Staff and Quality Assurance

Professor Mike Walker (second from right), with other UWLAS staff and clients, coring a site on the western margin of Llyn Llech Owain
Dr Ros Coard investigating an Iron Age skeleton found lying in estuarine sediments beneath the Newport medieval ship

Work in environmental archaeology is undertaken by the following team of specialists:

Dr Roderick Bale BA (Wales), PhD (Swansea) – Dendrochronology
Dr Martin Bates BSc, PhD (London) – Geoarchaeology and sedimentary stratigraphy
 BA (Wales), PG Dip, PhD (Wales), MRHistS, MIfA, FHEA – GIS and survey
Ms Astrid Caseldine BSc (St Andrews), PGCE (Moray House, Edinburgh) – Plant macrofossils and pollen analysis
Dr Ros Coard BA, PhD (Sheffield) – Faunal and human remains
Dr John Crowther MA (Cambridge), PhD (Hull) – Soil/sediment analysis
Kate Griffiths BA (Wales), MSc (Sheffield) – Plant macrofossils
Professor Nigel Nayling BA (Durham), MA (Bradford), MIFA – Dendrochronology and nautical/ underwater archaeology
Prof Michael Walker (Professor Emeritus of Quaternary Science) BA (Oxford), MSc (Calgary), PhD (Edinburgh), FSA – Pollen analysis


All work is undertaken to the highest standards using approved procedures/methods and is carried out or supervised by staff who have national or international reputations for research in their specific area(s) of expertise. In REF 2014, for example, 84% of research output in the areas of geography, environmental studies and archaeology were deemed to be internationally recognised or better, with 14% being world-leading; and 70% of research in these areas was judged to have had at least a considerable impact, with the impact in 20% of cases being very considerable.

Our work is very strongly client-focused, recognising the need for:

  • strict confidentiality, where this is required
  • authoritative, high-quality, yet cost-effective work
  • initial help/advice in project design
  • close liaison at all stages of a project
  • meeting agreed deadlines for completion of work/reporting