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Dr Louise Best

Senior Lecturer in Geography

I am a physical geographer interested in reconstructing environmental change, with particular expertise in coasts and sea-level change. Chevron icon

Biography

I am a physical geographer interested in reconstructing environmental change, with particular expertise in coasts and sea-level change. My recent research is focussed on relative sea-level changes in western Scotland since the last glaciation, using fieldwork and laboratory analysis to provide new constraints of environmental and relative sea-level change.

Qualifications

  • PGCert: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2020
  • PhD: Environmental Geography, University of York, 2016
  • MSc: Geography, University of Durham, 2012
  • BSc (Hons): Geography, University of Durham, 2011

Accreditation

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies

Quaternary Research Association (QRA)

Sea Level and Coastal Change (SLaCC) Group Coordinator

Teaching & Research

Teaching

  • Introductory Geographical Research & Fieldwork
  • Earth Systems & Processes
  • Practical Environmental Investigation
  • Data Handling and Presentation
  • Geographical Enquiry
  • Fieldwork Elective
  • Sea-Level Change and Coasts
  • Palaeoecology
  • Changing Coasts
  • Pollution in Ecological Systems.

Research

My research specialisms are in reconstructing Quaternary environmental change and palaeoecology. My primary research interests are in the use of microfossils, particularly diatoms, to reconstruct environmental and relative sea-level changes. Much of my work involves field data collection and laboratory analysis.

Publications

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More publications from Louise Best can be found in the Research Repository.

More publications from Dr Louise Best can be found in the Research Repository.