Staff Profiles: Dr. Phillip Toms

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Staff Profile: Dr. Phillip Toms
Academic Subject Leader in Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Phillip Toms

Academic Subject Leader in Environmental Sciences

Geography

Phillip specialises in quaternary science, studying environments of the past 2.58 million years to help predict our future climate and to understand the emergence of modern humans

Telephone: +44 (0)1242 714708 Email: ptoms@glos.ac.uk

Biography

Phillip lectures on physical geography, leads the Environmental Sciences Group and is Director of the School’s luminescence dating laboratory. He specialises in Quaternary Science studying environments of the past 2.58 million years, the interval within which modern humans and that provides one of the best analogues for understanding future climate change. He uses the luminescence of minerals to date past environmental changes and hominin evolution, dispersal and occupation.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
BSc Geography Royal Holloway, University of London 1996
PhD Quaternary Science Royal Holloway, University of London 2002

Accreditation

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and research

Teaching

Earth systems and processes

Geographical research and fieldwork

Practical environmental investigation

Threats to civilisation

Ice Age Earth

Geographical enquiry

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

Phillip’s research and consultancy focuses on the development and application of luminescence dating. This technique establishes when minerals were last exposed to sunlight or heat and is used to date deposition of sediments and production of archaeological artefacts. Of late, his research has focused on the past environments of South Africa and instances of hominin occupation in East Africa and Australia.

Publications

More publications from Dr. Phillip Toms can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

External responsibilities

Professional positions

Chair of the West of England & South Wales region, Royal Geographical Society with IBG