Zoomposium 20: 24 May 2021

Published: 12 May 2021

Dr RICHARD STAFF: 'Radiocarbon dating: for archaeology, for palaeo-environment, for fun!' Dr NICKI WHITEHOUSE: 'Long term human-environment systems in the Anthropocene' Dr ADETUNMISE DADA: 'Developing quantum technologies for next generation communication devices'

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Dr Richard Staff, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre

'Radiocarbon dating: for archaeology, for palaeo-environment, for fun!'

I joined the University in 2017 as a Research Fellow in Geochronology. My interests lie in providing accurate and precise dating for both past environmental and archaeological records. I specialise in radiocarbon dating, as well as the broader application of Bayesian statistical modelling of chronological data.

I am keen to engage with others at the University who might be interested in applying the radiocarbon dating technique to their own archaeological or palaeo-environmental archives.


Dr Nicki Whitehouse, College of Arts, School of Humanities

‘Long term human-environment systems in the Anthropocene

I work on human-environment systems and long-term ecological patterns (c. last 15,000 years) at broad spatial scales, focusing on the socio-ecological dynamics of past human populations, long term biodiversity and land use changes associated with early agriculture and how these may have contributed to current climate and environmental issues. I work with a variety of palaeoecological and archaeological proxies including insect remains, fossil pollen, radiocarbon dates, genetic and archaeological data and often use modelling approaches in my work.

I am interested in collaborating with others interested in the processes that drive landscape and biodiversity changes and shifts in cultural land-use to understand how anthropogenic and other processes have shaped our historic and current environments and biological systems.


Dr Adetunmise Dada, James Watt School of Engineering

‘Developing quantum technologies for next generation communication devices’

My research vision includes developing quantum technologies for communication devices that will support ubiquitous connectivity, with potential applications to imaging and sensing. My background is in experimental quantum optics, engineering of novel quantum light sources (both ‘on-demand’, such as semiconductor quantum dots, and parametric light sources), experimental and theoretical work on optimal quantum measurements for communication and information processing tasks. I am interested in collaborations with people with expertise in integrated photonics, superconducting technologies for quantum information processing and photon detection/generation, optical fibre technologies, satellite/free space optical communications, mid-infrared photonics, etc.  I am actively seeking to secure support through grants and fully funded fellowships to enable me to deliver my research vision and goals.


First published: 12 May 2021