Prof Jamie Woodward

Professor of Physical Geography

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Current research awards

  • Environmental impacts of climate change in the Nile Basin over the past 30,000 years. Australian Research Council, Discovery Award (2008-2012) $251,800. Collaborators: The University of Adelaide; Aberystwyth University; The University of Manchester; University of Bergen
  • Health and diet in ancient Nubia through political and climate change. The Leverhulme Trust (2009-2013) £213,233. Collaborators: The British Museum; The University of Manchester; The University of Durham; Aberystwyth University

Jamie Woodward    Cover of Geoarchaeology    Cover of the Physical Geography of the Mediterranean

BSc (Aberystwyth); PhD (Cambridge)

  • Aberystwyth University (1983-86) BSc in Geography
  • University of Cambridge (1986-90) PhD in Quaternary Research
  • University of Exeter (1990-93) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography

Jamie is a geomorphologist with particular interests in the nature and impacts of Quaternary environmental change in the Mediterranean region and the Nile basin. A good deal of his work takes place in close collaboration with archaeologists and he is interested in the theoretical and practical interface between geography, geoscience and archaeology. Jamie is currently working on two projects in the Nile Valley of Northern Sudan with archaeologists from the British Museum exploring the relationship between human activity and environmental change over the last 10,000 years or so. This work is funded by the Australian Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. You will find a report on some of this work from the 2011 field season here. Public outreach is an important part of his work: Jamie worked closely with colleagues at the Manchester Museum on the Ancient Worlds galleries which opened in late 2012. He has been the Editor of Geoarchaeology: An International Journal since 2007. In 2008 he was awarded a personal chair – the first in Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. With other colleagues in Geography he set up the Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology Research Group in late 2004. This cluster forms a key part of Physical Geography research and teaching at Manchester. Jamie has just completed The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford University Press.

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Administrative experience

At The University of Manchester

  • Director of the MGEOG programme from 2013
  • Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Environment and Development (2008-2011)
  • Faculty of Humanities Teaching and Learning Committee (2008-2011)
  • School of Environment and Development Policy and Resources Committee (2008-2011)
  • Director of the BA in Geography and Archaeology (2004-2010)

External Examining

  • October 2011 to summer 2014: External examiner for Geography BSc programmes at the University of Liverpool
  • October 2008 to summer 2011: Physical Geography external examiner for the Part II Examination in the Geographical Tripos at the University of Cambridge
  • October 2008 to 2010: External examiner for the MSc programme in Landscape, Heritage and Environment at Queen’s University Belfast
  • October 2004 to 2008: External examiner for the MSc programme in River Basin Dynamics and Management at Aberystwyth University
  • October 2005 to summer 2008: External examiner for the BSc programme in Geography at the University of Huddersfield
  • I have examined PhDs at the following institutions: University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, University of Exeter (x3), Aberystwyth University, University of Leeds (x5), The University of Manchester (x2), Newcastle University, University of Sheffield, University of Liverpool, Massey University, New Zealand.

Key Conference Presentations 2008 to 2012

  • Woodward et al. (2012) New records of Holocene Flooding in Northern Sudan. The Sudan Archaeological Research Society, The British Museum, London, May 14th.
  • Woodward et al. (2011) New Records of Holocene Flooding in the Desert Nile. 17th INQUA Congress (International Union for Quaternary Research), Bern, Switzerland, July 20–27
  • Keynote Paper: Woodward, J.C. (2011) Quaternary Change and Palaeohydrology: Recent Advances from the Mediterranean. Palaeohydrology: Learning Lessons from the Past. Annual Meeting of the UK Quaternary Research Association, Liverpool, January 4–6 (Invited Paper)
  • Keynote Paper: Woodward, J.C. (2009) Pleistocene Glaciation in the Mediterranean: Past, Present and Future Research. 7th International Meeting on Global Continental Palaeohydrology. GLOCOPH-Israel 2009, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, October 25th to November 3rd (Invited Paper)
  • Woodward, J.C. et al. (2008) Glacial Activity and Catchment Dynamics in Northwest Greece: Long-term River Behaviour and the Slackwater Sediment Record for the Last Glacial to Interglacial Transition. 39th Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Austin, Texas, October 10–11 (Invited Paper). Published in Geomorphology.


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