‘Floodplain Catastrophes and Climate Change: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Riverine Societies’ By Mark Macklin

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  • Artist: Mark Macklin
  • Album: The 2009 Compass Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference
  • Year: 2009

Professor Macklin will be giving his keynote lecture entitled ‘Floodplain Catastrophes and Climate Change: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Riverine Societies’ on Thursday 22nd October

Mark Macklin’s research is located at the intersection of geomorphology, Quaternary science and archaeology. He has written papers in these areas for Antiquity, Catena, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Geoarchaeology, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Quaternary Science, Progress in Physical Geography, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Science Reviews, The Holocene, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. His edited books Archaeology Under Alluvium (Oxbow 1992) and Mediterranean Quaternary River Environments (Balkema 1995) prompted a paradigm shift in European alluvial archaeology by demonstrating the benefits of interdisciplinary research that utilized new dating techniques, climate proxies and process-based explanations of river environment-human interactions. He is currently investigating the role of rapid environmental change on the development of floodwater farming in the Nile Valley, northern Sudan and in the ‘lost’ Saraswati River, south eastern Pakistan. He has held fellowships and visiting professorships from Massey University, the University of Arizona, the University of Indiana and the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to Aberystwyth University in 1999 as Professor of Physical Geography and founder of the River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group, Macklin taught at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the University of Leeds. He holds a BSc and PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Wales Aberystwyth.