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Dr Richard Huggett

Reader in Physical Geography

Richard's current research addresses four basic questions:

How is the environment put together?

This theme considers ecological worldviews. It explores individual environmental components and the interdependence among them (see Huggett 1995, 1997, 2002 below).

How does the environment change?

This theme investigates evolutionary worldviews. It considers the ideas of development and evolution applied to individual environmental components and to the ecosphere as a whole (see Huggett 1997 below).

How fast does the environment change?

This theme centres on the debate over catastrophism versus gradualism (see Huggett 1997, 2006).

How do ecology and evolution interact?

This theme probes the very difficult but intriguing issue of how the structure and function of environmental components is translated into evolutionary changes in the ecosphere (see Huggett 1995, 1997 below).

Recently completed Physical Geography: The Key Concepts (London: Routledge, 2010)

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Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology

The Quaternary environments and geoarchaeology research group was established in 2004 following the arrival of three new physical geographers at The University of Manchester. We share a common interest and passion for Earth surface system dynamics and climate change over a range of timescales.

Climate, climate change adaptation, Geography