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I completed my PhD looking at Holocene relative sea level change in 2004. I took a research/teaching position at Exeter University for two years and then moved to Coventry University in 2006 as a permanent lecturer.

My research interests and publications are mainly based around the use of diatoms and sediments for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, predominantly from coastal sites containing Holocene sediments. I have also worked in lacustrine environments with a number of colleagues using diatoms as a proxy for lake level change and charting climate and environmental change within lake basin catchments.

My current research focus is on the threat and causes of tsunami around the UK, global sea level response to ice sheet decay and rapid climate changes/periodicity within the Holocene. I am currently conducting fieldwork alongside a number of archaeologists in Scotland who are trying to elucidate the prevailing environments throughout the Mesolithic through to the middle ages for a number of key historic and archaeologically significant locations.

Research Interests

Sedimentology; Coastal Change; Climate Change; Tsunami Hazards; Sea Level Change; Quaternary Environments

Vision Statement

The subject of climate change is paramount to our understanding of future human and environmental systems. Within this large arena of scientific research, sea level changes in the past and the present affect all of the world’s coastline. The geological record of coastal change since the last glacial period is punctuated by rapid alterations in the sea surface, and as such, a better understanding of this phenomenon is required in order to plan for our future.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Coventry University

Degree, Coventry University

External positions

External Examiner, Plymouth University

1 Sep 20161 Sep 2020

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sea level change Earth & Environmental Sciences
Holocene Earth & Environmental Sciences
tsunami Earth & Environmental Sciences
coast Earth & Environmental Sciences
sedimentology Earth & Environmental Sciences
radiocarbon dating Earth & Environmental Sciences
dune Earth & Environmental Sciences
continental margin Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2019

  • 280 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
7 Citations (Scopus)
20 Downloads (Pure)

Quaternary Sea Level Change in Scotland

Smith, D., Barlow, N., Bradley, S., Firth, C., Hall, A., Jordan, J. & Long, D., Mar 2019, In : Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 110, 1-2, p. 219-256 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sea level change

Holocene relative sea level changes and coastal evolution at Luce Bay, South West Scotland

Smith, D., Tipping, R. & Jordan, J., 10 Nov 2018, (Submitted) In : Journal of Quaternary Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Relative sea-level change and experiencing the Droughduill Mound

Tipping, R., Smith, D. & Jordan, J., 2015, A Neolithic Ceremonial Complex in Galloway: Excavations at Dunragit and Droughduil, 1999–2002. Thomas, J. (ed.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 104-109

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

sea level change
2 Citations (Scopus)

Reconstructing battles and battlefields: Scientific solutions to historical problems at Bannockburn, Scotland

Tipping, R., Cook, G., Mauquoy, D., Beresford, A., Hamilton, D., Harrison, J. G., Jordan, J. T., Ledger, P., Morrison, S., Paterson, D., Russell, N. & Smith, D., 2014, In : Landscapes. 15, 2, p. 119-131

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
radiocarbon dating
17 Downloads (Pure)

The Geoarchaeology of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes: Book Reviews

Jordan, J., 5 May 2014, In : Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology. 19, 2, p. 176

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
book review

Activities 2004 2013

  • 5 Participation in conference

All at Sea

Jason Jordan (Speaker)
9 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

INQUA 2011

Jason Jordan (Speaker)
8 Aug 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Sea-level Changes: the Science of a Changing World

Jason Jordan (Speaker)
8 Aug 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

IGCP 588/INQUA Coastal and Marine Processes Commission, 2010

Jason Jordan (Speaker)
5 May 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

NW Scotland. Aeolian Archaeology Conference

Jason Jordan (Speaker)
5 May 2004

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference