The CQR was established
in 1990 and has grown to become one of the leading international
research centres in Quaternary science. The aim of the CQR is to promote
interdisciplinary research based on three themes of major importance
for understanding Quaternary environmental change: 1) the dynamics of
global change; 2) the human dimension of environmental change, and 3)
advances in geochronology. Since its inception the CQR has attracted
funding from an increasingly diverse range of sources (NERC, AHRC, ESRC,
Leverhulme Trust, EC Framework Programs, British Academy). Major
research partnerships and initiatives have been forged in the UK and
overseas, which are fostering important advances in
understanding Quaternary landscape evolution, abrupt climate change,
quantitative palaeoclimate reconstruction, geochronology,
biostratigraphy, Palaeolithic and environmental archaeology. The CQR has
also benefited from recent £1.5M SRIF investment in laboratory
refurbishment that has enhanced the centre’s research capabilities in: OSL dating, tephrochronology, analytical chemistry, soil micromorphology and the analysis of varved sediments.
research into the mechanisms, expression, and response to abrupt
climate changes focuses on terrestrial environments and primarily
addresses the human and environmental impact of abrupt climate changes
during the Quaternary period. Such events are of current concern because
they can affect all aspects of human life.
The Centre runs the only MSc in Quaternary Science recognised by NERC.
The course annually recruits c. 20 students, 65% of whom continue to
PhD training. CQR staff members teach throughout the undergraduate
physical geography curriculum, including third year specialist option
courses that provide an important link between the research and teaching
roles of academic staff in the centre. The CQR is also part of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, involving University College London, Kings College, Queen Mary, Brunel, Birkbeck, the Natural History Museum, the Institute of Zoology and Kew. 35 studentships are available annually. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Quaternary Science, please make informal contact with academic members in the group and see here for deadlines and details of how to apply. Other funding opportunities may also be available so please make enquiries.
Professor Danielle Schreve