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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Alex complete a PhD and two years postdoctoral research at Durham University concentrating on developing the Re-Os isotope geochronometer in organic rich sediments and oil as well as diversifying into using elemental data to provenance the manufacture of Roman CBM. In 2006 Alex moved out of academia to become a geoscientist at Chemostrat Ltd., applying elemental and isotopic data to understand the correlation, provenance and age of sediments, mainly in NW Europe. Alex is now the companies Research and Business Development Manager, leading the diversification of Chemostrat’s workflow into new industries and sectors.
As part of this Alex is working with the Lost Frontiers Projects helping with the interpretation of XRF data collected from sediment cores as well as using this data to aid and integrate the core logging, seismic, OSL, biostratigraphic and environmental work being undertaken by the rest of the group