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Elizabeth Young

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
PhD Student
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


I graduated from the University of Durham in 2010 with an MSci in Geoscience (Environmental Geoscience route). My Masters research project studied the effects of managed burning on carbon stores in upland peats. I started my PhD in 2011, working between the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee as a member of CECHR (the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience).

Current research interests

PhD Studentship

My PhD research investigates spatial and temporal variations in the sensitivity of machair soils and landforms on the island of South Uist, in the southern Outer Hebrides. The machair landscape provides an important habitat for many rare and endangered species, and is vulnerable to marine and aeolion erosion. Understanding variations in the soils and coastal geomorphology which influence sensitivity to erosion may contribute to improved management of the unique machair system.

Supervisors: Dr Sue Dawson (University of Dundee) and Dr Blair McKenzie (James Hutton Institute).


  • Young, E.J. (2012) Direct acquisition of elevation data using dGPS., In : Clarke, L.E. (ed.). Geomorphological Techniques, Chapter 2, Sec.1.3

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.