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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Seismic Mapping Research Associate
Rachel is a geoscientist with 10-years’ seismic interpretation experience including a PhD from the University of Manchester (2015). Rachel’s doctoral research focused on the earliest Quaternary southern North Sea, using seismic geomorphology to understanding sea level and environmental change. It was during the PhD that Rachel developed a passion for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using geophysical and borehole data.
Rachel has also recently spent time working in the charity sector, working on engaging business and local government in climate change education.
As part of the Lost Frontiers Project, Rachel will be interpreting a range of geophysical data from the Irish Sea and North Sea aiding the reconstruction of Holocene landscapes and their subsequent marine inundation. Rachel has always had a keen interest in archaeology and recognises the importance of understanding submerged landscapes and communicating the story of their human inhabitants in a time when coastal areas of the UK are at risk of sea level rise due to climate change.
university of bradford