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Dr Rachel Harding

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Faculty/Dept/School School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)


Rachel is a geoscientist with 10-years’ seismic interpretation experience including a PhD from the University of Manchester (2015). Rachel’s doctoral research focused on the earliest Quaternary southern North Sea, using seismic geomorphology to understanding sea level and environmental change. It was during the PhD that Rachel developed a passion for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using geophysical and borehole data.Rachel has also recently spent time working in the charity sector, working on engaging business and local government in climate change education.As part of the Lost Frontiers Project, Rachel will be interpreting a range of geophysical data from the Irish Sea and North Sea aiding the reconstruction of Holocene landscapes and their subsequent marine inundation. Rachel has always had a keen interest in archaeology and recognises the importance of understanding submerged landscapes and communicating the story of their human inhabitants in a time when coastal areas of the UK are at risk of sea level rise due to climate change.


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleThe early quaternary north sea basin (2018)
AuthorsLamb R.;Harding R.;Huuse M.;Stewart M.;Brocklehurst S.
JournalJournal of the Geological Society
TitleExtensive marine-terminating ice sheets in Europe from 2.5 million years ago. (2018)
AuthorsRea BR;Newton AMW;Lamb RM;Harding R;Bigg GR;Rose P;Spagnolo M;Huuse M;Cater JML;Archer S;Buckley F;Halliyeva M;Huuse J;Cornwell DG;Brocklehurst SH;Howell JA;
JournalScience Advances
TitleSalt on the move: Multi stage evolution of salt diapirs in the Netherlands North Sea (2015)
AuthorsHarding R.;Huuse M.
JournalMarine and Petroleum Geology