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Steve Boreham, BSc PhD

Steve Boreham, BSc PhD

Senior Technical Officer [Geographical Services Officer]

Ecologist, Geologist & Palynologist with a special interest in Quaternary, Biogeography, Coastal, Geochemical and Forensic studies

  • Overall management and supervision of the Geography Science Laboratories & Field Equipment Service
  • Overall management and supervision of the Geography Buildings and Health & Safety
  • Budgetary control for equipment and consumables
  • Implementation of health & safety, and security policy
  • Expertise in fieldwork logistics, and in data analysis and interpretation
  • Teaching of field and laboratory content in graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Secretary of the Laboratories & Fieldwork Resources Committee
  • Member of the Safety, Security and Working Environment Committee

Biography

Steve is a Senior Technical Officer and the Geographical Services Officer for the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The role oversees the Geography Science Laboratories, the Field Equipment Service, Buildings Management and Health & Safety.

Steve has taught, carried out research and managed laboratories in various departments within the University of Cambridge for almost 30 years.

Before this, Steve managed laboratories and organised field excursions at Queen's College, London, was a geology and ecology tutor at the Epping Forest Conservation Centre (now the Epping Forest Centre), and carried out freshwater pollution research at North East London Polytechnic (now University of East London).

Steve was educated at St. John's School, Epping, Essex, where he gained four 'A' levels in science subjects. He then came to Cambridge to study a modular science degree at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University). After specialising in geology and ecology he gained a BSc Science (Hons) degree 2:1.

Throughout 1998 and 1999 Steve studied and obtained qualifications on NEBS certificated basic and advanced staff management skills course.

Between 1995 and 2002, Steve studied part-time for an Open University PhD entitled: "The Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Cambridge District".

Experience

I am a geologist and ecologist with more than 35 years experience working in the UK. I have more than 30 years experience of undertaking geological, ecological and forensic fieldwork in a variety of environments, often in adverse conditions. I have taught undergraduate and graduate field courses in East Anglia for more than two decades. I have considerable experience of field survey and sampling techniques including manual and mechanical borehole drilling, section logging, Ground Penetrating Radar, Leica GNSS (SmartNet), dGPS, Total Station and laser scanning. I also have expertise in a wide variety of laboratory analytical techniques, including geochemistry (ICP, IC, electro-chemistry, UV-VIS spectrometry), laser particle size analysis, loss-on-ignition, magnetic susceptibility & pollen/diatom/macrofossil analysis. I have regularly taught these laboratory techniques to undergraduates and graduates for more than two decades. In addition, I regularly process LIDAR and other survey data, and teach both simple and multivariate statistical techniques. In the past, I have worked on a variety of forensic cases and have appeared as an expert witness in court on several occasions. More recently, I have been exploring the use of drones (UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles) in ecological and geological survey work.

Research

  • The Quaternary geology of Britain
  • The Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Cambridge District
  • Geochemistry as a preservation indicator in Archaeological deposits
  • The changing flora, fauna and sedimentation of the East Anglian coast
  • Drainage development, thermokarst activity and periglacial landscape change
  • Three-dimensional landscape modelling and data manipulation
  • Woodland ecology, methodology and urban wildlife
  • Lichens as air pollution indicators
  • Freshwater macro-invertebrates as pollution indicators and freshwater ecology
  • Geology, ecology, hydrology & management of Chalk springs

Other activities

  • Application to The Junction multimedia studio for a project entitled 'Time Machine Cambridge'.
  • Application to COPUS (British Association) for funds to produce a museum display entitled; 'Unseen Cambridge: Geology beneath your feet'
  • Cambridge Geology: TV appearance on Anglia TV's 'A Brush with the Past'
  • Coring at Hockham Mere: TV appearance on 'Ray Mears Wild Food'
  • TV appearance on 'Country File'
  • Ground Penetrating Radar: TV appearance on 'The One Show'
  • The ecology of Coldwater Chalk springs in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire
  • Forensic palynology and soil analysis
  • The changing flora, fauna and sedimentation of the Norfolk coast

Publications

Listed by area of research.

