Alex Clark

Alex Clark

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Profile Display Name:

Alex Clark

E-mail Address:

alexander.clark.2015@live.rhul.ac.uk

Start Year

2021 (Cohort 8)

Research interests:

Quaternary palaeoclimatology
Glaciers and ice sheets
Tephrochronology

Hobbies and interests:

Piano
Saxophone
Mapping
Gaming

PhD Project
PhD Title

Multiproxy reconstruction of NE Irish Ice Sheet dynamics during the Late Glacial

Research Theme

Past Life and Environments

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

RHUL

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

RHUL

CASE Partner

British Geological Survey (BGS)

CASE Supervisor

Magret Damaschke

Additional supervisor(s)

Sam Roberson (Geological Survey of Northern Ireland),
Magret Damaschke (British Geological Survey),

Abstract

The last British-Irish Ice Sheet (BIIS) is an excellent analogue for the vast ice masses currently occupying Antarctica and Greenland. Reconstructions of the BIIS therefore have the potential to inform us of future trajectories of large-scale ice mass loss. However, large gaps in our knowledge of major ice (re)advance and retreat in a rapidly shifting climate still hinder the efficacy of the BIIS as a comprehensive predictor of future deglaciation elsewhere in the world. To fill these gaps, the ambition of this project is to understand the role of climatic, sea-level, and internal drivers related to ice sheet stability and ice divide migration in the north-western sector of the BIIS. We will develop a brand new geomorphological understanding of little understood (re)advances of ice in Northern Ireland by employing unparalleled 0.4 m resolution digital elevation models. This will contextualise a new chronology for this area using radiocarbon and cosmogenic nuclide dating campaigns, and the first tephrostratigraphic framework for the Late Glacial in Ireland. This high-resolution multiproxy approach will allow us to date and directly compare rates of deglaciation across Ireland and Britain, providing new insights into the timing and drivers of ice-mass recession critical for improving BIIS models.

Policy Impact
Background Reading
  • Clark, C.D. et al. (2022) ‘Growth and retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet, 31 000 to 15 000 years ago: the BRITICE-CHRONO reconstruction’
  • McCabe, A.M. and Williams, G.D. (2012) ‘Timing of the East Antrim Coastal Readvance: phase relationships between lowland Irish and upland Scottish ice sheets during the Last Glacial Termination’
  • Lowe, J.J. et al. (2004) ‘A coherent high-precision radiocarbon chronology for the Late-glacial sequence at Sluggan Bog, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland’
  • Grants and awards
    • NEIF Cosmogenic Nuclide Grant – National Environmental Isotope Facility
    Publications

    None

    Activities
    Conferences and Workshops
    • Correlating Distal Tephra: Methodological Challenges and Sollutions (April 2022). Speed Talk: New cryptotephra investigations on the Antrim Plateau, Northern Ireland.
    • Joint DTP Conference 2022 (September 2022). Poster: New perspectives of glacial landscapes in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    • British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting (September 2022). Poster: New perspectives of glacial landscapes in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    • IQUA Spring Meeting (March 2023). Poster: High-resolution glacial geomorphology of the Antrim Plateau, northeast Ireland.
    • INQUA Roma 2023 (July 2023). Poster: Towards a High-Resolution Palaeo-Ice Sheet Reconstruction on the Antrim Plateau, Northeast Ireland.
    • Irish Geological Research Meeting 2023 (March 2023). Poster: High-resolution glacial geomorphology of the Antrim Plateau, northeast Ireland.
    Training courses
    • Geochronology, hosted by SUERC. May 2022
    • Data Management, hosted by British Geological Survey. November 2022
    • Wester Ross Field Meeting, hosted by Quaternary Research Association. May 2023

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