Charlie Rex







Rankine Avenue, 

Scottish Enterprise Technology Park,

East Kilbride,

G75 0QF


Research title: High resolution palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from Lake Suigetsu, Japan (IAP2-18-54)

Research Summary

My research examines changes to the East Asian palaeomonsoon across periods of dramatic warming using the varved sediments from Lake Suigetsu, Japan. The focus of my work is detecting changes in monsoon intensity across glacial terminations I (22-10 ka BP) and II (135-120 ka BP). I aim to produce records of East Asian Summer Monsoon and East Asian Winter Monsoon intensity by using isotopes of hydrogen (from biomarkers) and oxygen (from diatoms). Alongside this work, I am involved in monitoring modern water isotopes at Lake Suigetsu and developing an OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) chronology for the cores.


School of Geographical and Earth Science Conference Support Grant- £200

BGS BUFI Student Support Grant- £1000

NEIF Panel C full support for diatom oxygen analysis from Lake Suigetsu- £59,325 (grant-in-kind)

SAGES Postgraduate Support Scheme Grant- £2000


Quaternary Research Association (QRA) Annual Discussion Meeting (Jan 2019)


Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) Global Climate Challenges for a Blue Green Economy (Dec 2019)


Quaternary Research Association (QRA) Annual Discussion Meeting (Jan 2020) 

Poster Presentation entitled "Tracing State Shifts in the Cheshire Basin over the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle"


Lake Suigetsu Varves Discussion Meeting (Jan 2020)

Oral Presentation entitled "Tracing State Shifts in the Cheshire Basin over the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle"


European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly (May 2020)



This UofG PhD Life (Jan 2021)

Oral Presentation entitled "Lab and Field: Data Collection Pre- and Post- Pandemic"


British Geological Survey BUFI Science Festival (Jun 2021)

Poster Presentation and Flash Talk entitled "Examining East Asian Winter Monsoon Intensity at Lake Suigetsu, Japan"

Runner up, BGS Staff Poster Competition


University of Glasgow LEADS Annual Learning and Teaching Conference (Jun 2021)

Oral Presentation entitled "Community and the Pandemic PhD: Reaching Researchers During Lockdown"


University of Glasgow Science Slam (Jun 2021)

Oral Presentation entitled "Monsoons in Japan- sum-mer rainy and winter's snow joke"

Runner up


UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Annual Conference (Jul 2021)

Workshop entitled "PGR Interns: Researcher Development's Secret Weapon in the Year of the Pandemic PhD"


British Organic Geochemistry Society Conference (Jul 2021)

Flash Talk entitled "Examining East Asian Summer Monsoon Intensity at Lake Suigetsu, Japan"

Runner up, Student Flash Talk Competition


16th International Luminesence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating Conference (LED2021) (Sep 2021)

Oral Presentation entitled "Controls on luminescence signals in lake sediment cores: a study from Lake Suigetsu, Japan"




Lab Demonstrator, Earth Science 1 (EARTH1001)

Lab Leader, Earth Science 1 (EARTH1001)

Physical Geography Tutor, Geography 2 (GEOG2001) 

Tutor, Widenining Participation Geographical and Earth Sciences Summer School

Additional Information


Quaternary Research Association (QRA)

Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) 



Science and Engineering Graduate School Student Liason Committee (2020-2021)

Geographical and Earth Sciences Equality and Diversity Committee (2020)


Other Roles:

PGR Office Intern 2020-2021 (Research and Innovation Services, University of Glasgow)



Meet the Intern: Charlie Rex

Going Global: Collaborating Internationally During Your PhD

Staying Safe in Glasgow

What's New? Labwork After Lockdown

Snow White and the Seven Supervisors: Managing Your Team 

Reflecting on my First Year as a GTA

"Oh, I Know You From Twitter": Social Media for PGRs