Dr Jenni Sherriff

Jenni Sherriff

Dr Jenni Sherriff

Lecturer in Physical Geography (TF)

Phone: +44 1784 276825

Educational background

PhD in Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015.

MSc in Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2010.

BSc in Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, 2009.

Personal profile

January 2019-August 2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Palaeolithic Potential of Pleistocene Deposits in England (PrePArE) Project (funded by Historic England)

July 2016-January 2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pleistocene Archaeology, Geochronology & Environments of the Southern Caucasus (PAGES) Project, University of Winchester (funded by Leverhulme Trust)

January 2011-September 2011: Research Assistant, Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB III) Project, Royal Holloway, University of London

Teaching

I teach on the following undergraduate modules:

  • GG1032 Geographical Research & Field Training I
  • GG2001 Geographical Techniques II
  • GG2021 Earth Surface Processes & Hazards
  • GG3016 Mediterranean Landscapes & Environmental Change

I also contribute to teaching on the MSc Quaternary Science course, including GG55293 Techniques in Quaternary Research and GG5232 Palaeoecology, Dating & Quantification.

Research interests

I am  Quaternary sedimentologist interested in terrestrial environment change and hominin-landscape interactions.  My research combines field and desktop-based mapping, sedimentology, micromorphology and sediment geochemistry to understand site formation processes and geomorphic evolution during the Pleistocene.  My study areas currently encompass the British Isles and the Southern Caucasus, where I am working principally on fluvial sequences and several open-air and cave Palaeolithic sites.

I am also interested in the terrestrial expression of Middle Pleistocene interglacials in these regions, in particular how stable isotopes (δ18O and δ13C) of biogenic and abiogenic carbonates can be used to reconstruct climatic changes during these warm stages.

I am currently involved in the following research projects:

  • Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherers in Northern Armenia 
  • Predicting Palaeolithic Archaeology in England – a geological mapping approach 
  • Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways and Population Dynamics in the Ararat Depression, Armenia 
  • Pleistocene environments at Oak Tree Fields, Cerney Wick 
  • Gully Cave (Ebbor Gorge) research project 

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