Newly arrive PhD student Craig Frew has just won the Quaternary Research Association's Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for his project entitled A Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction of Craigie Gully, St Michaels Wood, Fife.
Craig's project was a study of early to mid-Holocene sea level change at a site on the Fife coast of Scotland. The aim of the dissertation was to contribute to the empirical evidence required to test and constrain models of relative sea level change in the North Sea region. Various field methods and laboratory analysis allowed for a chronology of the deposits preserved at the site to be developed, and their associated environmental events to be discussed. Overall, the study revealed an interesting relationship between the raised marine deposits contained within the site and their topographical constraints. The dissertation was submitted as part of the final examination for the degree of MA Honours at the University of Dundee.
Craig has just begun a PhD within the FAR programme of the University North Theme. He will be Reconstructing variations in the timing and intensity of past climate perturbations in Northern Europe during focusing on either the ‘Little Ice Age’ (LIA) or Younger Dryas (YD).