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Dr Claire Jones

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

History, Geography & Social Sciences

Dr Claire Jones

Department: History, Geography & Social Sciences

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Research Interests

I am a palaeoecologist who is interested in reconstruction of environmental change, primarily through the Holocene. I am particularly interested in understanding the drivers of environmental change, be that anthropogenic or climatic.  The primary tools of investigation that I apply are palaeoecology (pollen) and stratigraphy (charcoal).  These tools enable research into past-disturbance events, for example fire, storm, tsunami or disease, as well as anthropogenic management of the landscape.  I currently have two research foci: a) Holocene fire records of the British Isles – a database of over 60 charcoal records spanning the Holocene; and b) Stand-scale palaeoecology – application of palaeo-investigative methods to develop a high-spatial resolution record of vegetation change and disturbance.

I currently supervise two PhD students: Angela Creevy (microbial controls on carbon fluxes in peatland forest-to-bog restoration), Maria del Pilar Martin Gallego (species invasion in Chilean temperate forests). I am also supervisor of an MRes palaeotempestology project with Emma Readitt and have previous supervised to completion two other MRes projects Bethan Price (coastal vegetation regeneration following the building of the Cardiff Bay Barage) and Daniel Knight (topographical influences on pollution deposition).


Level 4:

GEO1045 Introducing Physical Geographies (module leader)

GEO1048 Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research (module leader)

GEO1140 Science of the Physical Environment (module leader)

GEO1047 Practical skills in Geography and Environmental Science (contributor)

GEO1046 Environmental issues (contributor)

GEO1049 An introduction to Natural Hazards (contributor)

GEO1051 Geological hazards (contributor)


Level 5:

GEO2077 Weather, Climate and Soils (module leader)

GEO2079 Biogeography (module leader)

GEO2071 Research methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science (contributor)


Level 6:

GEO3073 Environmental Change (module leader)

GEO3140 Environmental Monitoring and Management (contributor)

GEO3071 Natural Hazards (contribution)

GEO3070 Dissertation (supervisor) I have supervised a wide-range of dissertation projects including Environmental Change (palaeoecology/palaeofire), Vegetation quantification in a variety of landscapes and Meteorology. 

I have also been involved in many residential field courses to Mallorca and Cumbria (Field Lead).