As a Lecturer in Physical Geography & Climate at NUI Galway, I explore the rigours of glaciation, the vagaries of climate change, and our role as humans in the Earth system.
Since completing my PhD in 2010, I have been pursuing research in Antarctica, Greenland, & the warm bit in between. As you will see from these pages, the majority of my work is field based by design, requiring weeks-to-months in remote, often mountainous country. There, I combine geomorphology, mapping, geochemistry, & archaeology - plus much arm waving - to dig deep into our planet's past and to project its (& our) future.
Beyond the science, these places are also highly moving, psychologically. During down time, I let my mind wander the same landscapes but on a different plane, and with different tools - pens, pencils, &, watercolour. I derive my inspiration from the shapes I encounter, knowing that within even the darkest, most ancient rock face resides a history of titanic dynamism, that ice can crush, & that the forces of nature continue to shape our lives in every way imaginable. To create art, to put onto paper or canvas my own interpretation of what I see, is in some respects about paying homage to this Earth. It is tonic for the exhausted brain, too.
Finally, there is the camera. First, a 35 mm film camera, then a burly Canon 50D. Most of these images are from the field work that has taken me far & wide, including seven seasons in Antarctica, a trip to Greenland, & 15 years in the Andes. Here are images from the northern 'mid latitudes', a vast natural laboratory in which I study the causes & manifestations of abrupt climate change. Thus, from science comes art: a beautifully simple equation.
School of Geography, Archaeology, & Irish Studies
National University of Ireland Galway
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