Ms Sarah Boyd

Ms Sarah Boyd

Project Officer

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Sarah graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a BSc. Geology (Hons.) in 2013, through which she developed strong skills in geological field mapping and geospatial analysis.  This lead to Sarah achieving an MSc. in Geographical Information Science (GIS) from The University of Manchester in 2014, graduating with distinction.  Sarah returned to St. Andrews in late 2017 to pursue her interests in combining geospatial science with geological field study and began a PhD investigating relative sea level changes since the Last Glacial Maximum, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Bates, Dr. Tim Raub and Dr. Tim Kinnaird. The project focused on unravelling the combined effect of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) and sea level changes on the coastline of Scotland.  The research combines GIS modelling and detailed field study, utilising both optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and radiocarbon dating of palaeo-shorelines.

Sarah first worked with SCAPE in 2019 when she undertook a 3 month internship with the SCAPE Trust and Dynamic Coast investigating historic coastal change around the Scottish coastline and testing models of coastal erosion susceptibility against a database of coastal heritage sites, and in 2021 Sarah joined the SCAPE team as Project Officer.

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