Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Recognises Pioneering Research at Lincoln

A multi-award-winning physical geographer and a world authority on river systems and global environmental change has been given a prestigious award in honour of his achievements.

Professor Mark Macklin from the University of Lincoln has been awarded the 2018 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Murchison Award for his pioneering research into the study of the form and function of rivers and the interaction between rivers and the landscape around them – so called ‘fluvial geomorphology’ – and its environmental applications.

Mark in Whanganui, NZ

The Society’s awards recognise excellence in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching and public engagement and are presented annually in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions within the sphere of geography. The award was presented by the Society’s President, Nicholas Crane, on Monday 4th June 2018.

Professor Macklin, who is the founding Head of the School of Geography at the University, oversees the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH). The LCWPH is a pioneering research centre which focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers. These include the impact of climate change on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals.

Professor Macklin, who also holds the Chair of Fluvial Geomorphology at Massey University in New Zealand, is renowned for his work into river channel and floodplain responses to climate change, long-term human-river environment interactions, flood-risk assessment, metal mining pollution, and the hydrological controls of malaria.

He conducts his research all over the world, with ongoing projects in Australia, Greece, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Sudan, Tanzania and the UK. He is also an inaugural Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of geomorphological research.

Professor Macklin said: “There has never been a more pressing time for geographers to examine the pressures that our inhabited Earth is facing, and how those pressures will impact on the people living in those environments. For years academic communities have been studying climate change and what it is doing to our world, and I have been keen to focus on the actions we need to take to ensure our living environments are safe and sustainable.

“We are drawing on history to set current environmental challenges into a modern context and educate our students in the concepts and skills that are relevant to managing current environmental challenges. The recognition of my work – and by extension the work of colleagues in the School – by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), with this award is an honour that I am deeply grateful for.”

Image credit: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The award for Professor Macklin is the latest endorsement for the University of Lincoln’s School of Geography, which has also been officially accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for its “integrated, relevant and contemporary” new courses.

The School welcomed its first cohort of students in 2017. The RGS, along with the Institute of British Geographers, is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography, which works to advance geography and support its practitioners in the UK and across the world.

The accreditation was given after RGS-IBG were impressed by the range of opportunities available to geography students at Lincoln, including both UK-based and international fieldwork options.

The School is also committed to working with RGS- IBG to raise the profile of the subject locally. The University has also introduced the RGS-IBG Geography Ambassador scheme, which recruits, trains and supports undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate geographers from universities and business to act as ambassadors for geography in the classroom and beyond.

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School of Geography Professor Honoured

Professor Edward Hanna has been recognised for his body of work after being awarded the International Journal of Climatology Editor’s Award for 2017.

Professor Hanna, from the University of Lincoln’s School of Geography, is a Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology. He was recognised for a ‘meritorious contribution to the work of the International Journal of Climatolgy in the past five years’. The award consists of £400 endowed by the publishers, Wiley, and a certificate.

It was officially handed out at the Royal Meteorological Society’s National Meeting and Annual General Meeting in May.

The Society is delighted to announce the Awards and Prize Winners for 2017, which was presented on 16th May 2018 at the Annual General Meeting in London. The Society’s awards for excellence in meteorology are held in high regard across the international community.

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Multi-Disciplinary Geographers Join University of Lincoln Team

The School of Geography is delighted to welcome five new academics to its extensive team!

We’d like to introduce the following new additions:

Dr Mark SchuerchSenior Lecturer – Coastal Processes and Management/Hydro and Morphodynamics

Start date – 4th June 2018

Dr Mark Schuerch is a coastal Geographer, who graduated and completed his PhD at the University of Kiel, Germany. 

His research interests are the assessment of coastal wetland vulnerability towards global change and the exploration of the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation in the coastal zone.


Dr Matthew Hannaford, Lecturer – Historical-Cultural Geography/Environment History

Start date – 11th June 2018

Dr Matthew Hannaford is a historical geographer with interests at the interface of historical climatology, environmental history and climate change adaptation. 

His research asks how the past can inform current environmental challenges by reconstructing past climate variability and studying historical social responses to environmental hazards, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, and is joining the School after two years of postdoctoral research at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.


Dr Harriet Moore , Lecturer – Economic Geography

Start date – 1st May 2018

Harriet Elizabeth Moore is a lecturer in Economic Geography in the School of Geography. She completed her Master of Environment and Doctorate of Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Moore specialises in the study of resource management and policy, and environmental psychology. Her research addresses social and environmental problems, drawing on theories and frameworks from behavioural psychology, geopolitics, political ecology, and economic geography, including New Institutional Economics and regional growth theories. 

She has conducted field research in Northern Thailand about community forest management, and in Australia about river restoration projects. Her interests include the nexus of economic distribution, social marginalisation, and environmental degradation, and problems related to implementing, and maintaining social and environmental interventions.


Dr Luca Mao, Senior Lecturer – River Processes and Hydrology/Water Resources and Management

Start date – 16th July 2018

Dr Luca Mao is a fluvial geomorphologist, with expertise in processes related to sediment transport, channel changes due to floods, and human impacts on fluvial systems. Luca holds a PhD from the University of Padua in Italy and completed a post-doctorate at the University of Hull. 

He will be moving to Lincoln in July from the Catholic University of Chile, where he has been working over the past 6 years on topics related to the dynamics and recent changes of Andean rivers.


Dr Kristen Beck, Lecturer – Quaternary Science/Earth System Science

Start date – 14th May 2018 

Kristen specialises in Quaternary Science and Biogeography and completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree at the University of Toronto, Canada, and then moved on to the University of Melbourne, Australia to complete her PhD in Geography. Her primary research interests are reconstructing terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem through time using palaeoecological data, with a specific focus on the roles of climate and disturbance in driving environmental change through the Late Quaternary. 

Her previous work focused on disentangling the relationships between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics in Tasmania, Australia, through the late Pleistocene using high resolution multiproxy palaeoecological data. Kristen’s research aims to look at the relationships between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem dynamics through time by using high-resolution multi-proxy palaeoecological data to interrogate temporal correlations between these systems in response to environmental change.

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