Dylan Beard
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Dylan Beard

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

Dylan Beard is a fully-funded PhD candidate within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth [2019-2023], investigating contaminants in glacial sediments and the downstream impacts of their release through melting.

    - Thesis title: Glaciers as secondary sources of anthropogenic pollutants: an emerging socio-environmental challenge

Supervisors:
Caroline Clason
Sally Rangecroft
Will Blake
Kim Ward

Qualifications

MSc in Geoscience Research, Keele University [2017]

    - Thesis title: Investigating the effects of water treatment residual addition on element availability and crop yield, in clean and fertilised soils

Supervisor: Ian Oliver

BSc (Dual Hons.) in Geology and Physical Geography, Keele University [2015]

    - Geology dissertation title: Using ground-penetrating radar as a detection method for clandestine burials
    - Physical Geography dissertation title: Using Sclerochronology to investigate climatic impacts on the growth of Arctica islandica

Roles on external bodies

UK Polar Network: Member-At-Large [2021-present]

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

External

The Brilliant Club - KS3 Maths tutor [2020-present]

Private A-Level geography tutor [2022]

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Internal

Teaching/demonstrating experience on the following UoP modules:

Geology

GEOL1006: Fieldwork and Key Skills

Environmental Science

ENVS1002: The Physical Environment

ENVS1007: Environmental Pollution

ENVS1009: Sustainability Science

ENVS2001: Environmental Field and Research Skills

ENVS2002: Environmental Expedition

ENVS2006: Natural Ecosystems and Their Conservation

Geography

GGH1202: Changing Places

GGH1203: Culture, Society and Space

GGP1205: Catchments and Coasts

GGP1206: Environment and Climate

GGX1205: Geographical Journeys

GGP1206: Environment and Climate

GGH2203: Geographical Information Systems

GGX2204: Fieldwork in Geography

Research

Research

Other research

Research Projects Involved With:

RadIce: The radioactive memory of glaciers

SIGMA:Peru

Grants & contracts

University of Plymouth Research Studentship [2019 - 2022]

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award (Albert Reckitt Award) [2020]

University of Plymouth Santander Scholarship [2019/20]

Publications

Publications

Journals

Beard DB, Clason CC, Rangecroft S, Poniecka E, Ward KJ, Blake WH (2022) Anthropogenic contaminants in glacial environments I: Inputs and accumulation. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment [DOI]

Howells, A.P., Lewis, S.J., Beard, D.B., Oliver, I.W. (2018) Water treatment residuals as soil amendments: Examining element extractability, soil porewater concentrations and effects on earthworm behaviour and survival. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Vol. 162, pp. 334-340 [DOI]

Conference Papers

Beard, D. B., Clason, C., Rangecroft, S., Rodríguez, W. S., and Blake, W.: Catchment scale variation of contaminants in glacial sediments from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9184, 2022

Bellomo, K., Di Chiara, A., Rutter, W. A. J., Davies, H. S., Prior-Jones, M., Piispa, E. J., Muchow, M., and Beard, D. B.: Insights from the LGBTQIA+ working group at EGU 2022, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9149, 2022

Łokas, E., Baccolo, G. B., Clason, C., Wachniew, P., Takeuchi, N., Zawierucha, K., Beard, D., Ambrosini, R., Pittino, F., Franzetti, A., Owens, P., Poniecka, E., Blake, W., Nastasi, M., and Buda, J.: Deposition of plutonium isotopes in glacial environments in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8795, 2021.

Personal

Personal

Conferences organised

UK Antarctic Science Conference 2021 [22/03/2021-25/03/2021] - Organising Committee 

Other academic activities

Talks given

Polar Early Career Conference [06/05/2021]: "Contamination in mountain glacial environments: A review of anthropogenic contaminants in glacial systems and their downstream impacts."

International Glaciological Society (IGS) British Branch Meeting [06/09/2021]: "Contamination in mountain glacial environments: A review of anthropogenic contaminants in glacial systems and their downstream impacts."

European Geoscience Union 2022 General Assembly [23/05/2022]: "Catchment scale variation of contaminants in glacial sediments from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru." 

International Glaciological Society (IGS) British Branch Meeting [31/08/2022]: "Glacier and catchment scale variation of contaminant loads in glacial sediments from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru."

International Mountain Conference 2022 [12/09/2022]: "Contaminant risks from future glacier change in the Corderilla Blanca, Peru."

Additional information

Outreach

Delivered a session titled "Pole to Pole" at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2022. This session taught school-aged children about the albedo effect, Antarctic food webs, and adaptations to living in the Arctic.