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People in the Department: Visiting Scholars

People in the Department: Visiting Scholars

The aim of a Visiting Scholar is to discuss and share ideas with another academic in our Department who works within the same, or closely related, field of interest. From this mutual collaboration may come ideas, joint publications and grant applications for future joint research projects. For stays of six months or more, we expect a short report (500 words), to be submitted by the host to the Director of Research within three months of the end of the visit, detailing the activities undertaken in Cambridge.

Our Visiting Scholars have a PhD degree, are carrying out research and looking to collaborate with academics in the Department of Geography at Cambridge while they are taking a sabbatical from their home institution. While a Visiting Scholar will have a prime point of contact - their 'host' - we hope that they will engage more widely with our research activities, through attending meetings of our Thematic Research Groups and through discussions with individual researchers in the Department. And we encourage links with researchers in other Faculties and Departments in Cambridge over the course of their stay.

The Department of Geography accepts Visiting Scholars from a wide range of backgrounds and research fields. They can be either supported by their institutions or self-funded.

We cannot provide Visiting Scholars with any help finding accommodation, setting up childcare facilities, or other personal welfare. Please note that the University of Cambridge does not provide childcare support to visitors. The University Accommodation service may be able to help with accommodation.

In order to be an academic visitor in the Department you need to be invited by a member of the Department academic staff.

Read about how to apply to be a Visiting Scholar.

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Work Permits - If you are from a non-EU country, you need to check with your British Embassy regarding the necessity of a visa and/or work permit. The Home Office has recently changed its rules for visitors and has not yet provided a specific new channel through which a potential visitor may apply.

Current Visiting Scholars in the Department:

Dr Nicholas Blegen, collaborating with Prof Christine Lane

Research: My research as part of the "Ashes of Our Ancestors" project, in collaboration with Prof. Christine Lane, focuses on modern human evolution through the studies of volcanic glass (obsidian) and volcanic ash layers (tephra) from the last 500,000 years in East Africa. My geochemical sourcing of obsidian artefacts shows that our human ancestors from at least 400,000 years ago regularly transported obsidian distances between 50 and 250 km. To establish a chronology of geographic matching scale, I use chemical analysis of volcanic ashes dispersed across East Africa. This work has documented many widespread ash layers, some found across an area of over hundreds of thousands of square kilometres and correlating across several East African rift basins. These tephras thus provide the chronological and stratigraphic context with which to characterise past landscape environments relating to human behaviour across large geographic areas commensurate with the scope of human interactions documented by raw material sourcing.

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Dr Douglas Clark, collaborating with Dr Chris Sandbrook

Research: Douglas Clark is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Clark's research programme investigates wildlife co-management and governance in the Arctic under conditions of rapid biological change. Current projects focus on community-identified interests in polar bear-human conflicts and grizzly bear range expansion across the Canadian Arctic. Dr. Clark is also adjunct faculty at Yukon College and Queen's University (Kingston, ON), and prior to becoming an academic he spent a decade with Parks Canada, primarily as a National Park Warden.

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Dr Kari De Pryck, collaborating with Prof Mike Hulme

Research: Kari De Pryck is a visiting postdoctoral fellow from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Her research focuses on the production of expert knowledge in international and intergovernmental institutions. Her project funded by the FNSF investigates the production of consensus in the preparation of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), with a focus on the assessment of climate policies in WG III.

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Prof Timothy Osborn, collaborating with Prof Ulf Büntgen

Research: Tim Osborn is a Professor of Climate Science and the Research Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He leads the continued development of key climate datasets including the land component of the joint UEA - Met Office global temperature record (HadCRUT). His research includes understanding climate variability and change prior to the instrumental period (e.g. using tree-ring datasets), during the instrumental period (e.g. precipitation extremes), and for the future (e.g. projections obtained by pattern-scaling of climate model simulations).

Dr Tobias Scheidegger, collaborating with Prof Matthew Gandy

Research: (Details to follow)