Global warming at the end of the last Ice Age led to the inundation of vast landscapes that had once been home to thousands of people. These lost lands hold a unique and largely unexplored record of settlement and colonisation linked to climate change over millennia.
Within the Europe's Lost Frontiers project, researchers in the fields of archaeo-geophysics, molecular biology and computer simulation are seeking to explore the past environments, ecological change and the transition between hunter gathering societies and farming in the inundated land of the southern North Sea - Doggerland.
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Tom is the Head of the Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences (EEES) Division and Micropalaeontology Sector Leader within the Earth Sciences Department at the NHM.
He is a micropalaeontologist who specialises in the analysis of Quaternary sedimentary archives in order to reconstruct past environmental conditions. Through the application of diatom and pollen analyses to sedimentary sequences, I am able to reconstruct past sea level and vegetation change respectively. My role at the museum focuses on developing projects based on the museum's large micropalaeontology collections, in order to maximise the academic and commercial potential of these unique resources. In addition, I undertake geoarchaeological consultancy work for the UK's leading archaeology units
In addition to undertaking micropalaeontology research and associated income generation, for the last three years he has led the development and delivery of a NERC Advanced Training Short Course (ATSC) in Quaternary Palaeoecology, in collaboration with fellow experts from across the Museum (see link above), with further funding secured until 2018-2019. Similarly, I teach a module in Quaternary Microfossils on the Royal Holloway Quaternary Science MSc . In addition to such postgraduate teaching, he also supervises MSc and PhD students.
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