My Research Vision
The subject of climate change is paramount to our understanding of future human and environmental systems. Within this large arena of scientific research, sea level changes in the past and the present affect all of the world's coastline. The geological record of coastal change since the last glacial period is punctuated by rapid alterations the sea surface, and as such, a better understanding of this phenomenon is required in order to plan for our future.
I completed my PhD looking at Holocene relative sea level change in 2004. I took a research/teaching position at Exter University for two years and then moved to Coventry University in 2006 as a permanent lecturer.
My research interests and publications are mainly based around the use of diatoms and sediments for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, predominantly from coastal sites containing Holocene sediments. I have also worked in lacustrine environments with a number of colleagues using diatoms as a proxy for lake level change and charting climate and environmental change within lake basin catchments.
My current research focus is on the threat and causes of tsunami around the UK, global sea level response to ice sheet decay and rapid climate changes/periodicity within the Holocene. I am currently conducting fieldwork alongside a number of archaeologists in Scotland who are trying to elucidate te prevailing environments throuhout the Mesolithic through to the middle ages for a number of key historic and archaeologically significant locations.
- Smith, D.E., Hunt, N., Firth, C.R., Jordan, J.T., Fretwell, P.T., Harman, M., Murdy, J., Orford, J.D., and Burnside, N.G. (2012) 'Patterns of Holocene Relative sea level change in the North of Britain and Ireland'. Quaternary Science Reviews 54, 58-76.
- Jones, R.T., Cook, C.G., Zhang, E., Langdon, P.G., Jordan, J., and Turney, C. (2012) 'Holocene environmental change at Lake Shudu, Yunnan Province, southwestern China'.Hydrobiologia 693 (1), 223-235.
- Smith, D.E., Harrison, S., Forth, C.R., and Jordan, J. (2011) 'The early Holocene sea-level rise'.Quaternary Science Reviews 30 (15-16), 1846-1860.
- Smith, D.E., Davies, M.H., Brooks, C.L., Mighall, T.M., Dawson, S., Rea, B.R., Jordan, J.T., and Holloway, L.K. (2010) 'Holocene relative sea levels and related prehistoric activity in the Forth lowland, Scotland, United Kingdom'. Quaternary Science Reviews 29 (17-18), 2382-2410.
- Jordan, J.T., Smith, D.E., Dawson, S., and Dawson, A.G. (2010) 'Holocene relative sea-level changes in Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK'. Journal of Quaternary Science 25 (2), 115-134.
- Smith, D.E., Cullingford, R.A., Mighall, T.M., Jordan, J.T., and Fretwell, P.T. (2007) 'Holocene relative sea level changes in a glacio-isostatic area: New data from south-west Scotland, United Kingdom'. Marine Geology 242 (1-3), 5-26.
- Jordan, J.T., Dawson, S., and Dawson, A.G. (2006) 'Late Holocene coastal dune evolution, Lewis and Harris, Scottish Outer Hebrides'. In Sand Dune Machair 4: Studies in Machair Evolution. Ed. by Ritchie, W. and Angus, S. Aberdeen University press, Aberdeen.
- Jones, R.T., and Jordan, J.T. (2006) 'An overview of lake level research'. In Encyclopaedia of Quaternary Science. Ed. by Elias, S.A. London: Elsevier.
- Dawson, S., Smith, D.E., Jordan, J.T., and Dawson, A. G. (2004) 'Late Holocene coastal sand movements in the Outer Hebrides, N.W. Scotland'. Marine Geology 210, 281-306.
- Landscape dynamics and Bannockburn 1314: scientific answers to historical problems: This project aims to elucidate the environmental conditions during the battle of Bannockburn. I have been employed to conduct the diatom research for the project alongside colleagues from Oxford and Stirling University.
- Relative sea-level change and experiencing the Droughduill Mound: This project entails the description of the sea-level history of the area surrounding the Mesolithic mound at Droughduill, Stranraer, Scotland with colleagues from Oxford and Stirling University.
- Environmental reconstruction of the Lunt Meadow site: This project entails a diatom assessment of the Lunt Meadow coastal archaeological site with colleagues at Exeter University.