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Dr Jonathan Dean


Jonathan Dean

Director, Admissions | Lecturer in Quaternary Science

Post Nominals BSc PhD FHEA
Biography Jonathan has been a Lecturer in Quaternary Science at the University of Hull since 2017. His research uses lake sediments to reconstruct past changes in hydroclimate in eastern African and the eastern Mediterranean. He teaches on modules from foundation to third year. He is the Director of Admissions for Geography, Geology and Environment.
Research Interests Quaternary palaeoclimatology | Palaeolimnology | Stable isotope geochemistry | The Anthropocene

Current research projects:

• Seven millennia of dynamic environmental change along the Big Meander River, SW Turkey, 2019-present. Aims to understand the causes of soil erosion and environmental change along the course of the Büyük Menderes. With Universities of Birmingham, Liverpool and Isparta.

• Fucino palaeo-lake: towards the palaeoenvironmental history of the last 430 ka, 2018-present. Investigation of long lake cores from Italy to produce the longest palaeoenvironmental record from the central Mediterranean to date. With Universities of Pisa, Rome, Berkeley and Cologne and British Geological Survey.

• Quaternary evolution of Mediterranean lakes: refining our understanding of climatic response thresholds, 2017-present. Analysing sediments from Lake Ioannina in Greece and Lake Ohrid in the Republic of North Macedonia to investigate environmental change over the period 190,000-340,000 years BP.

• Did the African Humid Period termination in southern Ethiopia really take ~1000 years? 2017-present. Using stromatolites from Ethiopia to investigate questions surrounding the last time the Sahara turned from grassland to desert 5,000 years ago. With Universities of St Andrews and Oxford and British Geological Survey.

• A 500,000-year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal, 2014-present. Producing the longest reconstruction of past climate change from eastern Africa to date, in order to establish the climate at the time of Homo sapiens evolution and dispersal out of Africa. Multi-million £ project funded by NERC, NSF, DFG and the Intercontinental Drilling Program. With Universities of Arizona, Brown, Cologne, Potsdam, Aberystwyth, St Andrews, Oxford and Cambridge.

• 14,000 years of palaeoenvironmental change in central Turkey, 2010-present Using lake sediments to reconstruct environmental changes over the late glacial and Holocene. Funded by NERC, National Geographic and British Institute at Ankara. With Universities of Plymouth, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Teaching and Learning Foundation Physical Geography
Exploring Worlds
Interpreting Environments
Environmental Change
Living in the Anthropcoene
Adapting to Climate Change
Dissertation supervision


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