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Catherine Martin-Jones BSc MPhil PhD

Catherine Martin-Jones BSc MPhil PhD

Research Associate

I am a geochemist and geochronologist. I use volcanic ash layers to explore environmental and volcanic hazards in eastern Africa.

Biography

Career

  • June 2017 - April 2019: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
  • 2012-2016: PhD Candidate in Geochemistry, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Qualifications

  • 2012-2016: NERC funded PhD Geochemistry, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
  • 2011-2012: MPhil Analytical Geochemistry, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
  • 2008-2011: BSc (Hons) Environmental Earth Science, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Research

I use tephrochronology to investigate diverse research themes, including palaeoclimate, hominin evolution, volcanic hazards and magma genesis. Specifically, my research focuses on lake sediment tephra records from eastern Africa.

My research in Ethiopia uses lake sediments to catalogue the timing, frequency and magnitude of Holocene eruptions at Earth's least studied peralkaline volcanoes.

Currently, I am a NERC funded Research Associate to the ICDP DeepCHALLA project. This work will produce a high-precision tephra framework for the < 250 ka Lake Challa (Kenya/Tanzania) archive, with which to test the timing of megadroughts in Tropical Africa.

Publications

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Teaching

  • Supervisor for Environmental Change during the Quaternary (IA), The Earth (IA), Quaternary Climates and Environments (II), Volcanology (II)
  • Lab and field demonstrator for Geographical Skills and Methods (IA)
  • Teaching assistant for Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University (2011-2017)