Christine Hamilton

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

PhD Research:

Future vulnerability and resilience of coastal landscapes, and their associated communities, infrastructure and nature conservation interests, is of increasing concern due to the combined effects of climate change and sea-level rise. Coastal stratigraphy can be used to extend knowledge of coastal change. Improving understanding of the long-term processes controlling the natural signal of coastal change is beneficial for management decisions.

My PhD research uses the Suffolk coast (UK) as a case study to reconstruct coastline evolution during the mid-to-late Holocene. Using the sediment sequences from the enclosed valleys and wetlands of Suffolk I aim to produce data recording relative sea-level changes, sediment supply and storm incidence to enhance understanding of the long-term controls on coastal system behaviour.


2014, Durham University, UK, M.Sc. Geography (by Research)
2013, University of Bristol, UK, B.Sc. Geography

Journal article

Hamilton CA, Kirby JR, Lane TP, Plater AJ, Waller MP. 2019. Sediment supply and barrier dynamics as driving mechanisms of Holocene coastal change for the southern North Sea basin Quaternary International, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hamilton CA, Lloyd JM, Barlow NLM, Innes JB, Flecker R, Thomas CP. 2015. Late Glacial to Holocene relative sea-level change in Assynt, northwest Scotland, UK Quaternary Research, 84 :214-222 DOI


Hamilton CA. Relative sea level, sediment supply and barrier dynamics as driving mechanisms of Holocene coastal change. Kirby J, Lane T, Plater AJ, Hunt C. Public Url