Meet our Staff

Our staff are dedicated to advancing your knowledge as you progress through your degree. All our academics are actively engaged in research at the cutting edge of their field, which directly feeds into what is taught to you in undergraduate modules.

Dr Ben Surridge

Ben is the lead Admissions Tutor, along with Oliver Wild, for all Environmental and Earth Science degrees at Lancaster. If you visit Lancaster at an Open Day or Applicant Visit Day, you will likely meet Ben! Should you have any questions about any of our degree schemes, feel free to ask him!

Ben’s research focuses on the biogeochemistry of water and soil ecosystems, including how human activity has altered the input of pollutants to these ecosystems. This research feeds directly into the Undergraduate modules that Ben teaches. He teaches on two third year modules, one focussed on sustainable water resource management and the other on river restoration as part of the Issues in Conservation Biology module.

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Dr Steve Lane

In addition to researching the physics of volcanoes, Steve is also the Programme Director for our Environmental and Earth Sciences degree schemes. As such, Steve is responsible for ensuring we offer an exciting and engaging portfolio of modules to students which are also sufficiently challenging in order to help you expand your knowledge in the area.

Steve also teaches a number of our undergraduate modules including volcanology and a field course to Mount Etna. As well as co-ordinating our flagship first year module, Global Environmental Challenges, Steve also teaches a numerical skills module to those students who have not studied A-level maths. 

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Dr Jackie Pates

Jackie is the Part I (first year) Director of Studies for our Environmental and Earth Sciences degree schemes. As such, Jackie is responsible for all of our first year students and, along with the Teaching Office or your Academic Advisor, will be your first point of contact should you have any issues or concerns.

Jackie’s research focusses around the use of radionuclide tracers to study marine and freshwater processes, and this feeds directly into her undergraduate teaching. As well as teaching an optional third year module on environmental radioactivity, Jackie also teaches a core second year module which will introduce you to the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and statistical techniques.

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