Prof Simon Haslett

Prof Simon Haslett BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor

Cardiff

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 375060
E-mail: s.haslett@wales.ac.uk

simon haslett

Member of Senior Management at the University of Wales.

Simon Haslett is Professor of Physical Geography and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales. He has published a number of books, over 100 scientific articles, and is also a broadcaster and appears regularly on television, radio and writes articles in the popular press. He is Co-editor of the journal Atlantic Geology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Coastal Research.

Professor Haslett has had a career in higher education spanning over 20 years and has worked at the University of East Anglia, Durham University, Bath Spa University, and the University of Wales, Newport (now University of South Wales), where he still retains a Visiting Professorship in Pedagogic Research. Currently, he is also Visiting Professor at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and the University of Malaya.

He has held other visiting researcher positions at the University of Wales College Cardiff (now Cardiff University), the University of Wollongong (Australia), and the University of California, San Diego (USA), where he held a Fulbright Scholarship.

His research and teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels include:

  • Coastal geomorphology and hazards
  • Quaternary science
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Research-teaching links 
  • Scholarship of learning and teaching.

Professor Haslett’s geoscience research interests lie in the broad field of Quaternary Oceanography. Under this heading, research sub-themes are

a) records of Quaternary environmental change from marine sediments

b) Quaternary sea-level change

c) Geomorphological response of coastal sedimentary systems to Quaternary sea-level change

d) impacts of coastal hazards during the Holocene, such as tsunami.

Current field sites include eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, southwest Britain, northwest France, and eastern Australia.

Consultancy activities includes palaeoenvironmental analysis for archaeological excavation reports.

Selected publications

Allen, J. R. L., & Haslett, S. K., 2013. Salt-marsh evolution at Northwick and Aust Warths, Severn Estuary, UK: a case of constrained autocyclicity. Atlantic Geology, in press.

Haslett, S. K., 2013. Foraminifera analysis. In Bell, M. The Bronze Age in the Severn Estuary. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 172, in press.

Allen, J. R. L., and Haslett, S. K., 2013. Salt marsh autocyclic development in the Severn Estuary, UK. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, in press.

Schaaf, R., Skellern, A., Haslett, S. K., and Norcliffe, D., 2012. Google Earth and sustainable development education in human and physical geography. Planet (HEA-GEES Subject Centre), No. 26, 8-14.

Haslett, S. K., 2012. Clues to catastrophe: discovering evidence for tsunamis around Britain’s coast. Ocean Challenge, 19, Spring, 25-30.

Haslett, S. K., 2011. Holocene sedimentation in a pericoastal river system (South Wales, UK): relationship to sea level, human activity, and coastal sediment influx. In: A. G. Brown, L. S. Basell, & K. W. Butzer (eds) Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability. Geological Society of America Special Paper 476, 93-103.

Haslett, S. K., & Wallen, J., 2011. A component-based approach to open educational resources in climate change education. Planet (HEA-GEES Subject Centre), 24, 89-92.

Haslett, S. K., France, D. & Gedye, S. (eds), 2011. Pedagogy of Climate Change. Higher Education Academy, York.

Haslett, S. K., Skellern, A., Chilcott, M., & Longman, D., 2011. Climate change education through a blended learning Google Earth exercise. In: Haslett, S. K., France, D. & Gedye, S. (eds) Pedagogy of Climate Change. Higher Education Academy, York 112-127.

Glover, A., Peters, C. and Haslett, S. K., 2011. Education for sustainable development and global citizenship: an evaluation of the validity of the STAUNCH auditing tool. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 12, 125-144.

Switzer, A. D., Mamo, B.L., Dominey-Howes, D., Strotz, L.C., Courtney, C. Jones, B.G., Haslett, S.K. & Everett, D.M., 2011. On the Possible Origins of an Unusual (Mid to Late Holocene) Coastal Deposit, Old Punt Bay, South-East Australia. Geographical Research, 49 (4), 408-430.

Haslett, S. K., Davies-Burrows, R., Panayotou, K., Jones, B. G. & Woodroffe, C. D., 2010. Holocene evolution of the Minnamurra River estuary, southeast Australia: foraminiferal evidence. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 54, Suppl. 3, 79-98.

