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Professor Roland Gehrels

Professor

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

Qualifications

PhD, Geology, 1994. University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA.
MSc, Quaternary Geology, 1989. Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Propedeuse (undergraduate degree), Physical Geography, 1985. Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

Professional membership

American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
American Quaternary Association
Quaternary Research Association

Roles on external bodies

President INQUA Commission on Coastal and Marine Processes (2011-2015).
Member NERC Peer Review College (2012 – present)
Member Marine Geology Editorial Board (2002 – present)
Member PALSEA (PAGES/IMAGES) Steering Committee (2010 – present)
Member NERC Radiocarbon Committee Steering Committee (2010-2014)
Chair, North and West Europe Working Group, INQUA Commission on Coastal and Marine Processes (2007-2011).
UK Correspondent UNESCO IGCP Project 495 ‘Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions. Driving Mechanisms and Coastal Responses’ (2004-2009).
UK Correspondent UNESCO IGCP Project 588 ‘Preparing for Coastal Change’ (2010-2011).

External examiner
University College London, undergraduate Geography programmes, 2010-2014.

Grants reviewer
Natural Environmental Research Council, National Science Foundation (USA), Australian Research Council, Sea Grant (USA), National Institute for Climatic Change Research - Coastal Center (USA), Research Council of Sultanate of Oman, Israel Science Foundation.


Journal reviewer
Area, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Continental Shelf Research, Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science, Geology, Geomorphology, Geophysical Research Letters, Global and Planetary Change, Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Foraminiferal Research, Journal of Maps, Journal of Micropalaeontology, Journal of Quaternary Science, The Holocene, Marine Geology, Marine Micropaleontology, Nature, Nature Geoscience, Netherlands Journal of Geosciences (Geologie en Mijnbouw), Oceanography, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, Palaios, Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Quaternary International, Quaternary Newsletter, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Science Reviews, Science. 

Teaching interests

Sea-level and palaeoenvironmental change, Coastal environments, Fieldwork

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner, UCL, Geography undergraduate programme, 2010-2014.

Marc Hijma, PhD. "From river valley to estuary: the early mid-Holocene transgression of the Rhine-Meuse valley, the Netherlands". Utrecht University, 2009.

Andrew Berkeley, PhD. "Foraminiferal assemblage development in tropical intertidal environments: A case study from Cocoa Creek, North Queensland, Australia". Department of Environmental & Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2008.

Sarah Woodroffe, PhD, "Mid-Late Holocene sea level change and coastal evolution: Central Great Barrier Reef coastline, Australia", Department of Geography, Durham University, 2006. 

Michael Roberts, PhD, "Holocene sea-level change in North Wales: the evolution of the Menai Strait", School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales - Bangor, 2005.

Thomas Hill, PhD, "The late Quaternary evolution of the Gordano Valley, North Somerset, UK", School of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England, 2005.

Robert Freel, PhD, "Determining the causes, extent and impact of 20th century sea surface elevations around west and north Ireland", Department of Geography, Queen's University Belfast, 2004.

 

 

Research interests

Main interest: Holocene sea-level change

Current research focuses on:

(1) Accelerations of sea-level rise in response to global warming (North Atlantic, Australia, New Zealand)

(2) Sea-level changes during past interglacials

(3) Quantitative methods of sea-level reconstruction using microfossils

(4) Late Holocene sea-level changes in western Europe and northeastern North America 

(5) Dating techniques in recent sea-level reconstruction

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Brigida Orioli Figueira, PhD, University of Auckland, ‘Salt marsh foraminiferal record of late Holocene sea level rise around New Zealand’, 2012.
David Dawson, PhD, ‘Impact of future sea-level rise on the London-Penzance railway line’, 2012.
Zuzanna Stroynowski, PhD, 'A high resolution climatic study of the Norwegian and Iberian shelves during the Holocene: a diatom perspective', 2009.
William Marshall, PhD, 'Geochronology of salt-marsh sediments', 2007.
Katie Szkornik, PhD, 'Middle to late Holocene sea-level changes in western Denmark: a diatom-based study', 2007.
Antony Massey, PhD, 'Holocene sea-level changes along the Channel coast of SW England', 2004.

Current PhD students (* Director of Studies)
Marta Perez (expected submission 2013), ‘A palaeoecological approach to understanding the impact of coastal change on past societies.’ 
Kelly Ross, Keele University (expected submission 2013), ‘Holocene sea-level change in the Dyfi Estuary, West Wales, UK’.
Robert Barnett* (expected submission 2012), ‘Recent sea-level change in Arctic Norway reconstructed from salt-marsh sediments’.

Postdoctoral researchers supervised
Dr. Margot Saher (2009-present)
Dr. William A. Marshall (2007-present) 
Dr. Jason R. Kirby (2000-2002)
Dr. Helen M. Roe (1997-1999)

