Dr J. Edward Schofield
Dr J. Edward Schofield

Dr J. Edward Schofield

BA, MSc, PhD, FSA Scot

Senior Lecturer

About

G19 St Mary's Building, Department of Geography & Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen AB24 3UF, UK.

Biography

  • 2007-present: Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography & Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen; 2015-present, Adjunct Lecturer in Archaeology within the same School
  • 2004-07: PDRF, Department of Geography & Environment, University of Aberdeen
  • 2002-04: PDRA, School of Earth Sciences and Geography, Kingston University
  • 2002: RA, Wetland Archaeology and Environments Research Centre (WAERC), University of Hull
  • 1996-2001: PhD Vegetation Succession in the Humber Wetlands
  • 1995-1996: MSc Environmental Analysis & Dynamics, University of Hull
  • 1991-1994: BA (Hons) Geography, University of Hull

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Course co-ordinator for GG1510 (Global Worlds, Local Challenges)
  • Library Representative for Geography & Environment
  • Member of the Teaching Committee for Geography & Environment 
External Memberships
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot).
  • Book review editor for the international journal Environmental Archaeology.
  • Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF): Science in Scottish Archaeology panel member 2010-12 (based at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh). Contribution to the Science Report on Pollen Analysis.
Research

Research Overview

  • Reconstructing past environments (specialising in palynology)
  • Viking settlement across the North Atlantic islands, with an emphasis on the Norse colonisation of Greenland
  • Human-environment relationships through prehistory and into the late Medieval period
  • Vegetation history and plant succession in British wetlands
  • Biogeography

Current Research

I am currently pursuing interests that connect directly with the University of Aberdeen's strategic theme of The North. In this respect, my core research activities continue to focus upon the impacts of Norse settlement on the vegetation and landscapes of southwest Greenland. The colonisation (landnám) of Greenland by people of Scandinavian origin - the Norse, or 'Vikings' of popular culture - took place around AD 985 following the arrival of settlers from Iceland led by Erik the Red. Settlement continued for a period of around 400 years before the colonies collapsed for various economic, social and climatic reasons which are still being debated. My research in this field is centred upon the characterisation of signatures for Norse activity in palaeoecological records from Greenland using pollen analysis and associated proxies (such as microscopic charcoal, fungal spores, radiocarbon dating, and peat geochemistry).

 

(Above) The ruins of Hvalsey church and farm, Eastern Settlement, Greenland (June 2011, photograph by J.E.Schofield). The last definite (written) record to emerge from Norse Greenland is a letter reporting a wedding at Hvalsey church in AD 1408.

 

Funding and Grants

  • Leverhulme Trust Standard Grant (2014-17) Calving glaciers: long-term validation and evidence (CALVE) (Co-investigator)
  • AHRC Standard Grant (2014) Bennachie landscapes: investigating communities past and present at the Colony site (Co-investigator)
  • SNH 'Year of Natural Scotland' (2013) A stratigraphic survey and pollen analysis of peat deposits at Bennachie, Aberdeenshire (in collabaration with the Scottish Sculpture Workshop)
  • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (2010) The potential of the Norse Middle Settlement of Greenland for a major interdisciplinary research project (joint with Prof. K Edwards)
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Course co-ordinator for Level 1 Geography (Semester 2)

  • GG1510 Global Worlds, Local Challenges

...with teaching contributions on the following Geography modules:

  • GG1008 Global Worlds, Global Challenges
  • GG2508 Skills & Techniques in Geosciences
  • GG3069 Remote sensing and GIS
  • GG3575 Techniques in Physical Geography
  • GG4571 Environmental Change

...plus guest lectures, lab practicals and seminars for various modules in Archaeology.

Publications

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  • Land management at the bishop's seat, Garðar, medieval Greenland

    Buckland, P., Edwards, K. J., Panagiotakopulu, E., Schofield, J. E.
    Antiquity, vol. 82, no. 315
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • High resolution paleoenvironmental and chronological investigations of Norse landnám at Tasiusaq, Eastern Settlement, Greenland

    Edwards, K. J., Schofield, J. E., Mauquoy, D.
    Quaternary Research, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 1-15
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Rye area project: absolute dating radiocarbon results

    Hamilton, W. D., Schofield, J. E., Waller, M. P., Bronk Ramsey, C., van der Plicht, J.
    Dungeness and Romney Marsh. Long, A. J., Waller, M. P., Plater, A. J. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 215-225, 11 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The Rye area: pre-inundation landscape and vegetation history

    Waller, M. P., Schofield, J. E.
    Dungeness and Romney Marsh. Long, A. J., Waller, M. P., Plater, A. J. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 10-73, 64 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The Rye area: the timing of inundation and post-breach coastal evolution

    Long, A. J., Waller, M. P., Stupples, P., Schofield, J. E.
    Dungeness and Romney Marsh. Long, A. J., Waller, M. P., Plater, A. J. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 74-107, 34 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The chrono- and biostratigraphy of the natural pits on Dungeness foreland: implications for foreland evolution and vegetation history

    Waller, M. P., Schofield, J. E., Long, A. J.
    Dungeness and Romney Marsh. Long, A. J., Waller, M. P., Plater, A. J. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 155-188, 34 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Mid to late Holocene vegetation and land use history change in the Weald of south-eastern England: multiple pollen profiles from the Rye area

    Waller, M. P., Schofield, J. E.
    Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 367-384
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Modern pollen-vegetation relationships in subarctic southern Greenland and the interpretation of fossil pollen data from the Norse landnám

    Schofield, J. E., Edwards, K. J., McMullen, J. A.
    Journal of Biogeography, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 473-488
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Dungeness Foreland project: absolute dating radiocarbon results

    Meadows, J., Bayliss, A., Waller, M. P., Schofield, J. E., Bronk Ramsey, C., van der Plicht, J.
    Dungeness and Romney Marsh. Oxbow Books, pp. 226-231, 6 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The interpretation of radiocarbon dates from the upper surface of late Holocene peat layers in coastal lowlands

    Waller, M. P., Long, A. J., Schofield, J. E.
    The Holocene, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 51-61
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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