Contact us

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Dr Christopher Satow

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Lecturer In Physical Geography


As a Quaternary Geologist, I am interested in environments of the Earth over the 2.5 million years or so. My focus to date has been on using volcanic ash (tephra) to link together the outstanding records of climate and oceanic changes which are preserved with the ash in ocean sediments. I'm also interested in developing the use of these ash layers as volcanological tools, where they can be employed to constrain both the timing and style of volcanic eruptions in the past.

After graduating with my PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, I worked for 18 months in the education department at the Natural History Museum in London and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2011 - present Associte Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2008 - 2012 PhD Marine Tephrostratigraphy (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • 2007 - 2008 MSc Quaternary Science (University of London)
  • 2003 - 2007 BSc Geology and Physical Geography (University of Edinburgh)

Research Interests

Quaternary Environmental Change
Marine Sediment Geochemistry

Teaching Area

BSc and MSc course: 'The Challenge of Climate Change' (Module Leader) BSc course 'Geophysical and Atmospheric Hazards' (Module Leader) BSc course: 'Geomorphology and Sedimentology' BSc course: 'Understanding the Environment' MSc course: 'Natural Hazard s;science and Society'

Other Professional Activity

Textbook Reviewer: Pearson Publishing- Tarbuck/Lutgen/Tasa: Essentials of Geology, 11/e, Global Edition


    +Professional Experience



+44 208 417 2950