Charlotte Slaymark

Charlotte Slaymark is a climate scientist, working as a research technician in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. Alongside her work as a research technician, Charlotte undertook and completed a PhD. In March 2023, she piloted a two-week Fieldwork residency at Sweeney’s Bothy to write up the last of her research.

Charlotte’s PhD research focussed on climate change, specifically studying the past climate of the UK, to gain a better understanding of how the climate system works here. She used radiocarbon dated lake sediments and the chemistry of the sediment to look at the conditions at the end of the last ice age.

As part of her residency, Charlotte gave a public talk about Scotland’s climate history at Eigg Community Hall. The talk, titled Scotland Under Ice: climate change since the last glaciation 22,000 years ago, explored maps and photographs that give evidence of the ice sheet that covered Scotland 22,000 years ago, and prompted discussion around how climate data can be retrieved from the landscape. 

In June 2024, Charlotte’s blog ‘Residencies are useful in STEM subjects’ was published online. The blog reflects on her residency experience and the benefits that residencies can offer to STEM subjects. You can read Charlotte’s blog here.

In August 2023, Charlotte marked the end of her PhD with a three-week mountain bike trip, inspired by research on the last ice sheet in Scotland. The route which she designed and named ‘The Ice Ride’, skirts the outline of an ice sheet that spanned the Northern and Western Highlands approximately 12,000 years ago; from the Fisherfield Forest in Wester Ross all the way to Loch Lomond. The route took in some of Scotland’s most impressive glacial landscapes and was documented by analogue photography, due to be exhibited in Glasgow in 2024. Updates of the trip will be shared on social media.

Charlotte studied chemistry at the University of Glasgow, worked for cycle charities for a few years and after a summer placement at SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre) in a research lab, sought out a job working in climate and environmental research.

This residency was supported by the University of Glasgow.





Above image: Charlotte working in the lab with a sample of coralline algae and marine sediments. Image by Hamish Frost.