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Scientific Executive

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Professor James Scourse
C3W Director Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

James Scourse is Professor of Marine Geology at the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University. James’ research focuses on mechanisms and feedback responses in the Earth’s climate system, in particular linked to ice-ocean interaction and the impact of changes of sea level on the carbon cycle, sediment transport and ocean circulation. He also leads a group reconstructing marine climate using very long-lived annually banded molluscs (sclerochronology/climatology). He has co-ordinated and led two major EU research consortia (SHELF and HOLSMEER), was a senior member of the 40-partner EU MILLENNIUM project (European Climate of the Last Millennium), and has held a seven NERC standard research grants. Much of his research is based at sea and he has served as Chief Scientist on 10 research cruises. James graduated from the University of Oxford with a first in 1980, the University of Bristol (Certificate in Education) in 1981 and was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1985. He was elected to the Rosalind Lady Carlisle Research Fellowship at Girton College, University of Cambridge, in 1984. Between 1981 and 1985 he worked in the Godwin Laboratory and the Sub-department of Quaternary Research before being appointed to his current position at Bangor, also in 1985. He was awarded a Personal Chair in 2005. He served as President of the Quaternary Research Association (2008-2011) and Chair of the NERC Radiocarbon Facility Steering Committee (2007-2011). He was Editor of theJournal of Quaternary Science (2000-2004) and was a Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow 2008-2009. His group discovered the longest-lived animal known to science in 2007.

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Dr Saskia Pagella
C3W Project Manager & Outreach Officer

Dr Saskia Pagella is the Climate Change Consortium of Wales Project Manager, and Outreach Officer for Education, and is located at Bangor University in the Wales Environment Research Hub.

Saskia has a first class BSc in Environmental Science from Plymouth University and a PGCE from Bangor University. She gained her PhD from Bangor University in Soils and Environmental Science in 2011. Saskia has worked in education for over 15 years, teaching all age groups, and she regularly lectures on under and postgraduate courses in Bangor University and the Centre for Alternative Technology. She was part of a team developing a new MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production in Bangor and Aberystwyth universities and has conducted research into effective assessment and feedback strategies in Bangor University and contributed to their science education outreach funded by ERSC through the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.

More recently Saskia was one of the authors for the Wales Synthesis Chapter in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, coordinated by the Wales Environment Research Hub. Her current research is focussed on the quality of climate change science and sustainable development education in primary and secondary schools and she provides knowledge exchange and teaching on soils and land management, ecosystem services, urban green infrastructure and food security.

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Professor Mike Hambrey
Emeritus C3W Director Aberystwyth UniversityDepartment of Geography & Earth Sciences

Michael (Mike) Hambrey is Professor of Glaciology at Aberystwyth University. He was the first Director of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), having led the development of the programme since its inception. He graduated in Geography & Geology (1970) and PhD in Glaciology (1974) at the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Geologist. He spent 3 years as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and 14 years as a Research Associate at Cambridge University, before moving to Liverpool John Moores University as Head of Earth Sciences and Professor of Quaternary Geology in 1991. After 6 years in that post he moved to Aberystwyth in 1996 and became Director for the Centre for Glaciology and Professor of Glaciology in 1998. He served in this capacity until March 2009, when he stepped down to lead the development of C3W. He has also held visiting research fellowships at the Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago in New Zealand, the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, and a Vising Professorship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His research focuses on glacier dynamics and glacial history in many of the world’s glacier-covered regions. He has published a number of richly illustrated books for the wider public, including Glaciers (1998, 2004), Islands of the Arctic (2002) and Gletscher der Welt (2013). He has been awarded the Polar Medal by HM The Queen twice, in 1989 and 2012, and was recognised in the naming of “Hambrey Cliffs” on James Ross Island in Antarctica in 2008. He has edited various journals and served on a number of international and national committees, including the Scientific Commission on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Glaciological Society, the International Geological Correlation Programme and the Geological Society of London.

