Robyn Claire Pinder

BSc Geography, University of Southampton

MSc Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway, University of London

 Robyn Claire Pinder


Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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Robyn undertook a BSc in Geography at the University of Southampton where she developed a keen interest in Quaternary Science. She subsequently studied for an MSc in Quaternary Science at the Centre for Quaternary Research at Royal Holloway, University of London during 2014-2015 where she found an enthusiasm for developing chronologies, specifically using luminescence dating. Her dissertation was entitled “Testing the applicability of optically stimulated luminescence dating to marine sediments”, which was awarded the Philippa Holmes Memorial Prize.

Robyn is an AberDoc funded PhD student working on the development of luminescence dating and its application to the Middle Stone Age site of Florisbad, South Africa. The aim of her project is to provide a revised and complete chronology for the archaeological record at Florisbad using novel luminescence dating methods.

Supervisors: Professor Geoff Duller and Professor Helen Roberts



  • GG21710 Analysis of Geographical Data (Demonstrator)
  • EA10210 Life on Earth (Demonstrator)


  • GG21710 Analysis of Geographical Data (Demonstrator)



Armitage, S.J. and Pinder, R.C. 2017. Testing the applicability of optically stimulated luminescence dating to Ocean Drilling Program cores. Quaternary Geochronology, 39, 124-130

Research Interests

  • Quaternary Science
  • Luminescence dating
  • Developing chronologies
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Palaeoenvironments/palaeoclimates

Group Affiliation

Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory

Quaternary Environmental Change Research Group


Duller, GAT, Roberts, HM & Pinder, RC 2019, 'A method for routinely monitoring the reproducibility of thermal pretreatment prior to optically stimulated luminescence measurements', Radiation Measurements.
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