Dr Melissa Chapot

Research Fellow - Investigating the Deep Roots of Human Behaviour

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Melissa received a BSc in Geology in 2010 from Utah State University. A Presidential Scholar and Undergraduate Research Fellow, she graduated with four years of experience as a technician at USU's luminescence dating laboratory and as a researcher engaged in several research projects applying luminescence dating in south-western US geo-archaeological studies.

In the summer of 2010, Melissa spent a few weeks at Ris? National Laboratory in Denmark using luminescence dating to estimate the age of a rockfall, thereby constraining the possible time window for the creation of the Great Gallery rock art panel in southern Utah.

Melissa came to Aberystwyth University in the autumn of 2010 and began an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship funded PhD programme investigating the upper age range limitations of quartz luminescence dating in Chinese loess. In October 2013 she was hired as a post-doctoral researcher by C3W and Aberystwyth University to research alluvial fan palaeoclimate records in the southern Arabian Peninsula as well as to unlock un-dateable records by extending the age range of quartz luminescence dating with novel techniques.

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Luminescence Dating
  • Landscape Evolution
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geomorphology
  • Palaeoclimate