Dr Dei Huws
Senior Lecturer in Ocean Sciences
I am a senior lecturer in Marine Geophysics here at the School of Ocean Sciences. I graduated from the University of Leicester in 1986 with a degree in Geology with Geophysics and went on from there to complete the Masters course in Marine Geotechnics at SOS. After this, I worked as a Research Assistant on two EU funded research projects and resulting from this was my PhD thesis entitled, 'Measurement and analysis of shear wave velocity in marine sediments', completed in 1992. I was then appointed as a Research Officer in Marine Geophysics, before being promoted to lecturer in 2001 and my present position in 2012.
- Shear Waves in Marine Sediments PhD (University of Wales, Bangor)
- Marine Geotechnics MSc (University of Wales, Bangor)
- Geology and Geophysics BSc (University of Leicester)
I teach across all Levels, generally in geosience and specifically in marine geophysics.
I offer practical research projects in relation to the use of geophysics in offshore engineering and palaeoclimate studies.
I am Programme Director for the MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience and MSci in Geological Oceanography.
As School Director of Teaching and Learning, I'm also interested in ensuring that all programme curricula are up-to-date and well-delivered by staff. I coordinate the activies of our Teaching and Scholarship staff and ensure that both they and the Teaching and Research staff are well supported in delivering their teaching. I also have a role in Quality Assurance across our modules and programmes.
My current research interests are focussed around the use of high resolution geophysical methods with applications in three fields: (i) tropical palaeo-climate studies in relation to hominin evolution and migration; (ii) marine archaeological studies and (iii) marine engineering applications. Specifically, I have been involved in a number of studies based in northern Ethiopia that have investigated the inter-relationship between past climates and the migratory history of early homo sapiens; and more recently a study in southern Ethiopia that broadens the link to also include deeper-time evolutionary events and culture developments. I’m also interested in palaeoenvironmenal reconstruction more broadly, but in the context of submerged landscapes e.g. working around the Orkney Isles. Previous to this, and still with an interest, my research was aimed at bridging the gap between the geophysical and geotechnical properties of marine sediments – specifically by using shear waves and Love waves in the marine environment.
- Generating long chronologies for lacustrine sediments using luminescence dating: a 250,000 year record from Lake Tana, EthiopiaRoberts, H, Bryant, C, Huws, D & Lamb, H 2018, 'Generating long chronologies for lacustrine sediments using luminescence dating: a 250,000 year record from Lake Tana, Ethiopia', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 202, pp. 66-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.10.037
- 150,000-year palaeoclimate record from northern Ethiopia supports early, multiple dispersals of modern humans from AfricaLamb, H, Bates, R, Bryant, C, Davies, S, Huws, D, Marshall, M & Roberts, H 2018, '150,000-year palaeoclimate record from northern Ethiopia supports early, multiple dispersals of modern humans from Africa', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 1077. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-19601-w
- Tuning, Interference and False Shallow Gas Signatures in Geohazard Interpretations: Beyond the 'λ/4' RuleBarret, B, Huws, D, Booth, A, Wergeland, O & Green, M 2017, 'Tuning, Interference and False Shallow Gas Signatures in Geohazard Interpretations: Beyond the 'λ/4' Rule', Near-surface Geophysics , vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 359-366.
