Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Prof. Kevin Edwards

Department / group: Department of Geography and Environment, School of Geosciences
Personal URL: Not available

Research interests:


Environmental and anthropogenic change in the North Atlantic region

Mesolithic (hunter-gatherer) impacts on vegetation in Scotland

Long-term vegetation and environmental change in the Western and Northern Isles of Scotland

Tephropalynological studies

Environmental archaeology

The above are pursued within the context of the Environmental Change sub-group of the Environmental Processes and Change Research Cluster of the Department.

Career history:

DSc, ‘Studies in Quaternary, Geographical and Archaeological Science’, University of St Andrews, 2014

REF 2014: Panel member for Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology, UK Research Excellence Framework

Christensen Fellow, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 2012

133rd Rhind Lecturer, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland/Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2012

Member of Academia Europaea, 2012

Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, since 2012

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall and Visiting Scholar, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 2011-2012

RAE 2008: Panel member for Geography and Environmental Studies, UK Research Assessment Exercise

Adjunct Professor in Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, since 2007

Visiting Researcher, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, 2007-09

Adjunct Professor in the Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate School, PhD Program in Anthropology, The City University of New York, since 2002

Research Associate, the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute/Hutton Institute, since 2002

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2002

Founder Member and Research Associate, Northern Studies Centre, Aberdeen Research Consortium, 2000

Professor in Physical Geography, University of Aberdeen, since 2000

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, 1999

Professor of Palaeoecology, Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield, 1994-2000, Head of Department 1996-1999

Honorary Research Associate, Limnological Research Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1983

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biogeography, Reader in Palaeoecology, School of Geography, University of Birmingham, 1980-94

Lecturer in Environmental Reconstruction, Department of Geography, Management Committee and Research Member of the Palaeoecology Centre (Departments of Archaeology, Botany, Geography), The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1975-80

PhD, ‘Palaeoenvironmental and Archaeological Investigations in the Howe of Cromar, Grampian Region, Scotland’, University of Aberdeen, 1978

Active research projects:

Landscapes circum-Landnám: Viking settlement in the North Atlantic and its human and ecological consequences

Footprints on the edge of Thule: landscapes of Norse-indigenous interaction

Pre-agricultural landscape impacts (erosion, fire and vegetational change) and woodland status in western Scotland (including the Inner and Outer Hebrides) and the Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland)

Lateglacial environments in Scotland, including oxygen isotope studies

Soil pollution on the remote Scottish islands

The antiquity and environmental signatures of ancient tin mining in SW Britain

Reconstructing 8000 years of environmental and landscape change in the Cairngorms

Viking Unst

Recent publications:

Ledger, PM., Edwards, KJ. & Schofield, JE. (2016). ‘The biogeographical status of Alnus crispa (Ait.) Pursch in sub-Arctic southern Greenland: do pollen records indicate local populations during the past 1500 years?’. Polar Biology, vol 39, no. 3, pp. 433-441.

Ledger, PM., Edwards, KJ. & Schofield, JE. (2015). ‘Taphonomy or signal sensitivity in palaeoecological investigations of Norse landnám in Vatnahverfi, southern Greenland?’. Boreas, vol 44, no. 1, pp. 197-215.

Blockley, SPE., Edwards, KJ., Schofield, JE., Pyne-O’Donnell, SDF., Jensen, BJL., Matthews, IP., Cook, GT., Wallace, KL. & Froese, D. (2015). ‘First evidence of cryptotephra in palaeoenvironmental records associated with Norse occupation sites in Greenland’. Quaternary Geochronology, vol 27, pp. 145-157.

Golding, KA., Simpson, IA., Wilson, CA., Lowe, EC., Schofield, JE. & Edwards, KJ. (2015). ‘Europeanization of sub-arctic environments: perspectives from Norse Greenland’s outer fjords’. Human Ecology, vol 43, no. 1, pp. 61-77.

Edwards, KJ., Fyfe, RM., Hunt, CO. & Schofield, JE. (2015). ‘Moving forwards? Palynology and the human dimension’. Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 56, pp. 117-132.

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