Congratulations to Rosie Everett, winner of the 2015 BSc BSSS Dissertation Prize for her project on ‘Reconstructing Late Würm Late-Glacial and Early Holocene environmental changes in the Corsican uplands and evaluating the response of human groups to climate change and vegetation succession’ supervised by Dr Nick Branch (presenting the award).
Rosie’s project used the sedimentary records from Lake Creno, Corsica as an archive for past environmental conditions. She analysed the pollen stored in the sediment to reconstruct past conditions to see if there was a relationship between past climate during ate Wurm Late Glacial and Early Holocene period and human settlement on Corsica.
She has been putting her paleoecological skills to practice as a Forensic Researcher Intern at the James Hutton Institute, looking at rates of recovery of diatoms, taken from lake samples from pig liver tissues, as an analogue from human drowning cases. Rosie graduated this summer with a BA in Archaelogy, and is currently working with a forensics company, assisting with field work. Her ambition is to build on this experience and skills base to pursue post-graduate study in ecology.
We’re extremely proud of Rosie and all our students’ fantastic achievements this year. Competition for the prize this year was tough with many strong entries. We wish everyone from the Class of 2015 the best of luck with their future endeavours.