Dr Katherine Selby

Director of the School of Natural Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York

Katherine joined the Department of Environment and Geography in 2007, moving from the School of Geography at the University of Southampton.

She undertook her PhD at Coventry University investigating Late Quaternary sea-level changes on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and post-doctoral research at the University of Exeter examining lacustrine environments in central Ireland. Since then she has also held a lectureship at Bournemouth University.  Katherine was Deputy Head of the Department of Environment and Geography from 2015-2018 and Deputy Director of the School of Natural Sciences from 2018-2020.  Katherine is currently the Director of the School of Natural Sciences.  

Katherine has three broad research interests:

  • Reconstruction of past sea level changes
  • Environmental reconstruction of coastal areas and how these may have influenced cultural development
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using pollen and diatom analyses.

Katherine is a supervisor for 'Salt on the Screen', a DC Labs summer school project exploring innovative ways to present archaeological, archival and environmental evidence that reconstructs the history of salt production in Lincolnshire. The project, in association with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT) will help enhance the cultural and public appeal of the region, reaching new audiences using novel approaches.