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|Year||Degree, Job / University, Institution|
|2014||Honorary Professor, University of Dundee|
|2014||Senior Research Fellow (Emeritus), University of Aberdeen|
|2011||Director, Aberdeen University Institute for Coastal Science and Management|
|2005||Assistant Director, Aberdeen University Institute for Coastal Science and Management|
|1998||Professor of Quaternary Science, Coventry University|
|1979||PhD Geography, University of Edinburgh|
|1976||MSc Geography, Louisiana State University, USA|
|1974||BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Aberdeen|
Alastair has a range of research interests in geomorphology, coastal change, palaeoclimatology and weather history. He has published widely on aspects of Holocene landscape change with particular focus on cold climate coastal processes, shore platform development and relative sea level changes. An enduring research interest has focused on tsunami geoscience with a particular focus on tsunami stratigraphy and sedimentology. More recently he undertaken research on Scotland's weather and climate history making use of documentary archives and instrumental weather records to reconstruct patterns of weather and climate change for the last circa 400 years. His recent book, 'So Foul and Fair a Day: a history of Scotland's Weather and Climate' was nominated for a Saltire Award.
Researchers at the University of Dundee have published the first study looking at how Scotland was affected by one of the most important climatic events of the last millennium.