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Jamie Woodward

Professor of Physical Geography


  • Aberystwyth University (1983-86) BSc in Geography
  • University of Cambridge (1986-90) PhD in Quaternary Research
  • University of Exeter (1990-93) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography

Research interests 

I am a geomorphologist with particular interests in the nature and impacts of Quaternary environmental change in the Mediterranean region and the Nile basin. A good deal of my work takes place in close collaboration with archaeologists and I am interested in the theoretical and practical interface between geography, geoscience and archaeology.

I am currently working on two projects in the Nile Valley of Northern Sudan with archaeologists from the British Museum exploring the relationship between human activity and environmental change over the last 10,000 years or so. This work is funded by the Australian Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust.

Public outreach is an important part of my work: I worked closely with colleagues at the Manchester Museum on the Ancient Worlds galleries which opened in late 2012. I have been the Editor of Geoarchaeology: An International Journal since 2007. In 2008 I was awarded a personal chair – the first in Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. With other colleagues in Geography I set up the Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology Research Group in late 2004. This cluster forms a key part of Physical Geography research and teaching at Manchester. I have just completed The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford University Press.

Supervision topics

I would be very happy to discuss potential PhD projects in the general area of Quaternary environments and geoarchaeology. The following is a list of themes that relate to ongoing projects in the Nile Basin and in various parts of the Mediterranean including Greece, Sicily and Montenegro. Any of these themes could be developed into a more focused PhD proposal:

  • River basin response to Pleistocene/Holocene environmental change
  • Sedimentation dynamics in rockshelters and caves
  • Developing U-series geochronologies for Pleistocene alluvium in karst terrains
  • Pleistocene glaciation in the Mediterranean mountains
  • Mediterranean and UK flood histories
  • Mediterranean records of Saharan dust dynamics
  • Reservoir sediment records and catchment dynamics

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