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Professor Nick Pidgeon
Thematic Cluster Leader Cardiff UniversitySchool of Psychology

Nick Pidgeon is Professor of Applied Psychology at Cardiff University, where he currently directs the interdisciplinary Understanding Risk Research Group, conducting work on energy futures and public perceptions of climate change risks. His research more generally looks at how public attitudes, public trust and institutional responses form a part of the dynamics of a range of environmental risk controversies, including those of Nuclear Power, Climate Change, GM Agriculture, Nanotechnologies and Climate Geoengineering. He has led numerous policy oriented projects on issues of risk, the environment and ‘science in society’ for UK government departments, the research councils and charities. He was a member of the Royal Society / Royal Academy of Engineering nanotechnology study group in 2004, and assessor and report writer for the 2006 inquiry into ‘Cross Party Consensus’ for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change of the British Parliament. Co-editor (with Roger Kasperson and Paul Slovic) of The Social Amplification of Risk, Cambridge University Press, 2003. From October 2008 he took up a 3 year ESRC Professorial Climate Leader Fellowship investigating public risk perception, climate change and public engagement. For further information on his research group see:

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Dr Clive Walmsley
C3W Director of Outreach Countryside Council for Wales

Clive Walmsley is Environmental Impacts Advisor at Countryside Council for Wales. He leads CCW’s work on climate change and related environmental change issues. He is involved in commissioning scientific research, the provision of scientific advice and the development of policy or guidance relating to environmental management, particularly biodiversity conservation. He has been responsible for establishment of the Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon Environmental Change Network site and edited and co-wrote the first State of Environment report for Wales The Living Environment of Wales. Clive has contributed to production of guidance on climate change adaptation for biodiversity with the UK Biodiversity Partnership and the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is a member of the Climate Change Commission for Wales and chair of the UK Inter-agency Climate Change Forum for the UK conservation agencies. Clive trained as a botanist at University of Bristol, and undertook ecological research, specializing in plant ecology and the restoration of coastal plant communities, while studying for his Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia. He is also Director of Outreach for C3W.

Professor Ian Hall
C3W Institutional Director Cardiff UniversitySchool of Earth & Ocean Sciences

Ian Hall is Deputy Head of School and Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.  He joined the School from Cambridge University where he was a Research Fellow at Hughes Hall College researching in the Department of Earth Sciences.  He gained his PhD from Southampton University working on marine biogeochemistry.   His current research interest are focussed on the causes and scales of climate variability and the sensitivity of marine and terrestrial environments to naturally occurring climatic perturbations during the recent (historical) and geologic past.  He is the UK representative of the ‘International Past Global Change Study (IMAGES)’, a PAGES programme, affiliated to the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), 2004-present; Member of SCOR working groups on ‘Reconstruction of past ocean circulation (PACE)’ and ‘Climatic Importance of the Greater Agulhas System’. 2009-present; member of the PAGES working group ‘Synthesis of transient climate evolution of the last 21-kyrs’ (Syn-TraCE 21). Steering committee member of the NERC ‘British Ocean Sediment Core Facility (BOSCORF)’ at the Southampton Oceanography Centre, 2002-2007; Member of the NERC Marine Facilities Review Panel 2008-; Member of NERC Peer Review College, 2007-present; Member of European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers, 2006-present. International expert assessor for the German Research Foundation (DFG) priority programme ‘Integrated Dynamics of Interglacial Climate’. Panel member for the Royal Society Newton International Fellowship scheme, 2009-present.

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Professor Tavi Murray
C3W Institutional Director Swansea University

Tavi Murray moved to University of Swansea as Professor of Glaciology in 2005, and is Director of the Cryosphere cluster of the proposed Climate Change Consortium of Wales. Tavi holds a number of NERC grants, and has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Leadership award for the GLIMPSE project, which will assemble a team of nine researchers at Swansea University to work on the future stability of the Greenland ice sheet. Tavi is especially interested in glacier and ice sheet contribution to sea level rise, glacier dynamics and the impact of climate change on glacier stability. She has worked on a number of major projects to investigate processes at the beds of fast-flowing surging glaciers and ice streams. She particularly enjoys fieldwork remote from the office, and you’ll often find her in a small tent in cold, white parts of the world. She was awarded a Polar Medal in 2007.

