Department of Geography


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Linley Hastewell

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science
  • Role Title: Lead Technician & PhD Researcher
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2468
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Following a successful career with British Gas (Transco) and IBM, I decided on a change in direction, returning to university to study Marine Environmental Science. I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2008 with first class honours and was the recipient of the Ocean Scientific International project prize.

Following graduation I worked for Emu Limited as an Environmental Scientist where I specialised in issues relating to water quality. I was also heavily involved in the research & development of sediment tracing methods employed to better understand the spatial distribution of fine grained sediment spoils derived from the extraction of marine aggregates.

I joined the Department of Geography in 2010 as Lead Technician, now Specialist Technician, and have since been given the opportunity to complete a part-time PhD which I balance with my day-to-day technical role.

Teaching Responsibilities

Alongside my employment role I support Physical Geography teaching by contributing to the delivery of both laboratory and field based units from Level 4 to Level 6.

I contribute to the following units:

  • Practical Skills for Physical Geography
  • Geography Residential Field Class (Malta)
  • Environmental and Climate Change
  • Environmental Monitoring & Management
  • Applied Physical Geography


I am currently studying part-time towards a PhD researching the coastal processes that influence shore platform evolution. The erosional forces of continuous wave action and sub aerial weathering result in liberation of material, often at the shore platform edge. This process can be observed by the quarrying, transportation and deposition of large clasts (boulders) upon the platform. Using sites on the Isle of Wight and on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset temporal and spatial observations of platform erosion and evidence of deposition will be monitored using the GIS capabilities within the department. Additionally the use of historic aerial photography will be utilised to determine rates of erosion and historic transport and deposition of material.

I am also involved in academic research with Dr Robert Inkpen utilising laser scanning technology as a means of monitoring and mapping stone decay on heritage buildings and monuments.

With colleague, Dr Paul Farres, I have helped curate a collection of undisturbed vertical soil profiles (monoliths). These monoliths are used in academic teaching as a visual aid to demonstrate the factors influencing major soil forming processes. The collection currently includes soil monoliths collected from areas in Southern England and Northern Europe (Belgium and the Netherlands).

My PhD research stems from my interest in sediment tracing technologies and field work conducted in Malta with departmental colleagues investigating the ability of paleo/contemporary storm waves and tsunami to transport large coastal boulders.

My research focuses on the coastal processes that influence shore platform evolution namely the detachment, transport and deposition of boulders resulting from contemporary storm activity. Temporal and spatial observations of erosion events and incidents of mobility resulting from storm wave activity are being monitored and quantified using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags coupled with GPS technology.