Dr Clare Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Clare Wilson

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About me

About me

I have been a lecturer in soil science at Stirling University since 2008 and senior lecturer since 2016. I teach a range of subjects linked to soil management and as an Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching I oversee the quality assurance of our teaching provision and provide strategic leadership on enhancing the student experience and developing student outcomes.

My research focuses on soil resilience and soils’ response to disturbance across seasonal to millennial timescales. My work explores the microscales relevant to soil processes and seeks to link these to soil function across landscapes. This enables me to understand past land management practices and explore the legacy of past human activity as it influences soil function today.

External Examiners and Validations

External Examiner Ulster University

External examiner for BSc Environmental Science, Ulster University

External Examiner SRUC
Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
External examiner for MSc programmes at SRUC: MSc Environmental Management and Protection MSc Soils and Sustainability


Other Project

EU COST Action Working Group Leader
https://www.saga-cost.eu/
EU COST Action (CA17131) The Soil science and Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance (SAGA). Working Group leader, WG1 Knowledge creation, exchange & development.


Professional membership

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Research (13)

My research focuses on soil resilience and soils’ response to disturbance across timescales that span from seasonal to millennial. I work from the microscale at which soil processes operate and seek to link these to changes in soil function at landscape scales. This enables me to understand past land management practices and explore the legacy of past human activity as it influences soil function today.

My research aims to:

  • understand how soils respond to anthropogenic and natural disturbance.
  • reconstruct and understand the impacts of past land management and human activity from the physical and chemical retained in cultural soils today,
  • recognise the implications of past soil management as it affects human health and environmental sustainability today.

Projects

Changing Coasts, Connecting Communities with their Heritage
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Dating, construction and function of cultivation terraces at Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: The British Academy

Cultural Landscape risk Identification, Management and Assessment
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Mitigation works on the field systems and cultural soils as part of the Jerah Forestry Plan
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Tilhill Forestry

European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant.
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Project Design for Preservation in situ guidance - soil moisture measurement
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: York Archaeological Trust

Multi-Chemical analysis of 100 sub-samples from Site 10 on Easington to Paull Pipeline, Nr Hull
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Oxford Archaeology

Integrating physical and chemical techniques to characterise soil micro-sites
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

International Travel Award
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Royal Society

Geoarchaeological investigations into Alum and copperas production at Poole
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Poole Harbour Heritage Project Ltd

Assessing spatial variability of C, Fe and AI concentrations as a means of understanding the stabilisation of soil organic carbon
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Eurosoil 2008.
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: Royal Society

Soil organic carbon and mineral stabilisation in paddy soils : field sampling in Sri Lanka
PI: Dr Clare Wilson
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

Outputs (46)

Outputs

Article

Usai MR, Pickering MD, Wilson C, Manunza MR, Garbi I, Pittoni E, Brothwell DR & Keely BJ (2018) Evidence from burial sediments for prehistoric burial practice and ritual in Monte Claro chambered tombs: Micromorphology, mineralogy and geochemistry. Journal of Archaeological Science, 100, pp. 139-147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2018.10.008

Article

Pickering MD, Ghislandi S, Usai MR, Wilson C, Connelly P, Brothwell DR & Keeley BJ (2018) Signatures of degraded body tissues and environmental conditions in grave soils from a Roman and an Anglo-Scandinavian age burial from Hungate, York. Journal of Archaeological Science, 99, pp. 87-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2018.08.007

Authored Book

Ballin TB, Saville A, Housley R, Tipping R, Bradley M, Wilson C, Lincoln P & MacLeod A (2018) Reindeer hunters at Howburn Farm, South Lanarkshire [A late Hamburgian settlement in southern Scotland - its lithic artefacts and natural environment]. Oxford: Archaeopress Archaeology.

Article

Amer M, Tyler A, Fouda T, Hunter P, Elmetwalli AMH, Wilson C & Vallejo-Marín M (2017) Spectral Characteristics for Estimation Heavy Metals Accumulation in Wheat Plants and Grain. Scientific Papers Series: Management, Economic Engineering and Rural Development, 17 (3), pp. 47-55. http://managementjournal.usamv.ro/index.php/scientific-papers/1451-spectral-characteristics-for-estimation-heavy-metals-accumulation-in-wheat-plants-and-grain-1451

Article

Vincent-Akpu IF, Tyler A, Wilson C & Mackinnon G (2015) Assessment of physicochemical properties and metal contents of water and sediments of Bodo Creek, Niger Delta, Nigeria. Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, 97 (2), pp. 135-144. https://doi.org/10.1080/02772248.2015.1041526

Article

Lelong O, Arabaolaza I, Booth T, Evans J, Evershed RP, Harris S, Hollund H, Keeley B, Lamb A, Pickering M, Pinder AP, Ramsay S, Walton Rogers P, Šoberl L, Wilson C & Wilson L (2014) Wrappings of power: a woman’s burial in cattle hide at Langwell Farm, Strath Oykel. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 144, pp. 65-132. http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-352-1/dissemination/pdf/vol_144/144_0065_0132.pdf

Book Chapter

Cresser M, Green S & Wilson C (2013) Soil pollution and abuse. In: Cresser M, Batty L, Boxall A & Adams C (eds.) Introduction to Environmental Science: earth and man. Harlow: Pearson, pp. 443-470. http://www.pearson.com.au/student/university/product-listing-page/product-details-page/?isbn=9780131789326

Book Chapter

Adderley WP, Wilson C, Simpson I & Davidson D (2010) Anthropogenic Features. In: Stoops G, Marcelino V & Mees F (eds.) Interpretation of micromorphological features of soils and regoliths. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 577-596. http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.editors/716493/description#description

Book Chapter

Blunn M, Cowie J, Cairns D, Wilson C & Davidson D (2007) Mobile decision making and knowledge management: supporting geoarchaelogists in the field. In: Cardoso J, Cordeiro J & Filipe J (eds.) ICEIS 2007 - Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems Volume AIDSS June 12-16, 2007, Funchal, Portugal. ICEIS - International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems conference series. Denmark: Interaction Design Foundation, pp. 57-62. http://www.interaction-design.org/references/conferences/iceis_2007_-_proceedings_of_the_ninth_international_conference_on_enterprise_information_systems_volume_aidss.html

Conference Proceeding

Tipping R, Tisdall E, Davies A, Wilson C & Yendell S (2007) Living with peat in the flow country: prehistoric farming communities and blanket peat spread at Oliclett, Caithness, northern Scotland. In: Barber J, Clark C, Cressey M, Crone A, Hale A, Henderson J, Housley R, Sands R, Sheridan A & Scottish WAP( (eds.) Archaeology from the Wetlands: Recent Perspectives: Proceedings of the 11th WARP Conference, Edinburgh 2005. WARP Occasional Papers. 11th Annual WARP conference, Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, pp. 165-173. http://www.socantscot.org/partnumber.asp?cid=&pnid=116854

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Simpson I, Adderley WP, McKenzie J & Wilson C (2006) Norse settlement and site formation in the Faroe Islands. NABO Conference: THE VIEW FROM HERE: History and Ecology of the North Atlantic Region, Université Laval, Québec, Canada, 20.09.2006-24.09.2006.