Dr Tim James
Project Manager and Senior Lecturer Swansea UniversityCollege of Science

Tim James is the C3W Swansea Project Manager and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Swansea University.  His research focusses on measuring changes in the geometry (i.e. area, thickness, volume) of the world’s ice stores through the exploitation of terrestrial, airborne and spaceborne instruments.  Tim has a B.Sc.H. degree in Physical Geography from Queen’s University, Canada and a M.Phil. degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Cambridge in the U.K.  He earned his Ph.D. in the School of Geography, University of Leeds where he specialised in the error assessment of large topographic data sets.  Tim became interested in glaciology while in Leeds before moving to join the Glaciology Group at Swansea University.  There he has been worked on projects funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Leverhulme Trust and now C3W.  His time is spent between research, teaching, field logistics and project management.

Professor Mark Stallworthy
Member C3W Scientific Executive Swansea UniversityCentre for Environmental and Energy Law and Policy

Mark Stallworthy is Professor of Environmental Law, and co-director of the Centre for Environmental and Energy Law and Policy, in the School of Law at Swansea. He is deputy director of the Human Dimensions of Climate Change cluster within C3W. His main research interests are in the field of legal response to climate change. His work relates in particular to the development of regulatory mechanisms for the purpose of addressing the challenges of climate change, and focuses on the environmental justice implications arising from both impacts of climate change and society’s efforts at adaptation and mitigation. Recent work has concerned societal responses to climate change related risks, including those related to sustainable coastlines and floodplains; alongside public responses to natural disaster. Mostly a desk bound environmental lawyer, he eyes with some envy the fieldwork adventures of his C3W natural scientist colleagues.

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Dr Andrew Thomas
C3W Institutional Director Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

Andrew is a graduate of Swansea University, where he obtained a Geography degree and Ph.D. His doctoral research looked at the impact of fire on soil erosion, slope hydrology and nutrient losses in the eucalyptus and pine forests of central Portugal. He then left Wales for lectureship positions at Reading (1997), Salford (1998) and Manchester Metropolitan (2002) Universities where he was made Reader in Physical Geography in 2011. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Peter Fleming award in 2008 and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2010. He joined the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth in October 2012, where he is co-director of the newly formed Environment and Society Research Group.

Andrew’s expertise is in dryland environments, particularly in the Kalahari of southern Africa. He is interested in predicting the effects of climatic and land use change on soils and the carbon cycle. Funding from NERC (CEH_L_027_2007) and The Leverhulme Trust (RF/4/RFG/2009/0263) allowed him to establish how grazing intensity, rainfall and temperature affect land-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 across the Kalahari. Much of his work has focused on biological soil crusts and their influence over soil erodibility, moisture and nutrient content in drylands. Recently this has taken him to the Makgadikgadi salt pans in northern Botswana, where he has investigated biological and chemical uptake of carbon in hyper-saline and alkaline soils.

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Sir John Houghton FRS, CBE
Chief Scientific Advisor to C3W

John Houghton was born in 1931 in Dyserth, Clwyd, educated at Rhyl Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford. After a short period at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, he returned to Oxford in 1958 as Lecturer, Reader (1962) and Professor (1976) of Atmospheric Physics, where he became involved in novel instrumentation for observing the Earth’s atmosphere from space. After a period as Director of the Appleton Laboratory (1979-1983), during which it merged with the Rutherford Laboratory at Chilton, he moved to become Director General (later Chief Executive) of the Meteorological Office. In 1988, on the formation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he was appointed chairman of its Scientific Assessment – a position he held until 2002. After retiring from the Met Office in 1991, he became chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (1992-8). He is currently President of the John Ray Initiative and a Trustee of the Shell Foundation. His many awards include the Japan Prize (2006), International Meteorological Organisation Prize (1998), gold medals from the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society and honorary doctorates from 12 UK universities including Oxford and Wales. His books include Global Warming: the Complete Briefing(4th edition 2009), and The search for God: can science help.

