News: Arts of Climate Reconstruction (a practice-based PhD) supervised by CGH and the Centre for Quaternary Research

The Kate & Gareth Griffith Scholarship in Quaternary Science 

Arts of Climate Reconstruction: An arts practice-based PhD exploring the use of fossils to reconstruct past climates 

Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, three year fully-funded PhD.

Applications are invited for a fine arts practice-based PhD based in the Centre for Quaternary Research, working on the use of fossils in the reconstruction of past climates. The PhD will also be supported by staff from the Centre for the GeoHumanities.

From hyaena bones to vole teeth, the Quaternary (“Ice Age,” last 2.6 million years) fossil record has recently emerged as a valuable source through which to reconstruct animal responses to both long-term and abrupt climate change in the past, and to predict future changes. We invite applications from an artist working in any media to develop a practice-based PhD working as part of the Royal Holloway Centre for Quaternary Research (CQR). The CQR group focus on the interface between climates, environments, people and other biota on a range of spatial and temporal scales, developing high-resolution palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental research and generating new understandings of the chronology and nature of early human and animal dispersal and behaviour.

Environmental change has long been a topic of interest for artists, becoming increasingly popular in the context of debates around the Anthropocene and climate change. This practice-based PhD project will focus on practices of climate reconstruction through the Quaternary fossil record. Using Gully Cave (a previously-unexplored cave that is now a flagship Quaternary Science research project) as a starting point there is considerable scope for the student to develop the project in any direction they wish and through their own practice.

As well as working with CQR the student will be supported by scholars and practitioners working in the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities.

For further information please download the application pack : art-climate-and-fossils-phd 

(top image: Arctic Fox skull, Gully Cave, Somerset, c 13,000 years old; bottom image: brown bear canine tooth, Gully Cave, Somerset, c.30,000 years old).

Closing date is: 17/4/2019