Scheffers, A., Kelletat, D., Haslett, S., Scheffers, S. and Browne, T., 2010. Coastal boulder deposits in Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, western Ireland. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 54, Suppl. 3, 247-279.

Chilcott, M., & Haslett, S. K., 2010. Climate change and sustainable development education through the lens of Google Earth. Teaching Earth Sciences, 35 (1), 20-23.

Haslett, S. K. (ed.), 2010. Linking research and teaching in Wales. Higher Education Academy, York, 72pp.

Bryant, E., Haslett, S. K., Scheffers, S., Scheffers, A., & Kelletat, D., 2010. Tsunami Chronology supporting Late Holocene Impacts. Journal of Siberian Federal University, Engineering & Technologies, 3 (1), 63-71.

Abbott, D. H., Gerard-Little, P., Coste, Sa., Coste, St., Breger, D., Haslett, S. K., 2010. Exotic Grains in a Core from Cornwall, NY - Do They Have an Impact Source? Journal of Siberian Federal University, Engineering & Technologies, 3 (1), 5-29.

Haslett, S. K., & Rowlands, H. (eds), 2010. Enhancing research-teaching links in Higher Education. University of Wales, Newport, 132pp.

Haslett, S. K., & Pinder, J. M. (eds), 2010. Regeneration and Learning: Continuity, Change and Community. University of Wales, Newport, 76pp.

Haslett, S. K., 2009. Higher Education conference attendance and engagement with the scholarship of learning and teaching. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 1,65-73.

Haslett, S. K., 2009. Prior use of Google Earth by undergraduate Geography students. Planet (Higher Education Academy-Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Subject Centre Journal), No. 22, 43-47.

Haslett, S. K., & Bryant, E. A., 2009. Internet accounts of natural disasters: undergraduate student analysis of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. In: S. K. Haslett & H. Rowlands (eds) Linking research and teaching in Higher Education. University of Wales, Newport, 147-155.

Haslett, S. K., Mellor, H. E., & Bryant, E. A., 2009. Meteo-tsunami hazard associated with summer thunderstorms in the United Kingdom. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 34, 1016-1022 (doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2009.10.005)

Haslett, S. K., & Bryant, E. A., 2009. Meteorological tsunami in southern Britain: an historic review. Geographical Review, 99, 146-163.

Haslett, S. K., 2009. Unpicking the links between research and teaching in Higher Education. Newport CELT Journal, 2, 1-4.

Haslett, S. K., & Rowlands, H. (eds) 2009. Linking research and teaching in Higher Education. University of Wales, Newport, 200pp.

Haslett, S. K., 2008. Coastal Systems (2nd Edition). Routledge, London and New York, 240pp.

Haslett, S. K., 2008. 400 Years On! Report of a public conference commemorating the 400th anniversary of the 1607 flood in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary, UK. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 18 (for 2007), 115-118.

Haslett, S. K. & Bryant, E. A., 2008. Historic tsunami in Britain since AD 1000: a review. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 8, 587-601.

Skellern, A. R., Haslett, S. K., & Open, S. P., 2008. The potential area affected by the 1607 flood event in the Severn Estuary, UK: a preliminary investigation. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 18 (for 2007), 59-65.

Haslett, S. K., & Bryant, E. A., 2007. Evidence for historic coastal high energy wave impact (tsunami?) in North Wales, United Kingdom. Atlantic Geology, 43, 137-147.

Haslett, S. K., 2007. The distribution of foraminifera in surface sediments of the Clyde River Estuary and Bateman’s Bay (New South Wales, Australia). Revista Española de Micropaleontologia, 39, 63-70.

Haslett, S. K., & Bryant, E. A., 2007. Reconnaissance of historic (post-AD 1000) high-energy deposits along the Atlantic coasts of southwest Britain, Ireland and Brittany, France. Marine Geology, 242, 207-220: doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2007.01.011

Allen, J. R. L., & Haslett, S. K., 2007. A wooden fishtrap in the Severn Estuary at Northwick Oaze, South Gloucestershire. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 17 (for 2006), 169-173.

Bryant, E. A., & Haslett, S. K., 2007. Catastrophic wave erosion, Bristol Channel, United Kingdom: impact of tsunami? Journal of Geology, 115, 253-269.