Professor Geof Duller
Thematic Cluster Leader Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

Professor Geoff Duller has been on the staff at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences since 1995, and was awarded a personal chair in 2005. He studied for a degree in Geography at St Catherine’s College Oxford (BA 1987), and then spent a year teaching geography at Massey University, New Zealand. He returned to Aberystwyth in 1989 to study for a PhD on luminescence dating of Quaternary sediments in New Zealand (PhD 1992). As part of this thesis he developed the first widely adopted single aliquot methods for luminescence dating. He undertook postdoctoral research at Aberystwyth, and then at the University of Adelaide and Risø National Laboratory.

In 1995 he returned to Aberystwyth to take up a lectureship. In 2000 he became director of the Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory. In 2012 he was awarded the Bigsby Medal by the Geological Society of London in recognition of his work in the development and application of luminescence dating.

Geoff is Deputy C3W Institutional Director for Aberystwyth University.

Professor Neil Glasser
Professor and past Institutional Director of C3W Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

Neil Glasser joined IGES in April 1999 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002, Reader in 2004 and Professor in 2006. In 2006-2007 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. He was a member of the NERC Peer Review College (2005-2008) and is a member of the Steering Committee for the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility (2007-2011).

Neil also serves as an editor of the Journal of Glaciology and Quaternary Science Reviews. Recent research papers include contributions on using glacial erosional landforms to reconstruct former ice sheets, reconstructing patterns of meltwater flow in former ice sheets and the role of structural glaciology in debris entrainment, deposition and landform development. He is currently working on large data sets concerned with Quaternary glaciations in southern South America and the response of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves to recent climate change.

Since October 1st 2008, Neil has also been serving as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Doctor Stuart Jenkins
C3W Institutional Director Bangor Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

Stuart is a Reader in Ocean Sciences at Bangor University. He graduated in Zoology from Cambridge University in 1990 and undertook his PhD at Port Erin Marine Laboratory, University of Liverpool between 1991 and 1995. His PhD focused on plant-animal interactions on algal-dominated, sheltered rocky shores. He remained at Port Erin on the Isle of Man for a further 6 years, undertaking two post-doctoral research posts. The first, extended his interests in inter-tidal ecology over a European scale within the EUROROCK project, and the second, saw him examining the impacts of demersal fishing techniques on benthic communities. In 2001 Stuart was appointed a Research Fellow at the Marine Biological Association where he developed a research group in experimental benthic ecology. In 2007 he moved to the School of Ocean Sciences and in 2009 was appointed Reader in Marine Ecology.
Research Interests

In the past 10 years Stuart’s research has focused on four main areas: 1) supply side ecology of benthic marine invertebrates using acorn barnacles as model organisms; 2) the consequences of biodiversity loss to the functioning of marine ecosystems; 3) the role of key herbivores in intertidal systems and the generality of their effects over large geographic scales; 4) anthropogenic impacts on benthic sedimentary communities. These areas are discussed in more detail on his personal home page:

Outreach Team

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Dr Cynthia Froyd
C3W Outreach Officer – Business Swansea University

Cynthia Froyd is the Climate Change Consortium of Wales Outreach Officer for Business and is located at Swansea University in the Department of Geography, College of Science. Cynthia is a physical geographer interested in long-term ecology and environmental change and its applications to modern conservation management. Cynthia has a B.S. in Forest Resources Sciences / Botany from Humboldt State University (USA) and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University (USA). She earned a PhD in Quaternary Palaeoecology in 2002 from the University of Cambridge, examining long-term pine forest dynamics in the Scottish Highlands. She has held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Oxford (2005-2011) and University of Oulu, Finland (2004-2005), was a Lecturer in Physical Geography at St Catherine’s College, Oxford (2005-2006), and was the Outreach Co-ordinator for the EU MILLENNIUM project (European Climate of the Last Millennium) (2010). In addition to her academic experience, Cynthia was employed professionally as an ecologist for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service from 1989-2002, where she focused on land management planning, watershed analysis and landscape ecology and was a liaison to both the public and the scientific community. Cynthia’s primary research interests are in the application of information on long-term ecological / environmental change (vegetation, climate, natural disturbance, human impact) to directly inform conservation and land management activities, and also to elucidate the processes underlying the development of modern ecosystems. Cynthia has conducted research in such diverse regions as the Galápagos Islands, western North America, southern Africa, Borneo, Scotland and northern Finland.

