Staff Profile


Dr Katie Wooldridge

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923034

Profile summary

I have been employed at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2013. I am convenor for a number of modules: Introduction to the Physical Environment, Coastal and Glacial Geomorphology and GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Management. I also teach on the Arctic and Arid Environments module.

I completed my PhD titled ‘Changes in glacier extent since the Little Ice Age and links to 20th/21st Century climatic variability on Novaya Zemlya, Russian Arctic’ in 2010 at the University of Reading. I also studied at the University of Reading for my BSc in Human and Physical Geography.

After completing my PhD, I spent 18 months working for a flood risk management consultancy, which provided me with excellent industry-related experience.

Research and knowledge exchange

To date, my research interests have mainly been focused around the topic of my PhD thesis which examined the response of glaciers to climate change. I used satellite imagery, aerial photography and topographic maps to analyse changes in glacier extent on Novaya Zemlya since the end of the LIA. Trends in temperature and precipitation were also investigated using data from meteorological stations, ERA-40 reanalysis and simulations for 2071-2100 from the PRECIS (MetOffice) regional climate model. I have a second area of research interest concerning local planning issues, in particular, the sustainability of local plan proposals. 

I am on the editorial board for Geoverse (Undergraduate Research Journal for Geography).

Teaching and subject expertise

I am module convenor for:

Introduction to the Physical Environment (Level 4): this module examines the broad area of Environmental Geography. It develops awareness of the essential concepts, principles and theories of how environmental processes work and starts to challenge some commonly held pre­conceptions. 

Coastal and Glacial Geomorphology (Level 5): understanding of the well­ established principles of process geomorphology is a prerequisite for any sustainable environmental management. This module examines the processes that operate within two core geomorphological systems (coastal processes and glacial processes) and shows the relationship between process and landform within a modern conceptual framework. It provides the opportunity to develop a range of intellectual, discipline specific, and graduate attributes that will be used in the field and laboratory to provide data that will be used for critical analysis, problem solving and interpretation of an environment and to produce a reasoned scientific argument structured as a research paper.

GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Management (Level 6): this module introduces advanced techniques related to the collection, analysis and presentation of spatial data associated with environmental management. Building on the principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and of spatial analysis techniques gained at Levels 4 and 5, this module considers the specific role of GIS and remote sensing in environmental management and places a particular emphasis on open­source software and its applications. Environmental management requires the increasing use of spatial data and associated analysis tools, the skills developed on this module will be valuable to any student wishing to pursue a career in the environmental sector.

I co-teach the Arctic and Arid Environments module (Level 6) and the Placement in Geography module (Level 5). I also supervise undergraduate students for their dissertations on the Independent Study in (Human or Physical) Geography module.

External activities

Junior member of the International Glaciological Society. 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Publications and research outputs

Wooldridge, K. L., Stokes, C. R., Shahgedanova, M. in prep. Glacier change on Novaya Zemlya, Russian Arctic, since the Little Ice Age (LIA) and links to 20th/21st Century climatic variability.

J.K. Hillier, M.J. Smith, R. Armugam, I. Barr, C.M. Boston, C.D. Clark, J. Ely, A. Frankl, S.L. Greenwood, L. Gosselin, C. Hättestrand, K. Hogan, A.L.C. Hughes, S.J. Livingstone, H. Lovell, M. McHenry, Y. Munoz, X.M. Pellicer, R. Pellitero, C. Robb, S. Roberson, D. Ruther, M. Spagnolo, M. Standell, C.R. Stokes, R. Storrar, N.J. Tate & K. Wooldridge, (2015) Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness. Journal of Maps 11:5, pages 719-729. 

Grant [Wooldridge], K. L., Stokes, C. R. & Evans, I. S., 2009. Identification and characteristics of surge-type glaciers on Novaya Zemlya, Russian Arctic. Journal of Glaciology, 55 (194), pp. 960-972.


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