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Professor Chris Caseldine

Professor Chris Caseldine

Emeritus Professor

 Peter Lanyon A094


Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


Chris has an MA in Geographical Studies from University of St. Andrews (1973) and a PhD entitled Aspects of the Vegetation History of Southern Perthshire from the same university (awarded in 1980). He joined the Exeter Geography Department in 1976 as Lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1989, made a Reader in 1997 and gained his Chair in 2002. He has served terms as Head of Department and Head of School and is currently Director of Education for Geography on the Cornwall Campus having moved there fully in 2006.

Broad research specialisms:

Chris's main interests are in the field of Late Quaternary environmental change, particularly in sub-arctic/sub-alpine environments in Iceland and Norway, as well as in SW England. He also works on the impact of past human communities on the landscape, originally in Scotland, but now also in Ireland and SW England, utilising both sediments and material from archaeological sites. This research has attracted support from a range of sources including NERC, The Leverhulme Trust and The Royal Society. Chris has been Chair of both NERC radiocarbon laboratory steering committees (RCLSC and ORADS), was Chief Editor of the Journal of Quaternary Science between 2006-2010, and is currently an Associate Editor. He is also on nthe Editorial Board of Jökull, the Icelandic Journal of Earth Sciences.


MA (St Andrews)
PhD (St Andrews)

Research group links


Research projects


  • 2006
    NERC – Can radiocarbon dating chironomid head capsules increase chronological accuracy in lake sediments? (with P.Langdon, T.Higham, Oxford)
  • 2005
    149,000 Euros (£100,000)
    MILLENNIUM – EU 6th Framework grant (total grant 12.6m Euros) (with P. Langdon)

External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Chair of both radiocarbon steering committees - RCLSC and ORADS


Undergraduate modules:

  • GEO1405  Earth System Science
  • GEO2427 Atmospheres and Oceans: Past, Present and Future
  • GEO2502 Residential Fieldclass to Iceland
  • GEO3415 Issues in Climate Change

Postgraduate modules:

  • GEOM358 Understanding and Communicating Climate Change
  • GEOM367 Climate System Dynamics



Information not currently available

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Kathi Kaeselange
  • Amy Nettley
  • Tom Roland

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