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Dr Emma Hocking

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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Emma Hocking

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on reconstructing relative sea level and environmental change on Holocene timescales. I work in a variety of environments, including tidal marshes, isolation basins, lakes, peatlands, raised beaches, and use a combination of sedimentology, microfossil (diatom) and geochronological methods for reconstructing past environments. Currently I am working on a range of research projects across the world, tied together by the methodological approach of using diatom analysis. These include reconstruction of great earthquake and tsunami history in south-central Chile, postglacial relative sea-level change in Arctic Russia, and reconstructing past human impacts on neotropical landscapes including the Brazilian savannah and Amazonia. 

Key Publications

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  • High-resolution Bronze Age palaeoenvironmental change in the eastern Mediterranean: exploring the links between climate and societies., Hazell, C., Pound, M., Hocking, E. 13 Apr 2022, In: Palynology
  • Response of the Akrotiri Marsh, island of Cyprus, to Bronze Age climate change, Hazell, C., Pound, M., Hocking, E. 1 Feb 2022, In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Vegetation change across the Drake Passage region linked to late Eocene cooling and glacial disturbance after the Eocene–Oligocene Transition, Thompson, N., Salzmann, U., López-Quirós, A., Bijl, P., Hoem, F., Etourneau, J., Sicre, M., Roignant, S., Hocking, E., Amoo, M., Escutia, C. 4 Feb 2022, In: Climate of the Past
  • Geological evidence of an unreported historical Chilean tsunami reveals more frequent inundation, Hocking, E., Garrett, E., Aedo, D., Carvajal, M., Melnick, D. 9 Dec 2021, In: Communications Earth and Environment
  • Pre-Columbian fire management and control of climate-driven floodwaters over 3,500 years in southwestern Amazonia, Duncan, N., Loughlin, N., Walker, J., Hocking, E., Whitney, B. 5 Oct 2021, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Mid-Piacenzian variability of Nordic Seas surface circulation linked to terrestrial climatic change in Norway, Panitz, S., De Schepper, S., Salzmann, U., Bachem, P., Risebrobakken, B., Clotten, C., Hocking, E. 4 Dec 2017, In: Paleoceanography
  • Modern diatom assemblages from Chilean tidal marshes and their application for quantifying deformation during past great earthquakes, Hocking, E., Garrett, E., Cisternas, M. Apr 2017, In: Journal of Quaternary Science
  • Past penguin colony responses to explosive volcanism on the Antarctic Peninsula, Roberts, S., Monien, P., Foster, L., Loftfield, J., Hocking, E., Schnetger, B., Pearson, E., Juggins, S., Fretwell, P., Ireland, L., Ochyra, R., Haworth, A., Allen, C., Moreton, S., Davies, S., Brumsack, H., Bentley, M., Hodgson, D. 11 Apr 2017, In: Nature Communications
  • Reconstructing paleoseismic deformation, 2: 1000 years of great earthquakes at Chucalén, south central Chile, Garrett, E., Shennan, I., Woodroffe, S., Cisternas, M., Hocking, E., Gulliver, P. 1 Apr 2015, In: Quaternary Science Reviews

PGR Supervision

  • Leeza Pickering Investigating and modelling lake mixing regimes in the White Sea of Russia and quantifying their future impact in the global carbon cycle. Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Sefa Sahin Reconstructing Historical Earthquakes and Sea-Level Change in South-Central Chile from Tidal Marshes and Uplifted Beaches Start Date: 22/01/2017

Qualifications

  • Geography PhD June 30 2010
  • Geography Studies (Science) MSc August 31 2006
  • Geography BSc (Hons) June 30 2005
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA


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