Quaternary geology of Britain

  • West, R.G., Gibbard, P.L., Boreham, S., & Rolfe, C. 2014. Geology and geomorphology of the Palaeolithic site at High Lodge, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/pygs2014-347. Published Online: 00 November 2014.
  • Boreham, S. & Rolfe C. J. 2014. Evidence for a talus rock glacier in western Exmoor, North Devon, UK. Quaternary Newsletter, 134, 4-18.
  • Langford, H.E., Boreham, S., Coope, G. R., Fletcher, W., Horne, D. J., Keen, D. H., Mighall, T., Penkman, K. E. H, Schreve, D. C. & Whittaker, J. E. 2014. Palaeoecology of a late MIS 7 interglacial deposit from eastern England. Quaternary International, 341, 27-45.
  • Langford, H.E., Boreham, S., Briant, H.E., Coope, G. R., Horne, D. J., Schreve, D. C., Whittaker, J. E., Whitehouse, N. J. 2014. Middle to Late Pleistocene palaeoecological reconstructions and palaeotemperature estimates for cold/cool stage deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England. Quaternary International, 342, 6-26.
  • Briant, R. M., Bates, M. R., Boreham, S., Coope, G. R., De Schepper. S., Field, M. H., Wenban-Smith, F. F., Whittaker, J. E. 2013. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from a decalcified interglacial sequence in the former Solent River system at St. Leonard's Farm, Hampshire, England. Quaternary Newsletter, 130, 23-40. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Boreham, S. 2013. The Geology of the Wicken Vision Area, lower Cam valley, Cambridgeshire, UK. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences — Geologie en Mijnbouw, 92-1, 47-59.
  • Gibbard, P. L., West, R. G., Boreham, S. & Rolfe, C. J. 2012. Late Middle Pleistocene ice-marginal sedimentation in East Anglia, England. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences — Geologie en Mijnbouw, 91(1-2), 63-78.
  • Gibbard, P. L., Boreham, S., West, R. G. & Rolfe, C. J. 2012. Late Middle Pleistocene glaciofluvial sedimentation in western Norfolk, England. Boreas, 41(3), 319-336.
  • Leszczynska, K., Boreham, J. & Boreham, S. 2012. A novel methodological approach for thin-section description and its application to periglacially disturbed Pleistocene deposits from Danbury, Essex, UK. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences — Geologie en Mijnbouw, 90-4, 271 - 291.
  • Gao, C. and Boreham, S., 2011. Ipswichian (Eemian) floodplain deposits and terrace stratigraphy in the lower Great Ouse and Cam valleys, southern England, UK. Boreas, 40, 303-319.
  • Gibbard, P. L., Boreham, S., Andrews, J. E. and Maher, B. A. 2010. Sedimentation, geochemistry and palaeomagnetism of the West Runton Freshwater Bed, Norfolk, England. Quaternary International, 228, 8-20.
  • Gibbard, P. L., Boreham, S., Andrews, J. E. and Maher, B. A. 2010. Sedimentation, geochemistry and palaeomagnetism of the West Runton Freshwater Bed, Norfolk, England. Quaternary International, 228, 8-20.
  • Leszczynska, K., Gibbard, P., Boreham, S., Hughes, P. 2010. Osady strefy marginalnej zlodowacenia angielskiego w rejonie Danbury-Tiptree, Essex, Wielka Brytania. POKOS'4 - Treazniejszosc kluczem do przeszlosci. Wspolczesne pracesy sedymentacyjne i ich zapis kopalny. IV Polska konferencja sedymentologiczna, Smoldzino, 21-26 czerwca 2010 r, 26-27.
  • Boreham, S., White, T. S., Bridgland, D. R., Howard, A. J. and White, M. J., 2010. The Quaternary history of the Wash fluvial network, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 121, 393-409.
  • Boreham, S. & Rolfe, C. J. 2009. Holocene, Weichselian Late-glacial and earlier Pleistocene deposits of the upper Cam valley at the Hinxton Genome Campus, Cambridgeshire, UK. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences — Geologie en Mijnbouw, 88-2, 117 - 125.
  • Gibbard, P. L., Moscariello A., Bailey, H. W., Boreham, S., Koch, C., Lord, A. R., Whittaker, J. E. & Whiteman, C. A. 2008, Comment: Middle Pleistocene sedimentation at Pakefield, Suffolk, England. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23(1), 85-92.
  • Gibbard, P. L., Pasanen, A., West, R. G., Lunkka, J., Boreham, S., Cohen, K. M., Rolfe, C. J., 2009, Late Middle Pleistocene glaciation in East Anglia, England. Boreas, 38, 504-528.
  • Gibbard, P. L., West, R. G., Pasanen, A., Wymer, J. J., Boreham, S., Cohen, K. M., Rolfe, C. J., 2008. Pleistocene geology of the Palaeolithic sequence at Redhill, Thetford, Norfolk, England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 119, 175-192.
  • Briant, R. M., Gibbard, P. L., Boreham, S., Coope, G. R., Preece, R. C., 2008 Limits to resolving catastrophic events in the Quaternary fluvial record: a case study from the Nene valley, Northamptonshire, UK. In: Gallagher, K., Jones, S. J. & Wainwright, J. (Eds.) Landscape Evolution: Denudation, Climate and Tectonics Over Different Time and Space Scales. Geological Society, London. Special Publications, 296, 79-104.
  • Gibbard, P.L., Cohen, K.M., Boreham, S. & Moscariello, A. 2007. Global chronostratigraphical correlation table for the last 2.7 million years. Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, International Commission on Stratigraphy: Cambridge.
