Matthew Bennett

Matthew R Bennett


In the 1990s Matthew worked on a range of Quaternary projects in the Arctic, as well as throughout the UK. He published widely on aspects of glaciology, sedimentology and geomorphology. In 2002 he joined Bournemouth University and Matthew started to work in Mexico on problems in Quaternary stratigraphy, environmental archaeology and volcanic hazards. During this time Matthew also ran a successful environmental consultancy firm at Bournemouth University. He was Dean of Applied Sciences 2007 to 2010. In 2007 he joined the Koobi Fora Field School and his work on the Ileret footprints was published in Science in 2009. Since then, and working extensively throughout Africa and Matthew has published widely on ancient footprints. In 2010 Matthew became Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at Bournemouth a post he held until 2014. In 2014 he wrote a research textbook on the study of human footprints. In 2015 he co-launched a research institute at Bournemouth University (Institute for Landscape Studies and Human Evolution). Matthew’s current research involves ecological modelling of hominin evolution using a range of landscape and agent based models. In 2015 Matthew was awarded an Innovation Grant by NERC to translate his footprint research in to a practical tool for use by forensic scientist. This project was supported by the UK Home Office and National Crime Agency and led to the launch of DigTrace ( in 2016.

Agents & Multi-Agent Systems Anthropology Biogeography Data Science Environmental Sciences Evolutionary Studies Paleontology Soil Science

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Professor of Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Bournemouth University
Institute for Study of Landscape and Human Evolution

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