Our team has expertise in researching a wide range of biological and sedimentological evidence in order to understand past environments and climates. There is particular attention to characterising conditions under which early human populations established themselves in Britain during the past million years. Using our microscope facilities, undergraduate students are typically involved in work such as the palaeoenvironmental analysis of macrofossil and microfossil assemblages.
This suite contains several types of microscopes including a scanning electron microscope. This SEM is a type of electron microscope that produces images of a sample by scanning the surface with a focused beam of electrons. The electrons interact with atoms in the sample, producing various signals that contain information about the sample's surface topography and composition.