Jamie Maxwell




I am passionate about the natural environment around us and also about riding bicycles. My academic background is in Geology and Environmental science. I grew up in Lochaber, attending Lochaber High School and Lochaber College (now West Highland College). I then spent 10 years studying and working at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017, I moved back to Lochaber and shortly afterwards started lecturing in the School of Adventure Studies at West Highland College UHI. I hope I can share my passion for the natural environment around us and in doing so inspire more people to care about and take action to protect it.

Research background

Palaeoceanography (‘Palaeo’ meaning old/ancient + Oceanography = the study of how the ocean used to be) – specifically using ocean floor sediments (mud!) to investigate how our oceans have changed in the past. Our oceans form an important part of the global climate system, therefore understanding how they changed in the past will help us to understand the whole system in the future.

Teaching Responsibilities

Adventure Geography: the Scottish Perspective (module leader)

Geomorphology: a practical application (module leader)

Atmosphere, Weather & Climate (local tutor)

Event Planning & Organisation (local co-ordinator)

Work Placement Suite (local co-ordinator)

Dissertation supervisor

Academic Qualifications

PhD Atmospheric and Environmental Science (Oceanography) Edinburgh University

MSc (Res) Geoscience (Oceanography) Edinburgh University

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geoscience Edinburgh University

National Governing Body and other Awards/Positions held

British Cycling Level 2 mountain bike leader

Lochaber Environmental Group Bike Development Officer

Lochaber Geopark Director

Main outdoor interests

Bicycling. I enjoy riding bikes of any kind.

Swimming. I can often be found swimming round in circles in the swimming pool, and occasionally in open water.

Climbing. I have been known to go climbing. Preferably on a sunny day and an easy route.