Dr. Simon Hutchinson

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building - Room 302

Office hours: Monday 2-3pm, Friday 2-3pm




Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science


Following PhD research and a NERC Research Fellowship I have developed my research and teaching at the University of Salford employing mineral magnetic and geochemical techniques as proxies of human impact and measures of pollution in depositional environments.

As an active field scientist I am also interested in the use of digital visualisation tools in environmental education with a particular focus of EDI and Access in environmental science.

Areas of research

Environmental change, Human impacts, Sediments archives, Peat records, Pollution, Anthropocene

Areas of supervision

Deposition-based reconstruction of environmental change and human impacts via sediment, Salt marsh, Peat, Flood plain and other archives


I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with modules ranging from Earth Processes to Monitoring Environmental Change and Environmental Pollution and Remediation. I co-ordinate undergraduate final year research projects and also supervise MSc dissertations.

Research Interests

My research spans the fields of geomorphology and palaeolimnology with a focus on the use of depositional records to reconstruction human impacts on the environment at timescales ranging from whole Holocene to the so-called Anthropocene. Much of this research is undertaken through international collaboration.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD, University of Liverpool (1990)
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Liverpool (1986)


  • Geography and Education Research Group
  • Quaternary Research Association
  • Romanian Limnogeographical Association