Allen, J. R. L., & Haslett, S. K., 2007. The Holocene estuarine sequence at Redwick, Welsh Severn Estuary Levels, UK: the character and role of silts. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 118, 157-185.

Winlow, K., Simm, D., & Haslett, S., 2007. Extended work-related placements in developing countries: supporting remote learning and assessment. Planet (HEA-GEES Subject Centre), No. 18, 28-32.

Haslett, S. K., 2007. Archaeologically-dated  horizons in Olway Valley floodplain alluvium at Usk (Gwent, UK). The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 23, 3-11.

Allen, J. R. L., & Haslett, S. K., 2006. Granulometric characterization and evaluation of annually banded mid-Holocene estuarine silts, Welsh Severn Estuary (UK): coastal change, sea level and climate. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25, 1418-1446.

Allen, J. R. L., Haslett, S. K., & Rinkel, B. E., 2006. Holocene tidal palaeochannels, Severn Estuary Levels, UK: a search for granulometric and foraminiferal criteria. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 117, 329-344.

Haslett, S. K., Davies, P., Eales, C. P., Vowles, E. M., & Williams, H. O., 2006. Variability in the Holocene lithostratigraphy of the Somerset Levels, UK. In: C. O. Hunt & S. K. Haslett (eds) The Quaternary of Somerset: field guide. Quaternary Research Association, Cambridge, 44-52 (refs 205-236).

Davies, P., Haslett, S. K., Lewis, J. & Reeves, S., 2006. Tufa deposits and archaeology in the Mendip area, Somerset. In: C. O. Hunt & S. K. Haslett (eds) The Quaternary of Somerset: field guide. Quaternary Research Association, Cambridge, 57-66 (refs 205-236).

Hunt, C. O. & Haslett, S. K. (eds), 2006. Quaternary of Somerset: field guide. Quaternary Research Association, London, 236pp.

Haslett, S. K. & Davies, C. F. C., 2006. Late Quaternary climate-ocean links in western North Africa: offshore geochemical evidence. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 31, 34-52.

Haslett, S. K., & Smart, C. W., 2006. Late Quaternary upwelling offshore northwest Africa: new micropalaeontological evidence. Journal of Quaternary Science, 21, 259-269.

Haslett, S. K., 2006. Topographic variation of an estuarine salt marsh: Northwick Warth (Severn Estuary, UK). Bath Spa University Occasional Papers in Geography, 3, 1-17.

Haslett, S. K., 2005. Holocene floodplain sediments and associated archaeology of the Olway Valley (Gwent, UK): an excavation report. The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 21, 5-20.

Haslett, S. K., & Bryant, E. A., 2005. The AD 1607 coastal flood in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary: historical records from Devon and Cornwall. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 15 (for 2004), 81-89.

Jones, J., Tinsley, H., McDonnell, R., Cameron, N., Haslett, S., & Smith, D., 2005. Mid Holocene coastal environments from Minehead Beach, Somerset, UK. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 15 (for 2004), 49-69.

Haslett, S. K., 2004. Late Neogene-Quaternary radiolarian biostratigraphy: a brief review. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 23, 1-9.

Haslett, S. K., 2003. Upwelling-related distribution patterns of radiolarians in Holocene surface sediments of the eastern equatorial Pacific. Revista Española de Micropaleontologia, 35, 345-361.

Bell, M., Allen, J. R. L., Buckley, S., Dark, P., & Haslett, S. K., 2003. Mesolithic to neolithic coastal environmental change: excavations at Goldcliff East, 2002. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 13 (for 2002), 1-29.

Bryant, E. A., & Haslett, S. K., 2003. Was the AD 1607 coastal flooding event in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel (UK) due to a tsunami? Archaeology in the Severn Estuary, 13 (for 2002), 163-167.

Haslett, S. K., 2003. Early to Mid-Holocene (Mesolithic-Neolithic) development of the Olway Valley (central Gwent, UK) and its archaeological potential. The Monmouthshire Antiquary, 19, 3-19.

Haslett, S. K., 2003. Foraminifera analysis of the Middle Jurassic reptile bearing deposits of Hornsleasow Quarry, Gloucestershire: a biostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental analysis. Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists' Field Club, 42(3), 187-190.

