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Associate Professor in the Department of GeographyS201+44 (0) 191 33 41932
Associate Professor , Sea Level, Ice and ClimateS201+44 (0) 191 33 41932


I am an Associate Professor in the Geography Department. My research is focused upon reconstructing Holocene and recent sea-level changes using microfossil-based reconstruction methods, in order to answer questions of ice sheet history, crustal response to surface loading and predictions of future sea-level change in vulnerable coastal areas. I’m currently involved in research looking at sea-level changes over the last millennia in Greenland and what they can tell us about the changing mass-balance history of the Greenland Ice Sheet over the recent past and over longer timescales. I am also working on sea-level records from key locations far from the centres of former glaciation which provide information on the long-term melting histories of the large ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. My particular area of expertise is the development and application of sediment and microfossil-based methodologies (including transfer functions) in reconstructing sea-level change. These are designed to enhance accuracy and precision and to allow development of sea-level records from historically poorly studied locations such as low and high latitudes.

Research Projects

  • Constraining Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Balance Using Salt Marsh Sediment Sequences
  • Reconstructing Ice Sheet History Using Relative Sea-Level (RSL) Observations and Modelling

Awarded Grants

  • 2011: Dating mid-holocene sea level changes in the Seychelles(£4190.00 from )
  • 2009: SEA-LEVEL CHANGES OVER THE PAST 10,000 YEARS(£3781.00 from British Council Manchester)
  • 2007: XVII INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR QUATERNARY(£900.00 from The Royal Society)


Chapter in book

  • Woodroffe, S.A. & Barlow, N.L.M. (2015). Reference water level and tidal datum. In Handbook of sea level research. Shennan, I., Long, A.J. & Horton, B.P. Wiley.
  • Woodroffe, S.A. & Long, A.J. (2012). Late Quaternary Sea-level Changes in Greenland. In Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, 2nd edition. Elias, S. Elsevier.

Journal Article

Supervision students