Welsh Crucible 2013
Helen gained her PhD from the University of Liverpool, studying a topic which combined physical geography, physics and chemistry. Her postdoctoral work was conducted at the Universities of Durham (Archaeology Department), Exeter (Geography Department), and then Aberystwyth (Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences). In 2005, she secured a lectureship at Aberystwyth University, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009. Helen’s core research area involves the development and application of luminescence techniques to date sedimentary deposits, and hence to determine rates of environmental change. Her previous research collaborations have involved both Higher Education and the Public Sector, and include collaborations with physical geographers, geologists, archaeologists, physicists, climate modellers, the creative arts and humanities. Helen is keen to develop her work on the pure and applied aspects of luminescence research, and in environmental change, but also to explore collaborations in areas she never previously anticipated.
2016 Update: Helen has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.