Dr. Elizabeth Hurrell

Lecturer in Environmental Science

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM107

+44 (0) 1772 89 4154


Liz Hurrell is a lecturer in Environmental Science. She has teaching responsibilities for the undergraduate geography and environmental science programme. Liz’s research interests are in novel techniques for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, biogeochemical cycles, diatom isotopes and limnology. 

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Liz completed her PhD entitled ‘Climate change and biogeochemical cycles on East African mountains revealed by stable isotope of diatom frustules’ in 2009 with Lancaster University. The research formed part of the international CHALLACEA project (led by Prof. Dirk Verschuren) which focused on understanding East African climate change through the use of lake sediments. Following her PhD, Liz ran the Research Development Programme for the Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University and then became Learning Developer for the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University. These two roles enabled Liz to significantly develop her teaching skills and gain recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Liz is also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University on various Environmental Science modules. As a new lecturer at UCLan Liz is looking forward to actively returning to research whilst further developing her teaching role.


  • BSc Hon. First class, Physical Geography, Lancaster University, 2006
  • PhD, Geography, Lancaster University 

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Quaternary Research Association. 


Barker, Philip A., Hurrell, Elizabeth, Leng, Melanie J., Plessen, Birgit, Wolff, Christian, Conley, Daniel J., Keppens, Eddy, Milne, Isla, Cumming, Brian F. et al (2013) Carbon cycling within an East African lake revealed by the carbon isotope composition of diatom silica: a 25-ka record from Lake Challa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Quaternary Science Reviews, 66 . pp. 55-63. ISSN 0277-3791

Barker, P. A., Hurrell, Elizabeth, Leng, M. J., Wolff, C., Cocquyt, C., Sloane, H. J. and Verschuren, D. (2011) Seasonality in equatorial climate over the past 25 k.y. revealed by oxygen isotope records from Mount Kilimanjaro. Geology, 39 (12). pp. 1111-1114. ISSN 0091-7613

Hurrell, Elizabeth, Barker, Philip A., Leng, Melanie J., Vane, Christopher H., Wynn, Peter, Kendrick, Chris. P., Verschuren, Dirk and Alayne Street-Perrott, F. (2011) Developing a methodology for carbon isotope analysis of lacustrine diatoms. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25 (11). pp. 1567-1574. ISSN 0951-4198

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