).

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Recent Publications

Recent Publications (full list below)

Marston, C.G., Aplin, P., Wilkinson, D.M., Field, R. and O’Regan, H.J., 2017, Scrubbing Up: Multi-Scale Investigation of Woody Encroachment in a Southern African Savannah, Remote Sensing 9: 419. doi:10.3390/rs9050419.

Reynolds, S.C., Marston, C.G., Hassani, H., King, G.C.P., and Bennett, M.R., 2016, Environmental hydro-refugia demonstrated by vegetation vigour in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Sci. Rep. 6, 35951

O’Regan H,J., Wilkinson D.M. and Marston C. G., 2016, Hominin home ranges and habitat variability: exploring modern African analogues using remote sensing, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 238-248. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.043

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Academic Service

In addition to research activity I recently co-founded the Northwest Earth Observation Network (NEON), and organised the ‘Remote sensing the past: integrating satellite imagery and palaeoecological datasets to explore recent environmental change’ discipline bridging workshop held at the University of Nottingham in 2015. I am also a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Remote Sensing, International Journal of Geographical Information Science and Ecological Indicators.

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Publications

Marston, C.G., Aplin, P., Wilkinson, D.M., Field, R. and O’Regan, H.J., 2017, Scrubbing Up: Multi-Scale Investigation of Woody Encroachment in a Southern African Savannah, Remote Sensing 9: 419. doi:10.3390/rs9050419.

Reynolds, S.C., Marston, C.G., Hassani, H., King, G.C.P., and Bennett, M.R., 2016, Environmental hydro-refugia demonstrated by vegetation vigour in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Sci. Rep. 6, 35951

O’Regan H,J., Wilkinson D.M. and Marston C. G., 2016, Hominin home ranges and habitat variability: exploring modern African analogues using remote sensing, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 238-248. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.043

Marston, C.G., Giraudoux, P., Armitage, R.P., Danson, F.M., Reynolds, S., Wang, Q., Qiu, J. and Craig P.S, 2016, Vegetation phenology and habitat discrimination: Impacts for E. multilocularis transmission host modelling, Remote Sensing of Environment 176:320-327. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2016.02.015

Reynolds, S.C., Wilkinson, D.M., Marston, C.G. & O’Regan, H.J., 2015, The “Mosaic habitat” concept in in human evolution: Past and present. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 70: 57-69. doi:10.1080/0035919X.2015.1007490.

Marston, C.G., Danson, F.M., Armitage, R.P., Giraudoux, P., Pleydell, D.R.J., Wang, Q., Qiu, J. and Craig, P.S., 2014, A random forest approach to describing Echinococcus multilocularis reservoir Ochotona spp. presence in relation to landscape characteristics in western China, Applied Geography, 55, 176-183. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.09.001

Morton, D., Rowland, C., Wood, C., Meek, L., Marston, C., Smith, G., Wadsworth, R. and Simpson, I. C., 2011, Final Report for LCM2007 – the new UK land cover map. Countryside Survey Technical Report No 11/07. NERC/Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 112pp. (CEH Project Number: C03259).

Danson, F. M., Armitage, R. P., and Marston, C. G., 2008, Spatial and temporal modelling for parasite transmission studies and risk assessment, Parasite, 15, 463-468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2008153463

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Research and Conference Addresses

Marston C.G., Aplin, P., O’Regan H.J. and Wilkinson D.M. Can’t see the shrubs for the trees: woody habitat discrimination in heterogeneous African landscapes using Sentinel-1 time-series data. British Ecological Society Annual Conference, Liverpool, December 11-14, 2016.

Marston C.G., Aplin, P., Wilkinson D.M. and O’Regan H.J. ‘Scrubbing up’: a multi-scale investigation of woody encroachment in African savannas. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society conference, Nottingham, September 5-8, 2016.

O’Keeffe N., Delgado-Fernandez I., Aplin P., Jackson D. and Marston C.G. Use of multi-year airborne LIDAR surveys and aerial photography to understand the role of blowouts in coastal dune dynamics, Sefton, NW England. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society conference, Nottingham, September 5-8, 2016.

