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Biography

Paul is a Research Associate on the Leverhulme-funded 'Peopling the Green Sahara' project. This project is responsible for reconstructing former palaeohydrological networks in the Sahara Desert using remote-sensing and GIS techniques. It also integrates this data with available palaeoecological data sets to explore the changing availability of freshwater features during the Holocene humid period. Spatio-temporal patterns evident in the data will then be related to archaeological data to explore how these factors relate to human occupations in the 'Green Sahara'.

Paul has authored or co-authored 20 publications to date. He completed his Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded PhD at King's in 2016. This PhD, undertaken in the Department of Geography and partnered with the Palaeodeserts project, focused on reconstructing palaeohydrological networks across the Arabian Peninsula and examining their potential as routes for dispersal for Pleistocene hominins. 

Prior to his PhD, Paul was employed by the VISTA (Visual and Spatial Technology) Centre of the Department of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham. Here, he performed landscape archaeological GIS analyses, archaeological excavations, and terrestrial spatial and geophysical surveys.

He obtained an MA (with distinction) in Practical Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in 2007, and a BSc (hons) in Geology and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in 2003.

Research

  • Human evolution and Hominin dispersals
  • Prehistory in mid-latitude deserts
  • Geoarchaeology, palaeoenvironments and palaeohydrology
  • Quaternary climate change in mid-latitude deserts
  • Landscape archaeology and archaeological prospection using GIS and remotely-sensed data

Paul has particular research interests in dispersals of Homo sapiens and other hominins in the middle-latitudes of Africa and western Asia and how population movements and dynamics in these areas may relate to climatic fluctuations of the past. 

Paul completed a NERC-funded PhD on reconstructing palaeohydrological networks across the Arabian Peninsula and examining their potential as routes for dispersal for Pleistocene hominins. 

Further details

See Paul's research profile