MSc/MRes students (* First supervisor)
Rachel Riley* (2013, MSc Sustainable Environmental Management)
Alexander Macdonald* (2012, MSc Sustainable Environmental Management)
Steffie Haynes* (2011, MSc Applied Marine Science)
Thomas Lawrence* (2011, MRes, Marine Geosciences)
Emily Spalding* (2010, MRes Global Environmental Change)
Mary Fonteh (2009, MSc Water and Coastal Management)
Elizabeth Elliott* (2008, MSc Global Environmental Change)
Charlotte Hall* (2008, MSc Global Environmental Change)
Katie Stokes* (2007, MSc Global Environmental Change)
S. Louise Callard* (2007, MRes Global Environmental Change)
Joseph Stocker (2006, MSc Global Environmental Change)
Jennifer Coates* (2006, MSc Global Environmental Change)
Melanie Bugler* (2006, MRes Global Environmental Change)
Samantha Pillidge (2005, MSc Sustainable Environmental Management)
Katherine E. Southall (2004, MRes Micropalaeontology, UCL)
Guido de Coterlet* (2004, MSc Applied Marine Science)
Hannah Webb* (2004, MRes Micropalaeontology)
Claire E. Manning* (2003, MSc Applied Marine Science)
Jody E. Goodman* (2003, MSc Global Change)
Gillian R. Grieves* (2001, MSc Sustainable Environmental Management)
Ruth Clements* (2001, MSc Sustainable Environmental Management)

Grants & contracts

 

2001-2011

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘North Atlantic sea-level variability during the last half-millennium’; AMS 14C dating allocation no. 1566.0511, £101,440, 2011.

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Using interglacials to assess future sea-level scenarios (iGlass)’, NERC Consortium grant, with University of Southampton (lead PI), Durham University, University of Oxford, University of Bristol, NOC Liverpool, British Antarctic Survey, NE/I008624/1, £284,007 (total project £2.6M), 2011-2015.

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘North Atlantic sea-level variability during the last half-millennium’; AMS 14C dating allocation no. 1490.0810, £11,440, 2010.

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Constraints on late glacial sea-level change in western Ireland’; AMS 14C dating allocation no. 1462.0410, £1560, 2010.

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Sea-level changes in Tasmania: implications for the melting history of the Greenland Ice Sheet’, AMS 14C dating allocation no. 1417.1009, £9,980, 2009.

EU, Marie Curie Actions, ‘Sea-level changes in western Europe and New Zealand during the past 500 years’, International Outgoing Fellowship (for Dr E. Leorri; with Geomarine Research, Auckland, New Zealand), € 242,496, 2009-12. (Note: Dr. Leorri decided not to take up this fellowship).

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘North Atlantic sea-level variability during the last half-millennium’, NE/G003440/1, £190,634 (total project £589,016), Lead PI, with co-PIs Prof. Antony Long (Durham University) and Dr Philip Woodworth (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory), and Project Partner NERC Radiocarbon Facility, 2009-12.

English Heritage, ‘The Lyonesse Project – Isles of Scilly’, with Dan Charman (PI) and Ralph Fyfe, £35,309 (total project £95,000), 2009-12.

Natural Environment Research Council, 'Coastal subsidence in SW Britain', AMS 14C allocation no. 1271.0408, £3640, 2008.

The Royal Society, Conference grant, INQUA Congress, Cairns, Australia, £1180, 2007. 

The Seale-Hayne Educational Trust, ‘Estuarine siltation in Devon and Cornwall: the role of agricultural land use’, £9360, 2007-2008.

The Royal Society, Short-visit grant to New Zealand, £2507, 2006.

Great Western Research, Network Rail, Devon County Council, Cornwall County Council, ‘Impact of future sea-level rise on the London-Penzance railway line’, PhD studentship, £55,200, 2006-2009.

South Hams Society, ‘Avon Estuary Siltation Project’, with Drs. W. Blake and G. Masselink (UoP – Geography), £1300, 2006.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, ‘Sea-Level change and coastal flooding: past records and future impacts’, Academic Fellowship EP/E500013/1 (lead proposer), £125,000, 2006-2011.

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘The glacio-eustatic contribution to global sea-level rise in the late Holocene', AMS 14C dating allocation no. 1117.1005, £11,700, 2005.

Belgian Geological Survey, ‘Sea-level changes in the Persian Gulf ’, €10,080, 2005.

 

South Hams Society, ‘ Avon Estuary Siltation Project’, with Drs. W. Blake and G. Masselink (UoP – Geography), £12,750, 2005.

 

Royal Society, ‘Recent acceleration of sea-level rise in the Southern Hemisphere’, £3353, 2004.

 

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Sea-level changes in the North Atlantic Ocean during the past 500 years’, AMS 14C dating allocation no. 1083.0404, £9900, 2004.

 

South Hams District Council, ‘Slapton Coastal Zone Management Main Study’, with ScottWilson Ltd. and Prof. Andrew Chadwick (Coastal Engineering), £10,000, 2004.

 

Natural Environmental Research Council, ‘Holocene sea-level change in Denmark’, Research funds with quota studentship. NER/S/A/2003/11314, £5132, 2003.

 

Royal Society, Study visit to New Zealand, £2748, 2003.

 

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Late Holocene sea-level and climate change’, AMS 14C dating allocation no. 968/0402, £20,808, 2002.

 

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Late Holocene sea-level and climate change’, AMS 14C dating allocation no. 930/0801, £7700, 2001.

 

Devon County Council, Slapton Sands core analyses, £1580, 2001.

 

European Commission, Vth Framework (Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development), ‘Late Holocene Shallow Marine Environments of Europe (HOLSMEER)’, €188,005 (total project €2,010,563), 1/1/01-30/6/04.

 

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Holocene sea-level changes along the Channel coast of southwest England’, AMS 14C dating allocation no. 883/0800, £6660, 2000.

 

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Holocene sea-level changes along the Channel coast of southwest England’, AMS 14C dating allocation no. 835/1299, £6000, 2000.

 

Natural Environment Research Council, ‘Rapid sea-level rise during the past 300 years?’, GR9/04647, £35,889, 1/7/00-30/6/02.

 

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