Dr Abi Stone

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

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I have long been intrigued by how the environment operates, and with a surname like ‘Stone’ it was difficult to avoid a career path involving geography. My undergraduate degree was a BA in Geography at the University of Oxford, graduating with a First Class Honours in 2003. Having become fascinated by past climate, environmental change and glowing sand grains (luminescence dating) I then moved to Royal Holloway, University of London to undertake an MSc in Quaternary Science (awarded with Distinction in 2004). My doctoral research investigated sand dunes, relict fluvial systems and carbonate tufa deposits in Namibia as proxies for Quaternary environmental change (awarded in 2009 from the University of Oxford). I remained at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford undertaking post-doctoral research on palaeoenvironmental change in the Kalahari Desert and Namib Sand Sea and working for Prof. Heather Viles and English Heritage on soft wall capping to preserve built stone heritage. From 2007 to 2011 I taught undergraduate geography as a Stipendiary Lecturer across a number of colleges. I was an Early Career Fellow at St John’s College, University of Oxford from 2011 to 2014 and from 2012 concurrently an MSc Teaching Fellow for the Water Science, Policy and Management MSc (for which I still contribute as a guest lecturer).


I joined Manchester University in 2014 as a Lecturer in Physical Geography. I currently serve as First Year Advisor and convene and lecture on a number courses at undergraduate and graduate level. I am an executive member of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA), acting as editor of the Quaternary Newsletter. I am the secretary of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research (SASQUA). I am an active member of a number of international research working groups, including G@GPS (Groundwater@Global Palaeoclimate Signals) and SHAPE (Southern Hemisphere Assessment of Palaeoenvironments).


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