- 1994–1998 PhD in Geography, University of Durham, UK
- 1989–1992 BA Honors in Geography, University of Liverpool, UK
- 2017–present Professor, Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- 2013–2017 Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, USA
- 2004–2013 Associate and Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- 1998–2004 Lecturer in Geography and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK
- American Geophysical Union
- American Quaternary Association
- British Ecological Society
- Cushman Foundation
- Geological Society of America
- Linnean Society
- Micropaleontological Society
- Quaternary Research Association
Service to the community
- 2016-2020 AMQUA Council as a Councilor for Marine Geoprocesses
- 2016-present European Geosciences Union awards and medal committee
- 2014-present Associate Editor of Anthropocene
- 2014-present Associate Editor of Current Climate Change Reports
- 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017 Guest Editor of a Quaternary Science Reviews Special Publications
- 2008-2014 Associate Editor of Journal of Foraminiferal Research
- 2010-present Member of the PALSEA (PALeo-constraints on SEA-level rise) steering committee
- 2011-present Advisory board member of International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA)’s Commission for Coastal and Marine Processes
- 2011-2013 Contributing Author (CA) to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (5AR) Working Group I and Expert Reviewer for Working Group III
- 2010-2014 Project leader of International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 588 ‘Preparing for coastal change: A detailed process-response framework for coastal change at different timescales’
- 2010-2014 Scientific advisor to The Future Ocean research of the German Research Foundation
- 2009-2013 Member of the Review Panel for the Helmholtz Program Geosystem: the changing Earth
- 2008 Joint Chair of American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biennial Meeting ‘Quaternary Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions and Landscape Responses’
- 2006 Joint Convener of the Geological Society of America’s Pardee Keynote Symposia Holocene Sea-level Change in North America: A Post-Katrina Assessment
- 2011-2012 Committee member of the National Research Council, USA for Sea Level Rise in California, Oregon, and Washington
- 2015 New Jersey Sea Level Rise Projections Panel
- 2015 Delaware Sea Level Rise Projections Panel
- 2013 Maryland Sea Level Rise Projections Update Panel
Honours and Awards:
- 2016-2020 Councilor for Marine Geoprocesses for the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
- 2016 Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union
- 2014 Voyager Award of the American Geophysical Union
- 2014 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science
- 2013 Fellow of the Geological Society of America
- 2012 Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania
- 2010 Medal for Research Excellence by the Commanding General of the North Atlantic Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- 2007 The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award of the Geological Society of America
- 2004 Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK
- 2004 The Linnean Society (UK) Award for contributions to biological diversity and evolution
- 2003 The Higher Education Funding Council for England Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2001 Menzies Australian Bicentennial Award for promoting scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia
The Holocene evolution of the Humber estuary: reconstructing change in a dynamic environment.. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 97-118. (2000).
Reconstructing Holocene rates of tidal sedimentation using a diatom-based transfer function approach: the Tees estuary, north-east England. . The Holocene. 10(4), 441-452. (2000).
Sediment provenance and flux in the Tees estuary: the record from the Late Devensian to the present. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 171-195. (2000).
Analysis and interpretation of Holocene Sedimentary sequences: techniques applied in the Humber Estuary. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 9-39. (2000).
Holocene isostasy and relative sea-level changes on the east coast of England. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 275-298. (2000).
Late Quaternary sea-level changes, crustal movements and coastal evolution in Northumberland. Journal of Quaternary Science. 15(3), 215-237. (2000).
Modelling western North Sea palaeogeographies and tidal changes during the Holocene. Geological Society Special Publication. 166, 299-319. (2000).
The contemporary distribution of intertidal foraminifera of Cowpen Marsh, Tees Estuary, UK: implications for studies of Holocene sea-level changes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 149(1-4), 127-149. (1999).
UK intertidal foraminiferal distributions: implications for sea-level studies. Marine Micropaleontology. 36(4), 205-223. (1999).
Diatom-based tidal-level transfer functions as an aid in reconstructing Quaternary history of sea-level movements in Britain. Journal of Quaternary Science. 14(2), 153-167. (1999).
Quantitative Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction techniques in Sea-level Studies. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 29(2), 117-129. (1999).
Diatom zones across intertidal flats and coastal saltmarshes in Britain. Diatom Research. 13(2), 375-394. (1998).