Prof Jamie Woodward - Personal details
Role: Professor of Physical Geography
Tel: 0161 275-3625
Location: Arthur Lewis Building-1.027
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
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.
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
Recent professional activity
- Author of The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction (2014) published by OUP
- Invited paper at the Geological Society of America Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 2012 in a special session dedicated to Stan Schumm (1927-2011)
- Editor of The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean (2009) published by OUP
- Consultant for BBC series Rivers (2009) with Griff Rhys Jones
- Member of International DFG Excellence Initiative Panel assessing Geoscience Research Proposals and Graduate Schools in German Universities, Bonn, 2011
- May 2007 to present: Editor of Geoarchaeology: An International Journal
- May 2001 to December 2011: Journal of the Geological Society of London. Editor for geomorphology and Quaternary environmental change and member of the editorial board
- Co-organiser, 4th International Palaeoflood Workshop, Crete (June 2007) with Aberystwyth University. Papers from that conference have been published in a special issue of Global and Planetary Change (2010): Advances in Palaeoflood Science.
- September 2010: Radio 2, Simon Mayo Show - Waterfalls!
- June 2012: Led an Ice Age Day at Manchester Grammar Junior School with Year 5 boys and gifted and talented children from local schools.