Aplin P., Marston C.G., Wilkinson D., Field R. and O’Regan H. Multi-scale investigation of shrub encroachment in southern Africa. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 23-28, 2016.

O’Keeffe N., Delgado-Fernandez I., Jackson D., Aplin P. and Marston C. Meso-scale aeolian transport of beach sediment via dune blowout pathways within a linear foredune. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 23-28, 2016.

Marston C.G., Aplin, P., O’Regan H.J. and Wilkinson D.M., 2016, Spatio-temporal land cover variability in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, with potential implications for conservation management. Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring? Zoological Society of London. London April 29th, 2016.

Marston, C.G., 2015, Reconstructing paleoenvironments: What can satellite remote sensing contribute? Remote sensing the past: integrating satellite imagery and palaeoecological datasets to explore recent environmental change, University of Nottingham. May 21st 2015.

O’Regan, H.J., Marston, C.G.,2015, Finding food and resources: exploring hominin land use using modern land cover. Crossing Boundaries: the creation of Foodscapes. Association for Environmental Archaeology conference, University of Nottingham. March 28th, 2015.

Marston, C.G., O’Regan, H.J., 2014, Remote sensing: a new approach to understanding African hominin palaeohabitats. Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham, February 26th 2014.

O’Regan, H. J., Reynolds, S. C., Marston C. G., Louys, J., and Wilkinson, D. M., 2014, Remote sensing and habitat heterogeneity: Quantifying modern analogues for African palaeoenvironments. American Association of Physical Anthropology meeting, Calgary, Canada 8-12 April 2014.

Reynolds, S. C., Marston C. G., Wilkinson, D. M., and O’Regan, H. J., 2014, Where are ‘mosaic’ habitats found in modern Africa and were they important in human evolution? Where the wild things are 2.0: further advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research, Durham, UK 8-10 January 2014.

O’Regan, H. J., Marston C. G., Reynolds, S. C., and Wilkinson, D. M., 2013, Mosaic habitats and human evolution. 3rd annual meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. Vienna, Austria 19-21 September 2013,

Marston, C. G., Reynolds, S. C., Wilkinson, D. M., and O’Regan, H. J., 2013, Quantifying the mosaic: remote sensing analysis of modern analogues for African Paleoenvironments. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society conference, Glasgow, UK 4-6 September 2013.

Marston, C G., Graham, A., Banks, A., Campbell, D., McCormack, D., and Clough, S., 2011, Ultra-high resolution imagery for environmental applications. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference. Bournemouth, UK 13-15 September 2011.

Rowland, C., Morton, D., Marston, C. and Wood, C., 2011, Land cover map 2007: using OBIA for LCM2007, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference. Bournemouth, UK 13-15 September 2011.

Campbell, D., Graham, A., Clough, S., Marston, C. G., and Banks, A., 2011, The Use of Aerial Surveys to Meet the Ecological Spatial Data Requirements of the Offshore Wind Industry, CoastGIS Conference. Ostend, Belgium 5-7 September 2011.

Marston, C. G., Danson, F. M., Armitage, R. P., Giraudoux, P., Pleydell, D, Craig, P. S., 2009, Spatial modelling of small mammal distributions in relation to parasite transmission and long-term landscape change in western China, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference. Leicester, UK 8-11 September 2009.

Marston, C. G., Armitage, R. P., Danson, F. M., Giraudoux, P., Ramirez, A., and Craig, P. S., 2007, Spatio-temporal modelling of small mammal distributions using MODIS NDVI time-series data, 10th International Symposium of Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing ISPMSRS ’07, Davos, Switzerland 12-14 March 2007.

Ramirez, A., Armitage, R. P., Danson, F. M., Marston, C. G., Ogunbadewa, E. Y., Yebra, M., 2007, Web-based model for analysis of time series remotely sensed data, 10th International Symposium of Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing ISPMSRS ’07, Davos, Switzerland 12-14 March 2007.