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Mr Vince Jones
C3W Outreach Officer – Media Aberystwyth University

Vince focusses on publicising the work of C3W through both new and traditional media.

He is a qualified teacher with his first degree in Media & Communications. He later studied MSc Applied Energy and Environment Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology. In the past he has been involved in communicating environmental issues to politicians and policy makers.  He lectured in media and communication for over ten years. Vince is also a partner in a photography and film business, Whole Picture Productions.

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Lydia Beaman
C3W Outreach Officer – Policy Cardiff University

Lydia Beaman has multi-disciplinary experience in research, analysis and communication. Her work concentrates on environmental science and politics, with a focal interest in climate change and agriculture, food and water security.
Lydia received a distinction in her MSc at Warwick University where she studied in the agri-environmental sciences, covering climate change, environmental accounting and ecosystem services, among other topics. Her self-formulated MSc project researched the water footprint of the UK’s food imports and the demand on global water resources.She also has worked alongside the Food Ethics Council and Friends of the Earth Cymru before joining C3W as their main Policy Outreach Officer.

Other Employed Staff

Aberystwyth University
Dr Joseph Williams
Terrestrial Systems Lecturer Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Dr Georgina King
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Dr Tom Holt
Lecturer Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Dr Ann Rowan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Glaciology Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Dr Rachel Howell
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Human Dimensions of Climate Change Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Dr Rachel Carr
Lecturer Aberystwyth UniversityInstitute of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Melissa Chapot
Post-doctoral Research Fellow PhD Candidate Aberystwyth UniversityDepartment of Geography & Earth Sciences

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Cardiff University
Dr Kate Hendry
Research Lecturer Cardiff UniversitySchool of Earth & Ocean Sciences

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Dr Paola Moffa-Sanchez
Research Associate Cardiff UniversitySchool of Earth & Ocean Sciences

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Dr Lukas Jonkers
Post Doctoral Research Associate Cardiff UniversitySchool of Earth & Ocean Sciences

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Jessica Paddock
Research Assistant Cardiff UniversitySchool of Social Sciences

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Dr Stuart Capstick
Research Associate Cardiff UniversitySchool of Psychology

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Dr Kai Yan
Marine Research Assistant Cardiff UniversitySchool of Earth & Ocean Sciences
Dr Kelvin Mason
Human Dimension Research Associate Cardiff UniversitySchool of Planning & Geography

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Dr Christina Demski
Human Dimension Junior Lecturer Cardiff UniversitySchool of Psychology

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Dr Martin Ziegler
Marine Research Lecturer Cardiff UniversitySchool of Earth & Ocean Sciences

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Bangor University
Brian Long
Sclero Technician Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Amanda Pettersen
Research Technician Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Dr Anna Pienkowski
Lecturer Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Dr Stephanie Wilson
Research Lecturer Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Dr Clare Green
Post Doctoral Research Associate Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Dr Paul Butler
Research Lecturer Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Dr Mattias Green
Senior Research Fellow Bangor UniversitySchool of Ocean Sciences

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Swansea University
Dr Giles Young
Technician Swansea UniversityGeography Department

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Dr Adam Booth
Post Doctoral Research Associate Swansea UniversityDepartment of Geography

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Dr Daniella Jansen
Post Doctoral Researcher Swansea UniversityCollege of Science

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Dr Nicholas Selmes
Research Officer Swansea UniversityDepartment of Geography

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Dr Mark Allen
Human Dimensions Research Assistant Swansea University
Mr Yoann Drocourt
C3W Secretary Swansea University

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