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Sarah Metcalfe

Professor - Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor RKE, Faculty of Social Sciences



Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange

Nottingham lead for the NERC funded Envision DTP


Chair, National Environmental Isotope Facilities (NEIF) Panel A (Radiocarbon)

Member NEIF National Steering Group

Member Royal Geographical Society Medals and Awards sub-committee

Expertise Summary

  • Low latitude palaeoclimatology
  • Palaeolimnology
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Climate resilience and adaptation (particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula)

I also have interests in UK air pollution combining modelling and monitoring to look at pollution reduction strategies

Teaching Summary

I teach on a range of modules within the School of Geography:

Year 2 - Changing Environments

- Techniques in Physical Geography

- Living with Hazards

Year 3 - Field course (Mexico)

Research Summary

My current research - often working with PhD students - is focused on:

  • Lake sediment records of climate change in Mexico, Belize, Colombia
  • Impacts of human activity on catchments
  • Agricultural systems, climate adaptation and traditional knowledge in Mexico, Belize and Jordan
  • Air pollution in the UK (especially Nottingham)
  • Climate change in the circum-Caribbean

Current funded research projects:

Integrated ClimAte Resilience UnderStanding (ICARUS) Belize. Leverhulme Trust Research Programme Grant

Maya Archaeology and Palaeoecology Partnership Project. NSF/SBE-RCUK (AHRC) B. Whitney (PI) with S.E. Metcalfe, J.A. Iriate.

Virus sequencing of museum mammal species to define environmental and anthropogenic drivers of virus ecology and to understand disease outbreaks. NERC Exploring the Frontiers Grant. J. Ball (PI) with S.E. Metcalfe and others

Recent Publications

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