Haslett, S. K., Cundy, A. B., Davies, C. F. C., Powell, E. S., & Croudace, I. W., 2003. Salt marsh sedimentation over the past c. 120 years along the west Cotentin coast of Normandy (France): relationship to sea-level rise and sediment supply. Journal of Coastal Research, 19, 609-620.

External Committees

Higher Education Academy Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Network member

Higher Education Academy Future Directions Steering Group member

Higher Education Academy Internationalisation Advisory Group member

Higher Education Academy Welsh Institutional Group member

Higher Education Wales Open Educational Resources/Practices Expert Group member

Higher Education Wales Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching Advisory Group member

Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set Chair

Grants Awarded

February 2013. Quality Enhancement Initiatives ‘For our Future’ from the Higher Education Academy.

July 2012: “STEM Employer Engagement and Workforce up skilling in the south Wales valleys”. Grant from the HE STEM Programme.

January 2012: “Embedding Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in STEM subject curricula in Wales” Grant from joint HE STEM and Higher Education Academy Programme.

November 2009: awarded Higher Education Academy (Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Subject Centre) Grant for International undergraduate research.

March 2009: Open Educational Resource, Higher Education/Joint Information Systems Committee Grant.

July 2008: awarded Higher Education Academy (Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Subject Centre) Grant for Google Earth as a learning resource in sustainable development education.

November 2006: Bath Spa University Innovation Award.

September 2005: awarded Higher Education Academy (Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Subject Centre) Grant for Extended international work-related placements: the challenges of supporting remote learning and assessment.

August 2003: awarded NERC Ocean Drilling Program Rapid Response Grant to investigate Late Quaternary climate-ocean links offshore NW Africa.

January 2001: collaborator on NERC Grant to investigate Mesolithic to Neoloithic coastal environmental change c. 6500-3500 Cal BC: integrating the role and chronology of human agency and natural disturbance factors.

August 2000: awarded NERC Ocean Drilling Program Rapid Response Grant for investigating Palaeoceanographic changes since the Last Glacial Maximum in the Panama Basin (Eastern Equatorial Pacific).

June 1999: awarded a NERC Grant for investigating Timing and rates of Holocene relative sea-level change in the Somerset Levels (UK) and associated coastal environmental change.

Conferences & Meetings Organised

Research-Teaching Practice in Higher Education, 9-10th September 2013, University of Wales, Gregynog Hall (in association with the Higher Education Academy and the Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set).

International Education Conference, University of Wales, Cardiff, May 2012.

Research-Teaching Practice in Higher Education, 13-14th September 2011, University of Wales, Gregynog Hall (in association with the Higher Education Academy).

Wrexham Science Festival, Academic Day, 14th July 2011, Glyndwr University.

Newport NEXUS Conference, 14 and 15th June 2010, University of Wales, Newport.

Higher Education Academy Linking Research and Teaching in Wales Conference, Gregynog Hall, Newtown, 1-2 Sept 2009.

Newport NEXUS Conference, 15 and 16th June 2009, University of Wales, Newport.

400 Years On! Public Conference to commemorate the 1607 flood. University of Wales, Newport, 27th January 2007.

Convenor of the International Quaternary Union and Quaternary Research Association Annual Field Meeting held in Cheddar, Somerset, 2nd-8th April 2006.

Convenor of IGCP 437 Coastal Environmental Change During Sea-Level Highstands, UK Working Group Field Meeting, held at Bath Spa University College, 8-10th May 2002.

Co-convened the Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee Annual General Meeting on 10th November 2001 at Bath Spa University College.

Convenor of Quaternary Geology of the Severn Basin on behalf of the Western Regional Group of the Geological Society of London, 12th September 2000 at Bath Spa University College.

Convenor of Silicofossil Meeting on behalf of the British Micropalaeontological Society, 8th September 1999 at Bath Spa University College.

I was Treasurer on the organising committee of the IGCP Project 367 Symposium "Late Quaternary Coastal Records of Rapid Change", held in Scotland in September 1994.

Convenor of the British Micropalaeontological Society Siliceous Microfossil Meeting held at the University of East Anglia in July 1992.