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Dr Stephanie Mills

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Lecturer


I completed my PhD entitled 'The origin of slope deposits in the southern Drakensberg, eastern Lesotho' in December 2006 at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. I joined Queen Mary University of London in January 2007 as a Visiting Research Fellow and have also recently been a sessional lecturer for Birkbeck University London.

I joined the department of Geography, Geology and Environment at Kingston University in February 2010.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2001 - 2006 PhD in glacial/periglacial geomorphology (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • 1998 - 2000 PGDip in Surveying and mapping (University of East London)
  • 1995 - 1998 BSc (Hons) in Geography (Royal Holloway University of London)

Research Interests

My research focuses on reconstructing late Quaternary environments in southern Africa. Glaciation of southern Africa has long been considered controversial, and my PhD research focused on the development of a multi-method approach, to discriminate between landforms and deposits of glacial origin in the Lesotho highlands and Drakensberg Mountains of southern Africa. A key outcome from my research has been to identify areas of modern late-lying snow as locators of potential past niche glaciation in the Drakensberg Mountains of eastern Lesotho, South Africa. This has led to the rapid identification of many areas that may have sustained small glaciers during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) elsewhere in the Drakensberg, using reconnaissance of medium-resolution satellite imagery and aerial photography. I have applied glacier reconstruction modelling techniques in order to determine the viability of reconstructed glaciers in eastern Lesotho, which has led to the suggestion that there was an increase in precipitation during the LGM in eastern Lesotho.

More recent research includes the use of solar radiation modelling to identify areas most likely to have sustained glaciers during the LGM in collaboration with Dr Brice Rea (University of Aberdeen). I am involved in a Royal Society Joint International Project with Dr Simon Carr, Dr David Horne (both QMUL) and Professor Stefan Grab (WITS), which aims to derive a palaeoclimatic record for southern Africa spanning the LGM, using fossil Ostracod crustaceans, glacier reconstruction modelling and cosmogenic nuclide dating. I am also involved in a collaborative project with Dr Timothy Barrows (Exeter University) entitled 'Understanding global warming using long-term glacier retreat records'.

Teaching Area

Glacial/Periglacial Geomorphology Module Leader: GGM230 The Challenge of Climate Change




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