I have been employed at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2013. I am convenor for 'The Settlement of South-East England' and 'Countryside: Conservation & Management' modules. I also teach on a number of other modules within the Geography programme, including 'Advanced GIS & Remote Sensing' and 'Discovering Geography'.
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 has 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. This research strongly relates to areas of my teaching since both 'The Settlement of South-East England' and 'Countryside: Conservation & Management' consider how changes to the UK planning system impact upon society and the environment.
I am on the editorial board for Geoverse (Undergraduate Research Journal for Geography).
Teaching and subject expertise
I am module convenor for:
The settlement of South East England (Level 4): the aim of the module is to explore the changing human appraisal of the environment of South-East England at successive phases in the sequence of settlement, from prehistory to the present. The module aims to introduce students to the scope and methods of historical geography and to demonstrate the need for a historical perspective in understanding the characteristics of cultural landscapes.
The countryside: conservation and management (Level 6): the aim of this module is to develop the student’s understanding of the dynamic field of countryside conservation and management, within the context of historical and contemporary processes of countryside change. The module aims to investigate relevant countryside and rural planning policies and associated management issues, as well as provide an introduction to specific conservation and management approaches/techniques.
I also teach on the following modules:
- Discovering Geography (Level 4)
- Advanced GIS & Remote Sensing (Level 6)
I supervise undergraduate students for their dissertations on the Individual Geographical Study module.
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, 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. http://www.igsoc.org/journal/55/194/