Dr Burrough is a National Geographic Explorer and Trapnell Fellow of African Environments at the University of Oxford (click here for her institutional webpage).
As a Quaternary (last ~2 million years of earth's history) scientist, she investigates how the landscapes and ecosystems of African drylands have responded to climate variability over long timescales.
She also studies the impact of past environmental change on ancient humans and when and how our ancestors used the savanna and lake systems of central southern Africa over the last 200,000 years.
Megalake records of Kalahari climate change. [Supported by a National Geographic Global Exploration Fund and the John Fell Fund]
Landscape archaeology of the Kalahari: How did major hydrological shifts affect Stone Age mobility and landscape use in the late Quaternary? [Funded by the Leverhulme Trust]
TILAKA: Testing the importance of lake-climate feedbacks for African hydroclimate variability. [Funded by the Leverhulme Trust]
PotASH: Palaeolakes of the Arid Southern Hemisphere [Funded by the International Union for Quaternary Research]
How to date the desert: Optically Stimulated Luminescence and desert dune dynamics. [With funding contributions from the Quaternary Research Association]
Burrough SL (2016) Late Quaternary environmental change and human occupation of the southern African interior in Jones, S & Stewart B (Eds) Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments. Springer
Singarayer JS & Burrough SL, (2015) Inter hemispheric dynamics of the African rainbelt during the late Quaternary. Quaternary Science Reviews 124, 48-67
Burrough SL & Willis KJ (2015) Ecosystem resilience to late-Holocene climate change in the Upper Zambezi Valley. The Holocene
Burrough SL Thomas DSG Willis KJ (2014) Landscape sensitivity and ecological change in western Zambia. The long-term perspective from a Zambian dambo. Journal of Quaternary Science 30 (1), 44-58
Click here for a full list of publications
Deputy Director, Oxford Luminescence Dating (OLD) Laboratory, University of Oxford
Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford
Scientific Advisory Board Member, Humans and the Biosphere, International Union for Quaternary Science
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society
Research Associate at the Long-term Ecology Laboratory, Oxford.
Download a brief CV here
7 minutes on past climates in southern Africa
A day in the Geolife Series