Professor Christine Lane

BSc (Cardiff), MSc (Royal Holloway), PhD (Oxon)

Director of Studies

College Roles

  • Director of Studies in Geography (MT)

University Roles

  • Professor of Physical Geography, Department of Geography
  • Professorial Fellow & Director of Studies, Corpus Christi College




  • 2019 – present, Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography, Corpus Christi College
  • 2016 – present, Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2014 – 2016 Lecturer in Quaternary Environmental Change, Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2012 – 2015 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Oxford / University of Manchester
  • 2009 – 2012 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford
  • 2005 – 2009 PhD Archaeological Science, University of Oxford
  • 2003 – 2004 MSc Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway University of London
  • 2000 – 2003 BSc (hons) Geology, Cardiff, University of Wales

Research Interests

Professor Christine Lane is a Quaternary Scientist studying the timing, mechanisms and spatial complexity of environmental change over the last ~2.5 million years. Christine is head of the Cambridge Tephra Laboratory in the Department of Geography where researchers from undergraduate to postdoctoral level study volcanic ash as a tool for dating past sedimentary and archaeological sequences and to better understand volcanic eruption hazards. In particular, Christine is interested in the role of changing climates and environments on hominin evolution and dispersal during the past. Her current research focus is on building Quaternary tephra records for volcanic regions of the East African Rift.