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Dr David Richards

Dr David Richards

Dr David Richards
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol)

Reader in Physical Geography

Area of research

Quaternary climate change, geochronology and landscape evolution

Office G.6n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 928 9828


Climate change - Using a wide-range of deposits, especially stalagmites from caves, but also bone, coral and sediments, to obtain high-resolution records of past temperature, sea levels, vegetation change, faunal evolution. 

Geochronology -High-precision dating techniques to obtain chronological control on change in the Earth System (principally uranium-series and radiocarbon methods).

Environmental radioactivity - Developing novel protocols to explore source and pathways of radionuclides, particularly caesium, plutonium and uranium.


  • Climate change
  • cave science (or speleology)
  • landscape evolution
  • geochronology

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