I lecture on physical geography, lead the Environmental Sciences Group and run the School’s luminescence dating laboratory. My research uses the luminescence properties of minerals to date past environmental changes and hominin evolution, dispersal and occupation. Working with universities, consultancies and NGOs from around the world, I’ve recently been exploring the past environments of South Africa and instances of hominin occupation in East Africa and Australia.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Earth systems and processes
Ice Age Earth
Threats to civilisation
Geographical research and fieldwork
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.