  • Gao, C. Boreham, S., Preece, R.C., Gibbard, P.L., Briant R.M. 2007 Fluvial response to rapid climate change during the Devensian (Weichselian) Lateglacial in the River Great Ouse, southern England, UK.Sedimentary Geology, 202, 193-210.
  • Langford, H. E. , Bateman, M. D. , Penkman, K. E. H. , Boreham, S., Briant, R. M. , Coope G. R. & Keen D. H. 2007 Age-estimate evidence for Middle–Late Pleistocene aggradation of River Nene 1st Terrace deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 118, 283–300.
  • Langford, H. E. & Boreham, S. 2007 Pleistocene Drainage Development of the English Midlands: a comment on Belshaw, Smith and Hackney (2005, 2006). Quaternary Newsletter 111: 36-41. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Boreham, S. & Langford H. E. The Milton Formation and Late Cenozoic drainage development of the English Midlands: A comment on Belshaw, Hackney & Smith (2005). Quaternary Newsletter, 108, 14-23. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Gibbard, P.L., Boreham, S., Cohen, K.M. & Moscariello, A. 2005 Global chronostratigraphical correlation table for the last 2.7 million years. Boreas 34, 1 (inclusion).
  • Gibbard, P.L., Cohen, K.M., Boreham, S. & Moscariello, A. 2004. Global chronostratigraphical correlation table for the last 2.7 million years. Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, Cambridge.
  • In: Langford, H. E. & Briant, R. M. (Eds.) (2004) Nene Valley Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association.
    • Langford, H. E., Bateman, M. D., Boreham, S., Coope, G. R., Fletcher, W., Green, C. P., Keen, D. H., Mighall, T., Rolfe, C. J. & Schreve, D. C. (2004) Funtham's Lane East.
    • Langford, H. E., Boreham, S., Merry, J., Rolfe, C. J. & Schreve, D. C. (2004). Channels C & D at Bradley Fen.
    • Langford, H. E., Bateman, M. D., Boreham, S., Knudsen, K.-L., Merry, J. & Penney, D. (2004) King's Dyke
  • Betts, R. T. & Boreham, S. (2004) 'Evidence For A New Hoxnian Interglacial Site At School Field, Tednambury, Hertfordshire'. Quaternary Newsletter, 104, 2-11. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Boreham, S. (2004) 'The Structure and Formation of the Wandlebury Area' Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society XCIII: 5-8.
  • Briant R. M., Coope G. R., Preece R. C., Keen D. H., Boreham S., Griffiths, H. I., Seddon M. B. & Gibbard P. L. (2004) 'Fluvial system response to Late Devensian (Weichselian) aridity, Baston, Lincolnshire, England.' Journal of Quaternary Science, 19(5): 479-495.
  • Boreham, S. (2004) Holocene (Flandrian) organic deposits preserved in a lowland alder carr fen at Millpond Wood, Sevenoaks, Kent. Quaternary Newsletter, 102, 5-9. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Moorlock, B. S. P., Sumbler, M. G., Woods, M. A. & Boreham, S. (2003) Geology of the Biggleswade district.British Geological Survey. NERC.
  • Moorlock, B. S. P., Boreham, S., Woods, M. A. & Sumbler, M. G. (2003) Geology of the Saffron Walden district.British Geological Survey. NERC.
  • Gao, C., Keen, D. H., Boreham, S., Coope, G. R., Pettit, M. E., Stuart, A. J., Gibbard, P. L. (2000) Last Interglacial and Devensian deposits of the River Great Ouse at Woolpack Farm, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, UK. Quaternary Science Reviews 19, 787-810.
  • Boreham, S., Field, M.H. and Gibbard, P.L. (1999)'Middle Pleistocene interglacial sediments at Tye Green, Stansted Airport, Essex, England.' Journal of Quaternary Science 14(3), 207-222.
  • Bridgland, D. R., Field, M. H., Holmes, J. A., McNabb, J., Preece, R. C., Selby, I, Wymer, J. J., Boreham, S., Irving, B. G., Parfitt, S. A., Stuart, A. J. (1999) 'Middle Pleistocene interglacial Thames-medway deposits at Clacton-on-Sea, England: Reconsideration of the biostratigraphical and environmental context of the type Clactonian industry' Quaternary Science Reviews 18, 109-146.
  • Langford, H. & Boreham, S. (1998) 'Buried channel deposits at March, Cambridgeshire, Eastern England.' Quaternary Newsletter 86: 8-16. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Boreham, S. (1997) 'Holocene (Flandrian) organic deposits preserved in an icing hollow at Bardfield Bridge, Borley, Essex.' Quaternary Newsletter 82: 9-14. Quaternary Research Association.
  • Gibbard, P.L., Boreham S. & Roe, H.M. (1996) Middle Pleistocene lacustrine deposits in eastern Essex, England and their palaeogeographic implications. Journal of Quaternary Science, 11(4), 281-298.
  • Boreham S. & Gibbard, P.L. (1995) Middle Pleistocene Hoxnian Stage interglacial deposits at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 106, 259-270.
  • Boreham S. & West, R. G. (1993) Late Quaternary sediments with Chara encrustations in southern Fenland. Geological Magazine, 130(4), 543-544.
  • Bennett, K. D. Boreham, S., Sharp, M. J. and Switsur, V. R. (1992) Holocene history of environment, vegetation and human settlement on Catta Ness, Lunnasting, Shetland. Journal of Ecology, 80, 241-273.

