Staff profile

Dr Sian Davies-Vollum


Head of School - Environmental Sciences

Sian Davies-Vollum

Subject

Geoscience

College

College of Life and Natural Sciences

Department

School of Environmental Sciences

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Campus

Derby Campus

Email

s.davies-vollum@derby.ac.uk

About

I am Head of School of Environmental Sciences in the College of Life and Natural Sciences. This means that I oversee the academic programmes and research across Environmental Sciences. I am a geologist/physcial geographer by training and my research and teaching interests are in environmental and climate change. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach in modules across Geology and Geography related to Envrionmental Hazards and Sedimentology, as well as contribute to teaching on field trips. I have experience in designing and developing curricula in Geoscience and have published a number of articles on teaching and learning in Higher Education

Professional interests

I am currently the Exectutive Secretary of Universities Geoscience UK. This role allows me to work with other Heads of Goescience Schools and Departments from across the UK on matters of national interst and importance to the subject area. I am also on the accreditation committee for the Geological Society, which reviews and accredits Geoscience degrees.

Research interests

I am interested in climate and environmental change in the geological past and the present. My background is in sedimentology and field geology and I have been able to use this expertise to contribute interdiscimpinary projects in the fields of geology and environmental science, contributing to international and Uk-based projects on paleoclimate, coal geology, fluvial and coastal seidmentology and coastal change.

My current research focus is elucidating the physical and social impacts of climate change in coastal Ghana. I am also working with biologists to undertand the role of fresh water mussels on sediment in rivers and streams and with the Sheffield Area Geological Trust on the geosconservation and recording of urban geological sites. 

 

 

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

International experience

My career has taken me all over the world. I was an academic in the USA for 18 years (1994-2012) with posts at the Smithsonian Institution, Amherst College, Ball State University, Pomona College and the University of Washington-Tacoma.  I have led study abroad trips and taught on four Semester at Sea voyages visiting countries across the globe. I have taken part in research proejcts in Africa, North America and Europe. 

Recent publications

Recent publications are noted here:

Davies-Vollum, K.S., Zhang, Z. and Angyekhumene, A, 2018, Journal of Coastal Conservation, Impacts of lagoon opening and implications for coastal management: case study from Muni-Pomadze lagoon, Ghana. 10.1007/s11852-018-0658-1 

Jin-long, L., Hamza, O., Davies-Vollum, K.S. and Jie-qun, L, 2018, A case study of shield tunnel uplift by secondary grouting.  Tunelling and Underground Space Technology v 80: 313-321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2018.07.016 

Davies-Vollum, K.S., P. D. Guion, J. Knight & A. Smith, 2016. Guide to the Geology of the National Coal Mining Museum (Caphouse Colliery), submitted to the Journal of the Yorkshire Geological Society

Davies-Vollum, K.S. and West, M., 2015 Shoreline change and sea level rise at the Muni-Pomadze coastal wetlands (Ramsar site), Ghana, Journal of Coastal Conservation v 19 (4): 515-525.

Selkin, P.A., Boyle, J., Carlini, A.A., Davies-Vollum, K.S., Dunn, R., Kohn, M.J., Madden, R.H. and Strömberg, C. A. E., 2015, Climate, dust and fire across the Eocene-Oligocene transition, Patagonia, Geology 43: 567-570.

 

Further details of my publications are available on my Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sian_Davies-Vollum/publications 

Blog Posts

Sian Davies-Vollum, Lecturer in Geoscience and Yoga Teacher of 16 years, discusses the health benefits of taking up yoga.