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Meet the team

Details about the key staff involved in delivering this course.
View of the green wall - part of the Department of Environment & Geography at the University of York
© David Rippin
This course has been brought to you through a collaboration between five colleagues from the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. Through our diverse areas of expertise, we are able to present this unique course that focuses on how we can tackle a range of environmental challenges so as to achieve a sustainable future.

David Rippin is a senior lecturer in physical geography and a glaciologist. His research focuses on trying to understand how glaciers move through the landscape and how their behaviour is altering as climate changes.

Bryce Stewart is a marine ecologist and fisheries biologist. His research is focused on the biology, impacts and management of scallop fisheries. A particular focus of his research has been on examining the utility of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). His work has had considerable influence on fisheries management policies in the United Kingdom.

Brett Salach is an environmental chemist and lecturer. His research focuses on the exposure, fate, bioavailability and impacts of chemicals in the environment as well as how best management practices and technologies can be used to reduce chemical risk.

Eleanor Jew is a lecturer in environment and development. Her research crosses over between the social and natural sciences to investigate relationships between the human and environmental systems, and how they can be managed to achieve both development and conservation goals.

Karen Parkhill is a senior lecturer in human geography. Her research interests span energy geographies and geographies of risk. She is interested in exploring how the public and stakeholders engage with and resists notions of low carbon lifestyles and low carbon transitions.


Josh Kirschner is a senior lecturer in human geography. His research focuses on urban development and climate planning and energy.

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