- The Hominin sites and Palaeolakes Drilling ProjectLamb, H, Cohen, A, Schabitz, F, Asrat, A, Bates, R, Davies, S, Deino, A, Forster, V, Grove, M, Huws, D, Junginger, A, Konrad-Schmolke, M, Lane, C, Leng, M, Mark, D, Martin-Jones, E, Pearce, N, Pearson, E, Ramsey, C, Raub, T, Rethemeyer, J, Roberts, H, Rogass, C, Trauth, M, Viehberg, F, Wagner, B & Woldegabriel, G 2016, 'The Hominin sites and Palaeolakes Drilling Project: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution and dispersal at Chew Bahir, Ethiopia', Quaternary International, vol. 404, no. Part B, pp. 209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.202
- The environmental context of the Neolithic monuments on the Brodgar Isthmus, Mainland, OrkneyBates, R, Bates, M, Dawson, S, Huws, D, Whittaker, JE & Wickham-Jones, CR 2016, 'The environmental context of the Neolithic monuments on the Brodgar Isthmus, Mainland, Orkney', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 7, pp. 394-407. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.032
- Climatic variability, plasticity, and dispersal: A case study from Lake Tana, EthiopiaGrove, M, Lamb, H, Roberts, H, Davies, S, Marshall, M, Bates, R & Huws, DG 2015, 'Climatic variability, plasticity, and dispersal: A case study from Lake Tana, Ethiopia', Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 87, pp. 42-47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.07.007
- Geological settings and seafloor morphodynamic evolution linked to methane seepageVan Landeghem, KJ, Niemann, H, Steinle, LI, O'Reilly, SS, Huws, DG & Croker, PF 2015, 'Geological settings and seafloor morphodynamic evolution linked to methane seepage', Geo-Marine Letters, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 289-304. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00367-015-0407-5
- A Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Archaeological Investigation of a Bedrock-Dominated Shallow-Marine LandscapeBates, M, Nayling, N, Bates, R, Dawson, S, Huws, D & wickham-jones, CR 2012, 'A Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Archaeological Investigation of a Bedrock-Dominated Shallow-Marine Landscape: An example from the Bay of Firth, Orkney, UK', The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 24. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-9270.2012.00360.x
- Late Pleistocene and Holocene drought events at Lake Tana, the source of the Blue NileMarshall, MH, Lamb, HF, Huws, DG, Davies, SJ, Bates, R, Bloemendal, J, Boyle, J, Lengb, MJ, Umer, M & Bryant, C 2011, 'Late Pleistocene and Holocene drought events at Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile', Global and Planetary Change, vol. 78, no. 3-4, pp. 147-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.06.004
- Late Devensian and holocene relative sea-level change in North Wales, UK.Roberts, MJ, Scourse, JD, Bennell, JD, Huws, DG, Jago, CF & Long, BT 2011, 'Late Devensian and holocene relative sea-level change in North Wales, UK.', Journal of Quaternary Science, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 141-155. https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.1443
- The estimation of shear-wave statics using in situ measurements in marine near-surface sediments.Winsborrow, G, Huws, DG & Muyzert, E 2005, 'The estimation of shear-wave statics using in situ measurements in marine near-surface sediments.', Geophysical Prospecting, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 557-577. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2478.2005.00482.x
- Acquisition and inversion of Love wave data to measure the lateral variability of geo-acoustic properties of marine sediments.Winsborrow, G, Huws, DG & Muyzert, E 2003, 'Acquisition and inversion of Love wave data to measure the lateral variability of geo-acoustic properties of marine sediments.', Journal of Applied Geophysics, vol. 54, no. 1-2, pp. 71-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2003.07.001
- Holocene evolution of seasonal stratification in the Celtic Sea: refined age model, mixing depths and foraminiferal stratigraphy.Scourse, JD, Austin, WE, Long, BT, Assinder, DJ & Huws, D 2002, 'Holocene evolution of seasonal stratification in the Celtic Sea: refined age model, mixing depths and foraminiferal stratigraphy.', Marine Geology, vol. 191, no. 3-4, pp. 119-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0025-3227(02)00528-5
- Surficial seabed sediment properties derived from seismic profiler responses.Davis, A, Haynes, R, Bennell, J & Huws, DG 2002, 'Surficial seabed sediment properties derived from seismic profiler responses.', Marine Geology, vol. 182, no. 1-2, pp. 209-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0025-3227(01)00235-3
- A nondestructive technique for predicting the in situ void ratio for marine sediments.Huws, D, Davis, A & Pryah, JR 2001, 'A nondestructive technique for predicting the in situ void ratio for marine sediments.', Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 333-346. https://doi.org/10.1080/10641190009353799
- Assessing the validity of seismo-acoustic predictor equations for obtaining seabed and sub-surface sediemnt physical propertiesSchnack-Fredrichsen, A, Davis, A, Bennell, JD & Huws, D 2001, 'Assessing the validity of seismo-acoustic predictor equations for obtaining seabed and sub-surface sediemnt physical properties', Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 221-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/106411901753335317
- A 500,000-year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia
- Countryside Council for Wales, PhD Student Bursary
- M.Sc. bursary for Applied Marine Geoscience M. Sc. programme