Richard Clark-Wilson

Mr. Richard Clark-Wilson, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Richard is a PhD student based at Royal Holloway, University of London whose key interests lie in reconstructing Quaternary palaeoenvironments and dating Quaternary sediments using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating. His work with the Palaeodeserts team began with his MSc dissertation entitled ‘Chronologies and Palaeoenvironments of the Western Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia’ which was supervised by Dr. Simon Armitage and Prof. Ian Candy at Royal Holloway. Here he applied stable isotope analysis and micromorphology to reconstruct the palaeoenvironment of two palaeolake basins within the Western Nefud desert, while also applying Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating to date the palaeolakes. His PhD research is focused on expanding his MSc work to numerous palaeolake basins across the western Nefud Desert in order to reconstruct the palaeoenvironment for, and to develop a chronology of, humid phases in the region. Overall, his research aims to provide a better understanding of the climatic controls on hominin dispersals and occupations in the Western Nefud over the mid- to late-Pleistocene. Richard is funded by the Natural Research Environment Council (NERC), UK.