Coastal environments

  • Brooks, S. M., Spencer, T. & Boreham, S. 2012. Deriving mechanisms and thresholds for cliff retreat in soft-rock cliffs under changing climates: Rapidly retreating cliffs of the Suffolk coast, UK. Geomorphology, 153-154, 48-60.

Forensic Science

Thermokarst activity and periglacial landscape change

Three-dimensional landscape modelling and data manipulation

Lichens as air pollution indicators

Freshwater macro-invertebrates as pollution indicators and freshwater ecology:

Archaeology & preservation status geochemistry

  • Boreham, S., Boreham, J. and Rolfe, C. J. 2011 Physical and Chemical Analyses of sediments from around Star Carr as Indicators of Preservation. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 11, 20-35.
  • Boreham, S., Conneller, C., Milner, N., Taylor, B., Needham, A., Boreham, J. and Rolfe, C. J. 2011 Geochemical Indicators of Preservation Status and Site Deterioration at Star Carr. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 2833-2857.
  • Malim, T., Boreham, S., Knight, D., Nash, G., Preece, R. C., Schwenninger, J. 2010 The Environmental and Social Context of the Isleham Hoard. The Antiquaries Journal 90:73 - 130.
  • Boreham, S. and Peachey, M. (2009) Fengate West: Stratigraphy, pollen analysis and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. In: Fengate Revisited (Ed. Evans C.) Cambridge Archaeological Unit landscape Archive Series: Historiography and Landscape (No.1). Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Cambridge.
  • Beresford-Jones, D., Lewis, H. & Boreham, S. 2009 Linking cultural and environmental change in Peruvian prehistory: Geomorphological survey of the Samaca Basin, Lower Ica Valley, Peru. Catena Volume 78, Issue 3, 234-249
  • Evans, C., Edmonds, M. & Boreham, S. 2006 'Total Archaeology' and Model Landscapes: Excavation of the Great Wilbraham Causewayed Enclosure, Cambridgeshire, 1975-76. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 72: 113-162.

Other research: geology, ecology, methodology and urban wildlife

External activities

  • Member of the Quaternary Research Association
  • Forensic Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geological Consultant
  • Trustee of the Hobson's Conduit Trust
  • Member of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Member of the Wicken Vision Committee
  • Geological SSSI representative for Natural England