- Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Physical Geography, St John's College
- Member of the Landscape Dynamics research cluster
Dr Jenny Richards is a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Physical Geography at St John's College, Oxford. She recently completed her DPhil at the School of Geography and the Environment and held a studentship from the SEAHA (science and engineering in arts heritage and archaeology) Centre of Doctoral Training funded by EPSRC to undertake heritage science research. Jenny read Geography at Oxford University and has an MRes in heritage science from UCL. She has also undertaken research at Adelaide University.
Jenny is interested in how environmental processes shape the landscape around us and how they interact with heritage sites. Environmental conditions (e.g. wind and rain) can alter natural and man-made materials through processes such as weathering. At cultural heritage sites, these interactions can cause the loss of historic material as well as impacting other heritage values.
As part of her research, Jenny works in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute and uses a combination of modelling, laboratory and field methods to investigate deterioration processes at heritage sites located in dryland regions. By increasing our understanding of these interactions, her research tries to inform and suggest potential conservation strategies.
- Richards, J., Bailey, R., Mayaud, J., Viles, H., Guo, Q. and Wang, X. (2020) Deterioration risk of dryland earthen heritage sites facing future climatic uncertainty. Scientific Reports, 10. 16419.
- Richards, J., Mayaud, J., Zhan, H., Wu, F., Bailey, R. and Viles, H. (2020) Modelling the risk of deterioration at earthen heritage sites in drylands. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45(11): 2401-2416.
- Richards, J., Tibby, J., Barr, C. and Goonan, P. (2020) Effect of substrate type on diatom-based water quality assessments in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia. Hydrobiologia, 847: 3077-3090.
- Richards, J., Viles, H. and Guo, Q. (2020) The importance of wind as a driver of earthen heritage deterioration in dryland environments. Geomorphology, 369. 107363.
- Richards, J., Orr, S.A. and Viles, H.A. (2019) Reconceptualising the relationships between heritage and environment within an Earth System Science framework. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development.
- Richards, J., Zhao, G., Zhang, H. and Viles, H. (2019) A controlled field experiment to investigate the deterioration of earthen heritage by wind and rain. Heritage Science, 7, 51.
- Tibby, J., Barr, C., Marshall, J.C., Richards, J., Perna, C., Fluin, J. and Cadd, H.R. (2019) Assessing the relative impacts of land‐use change and river regulation on Burdekin River (Australia) floodplain wetlands. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.
- Tibby, J., Richards, J., Tyler, J., Barr, C., Fluin, J. and Goonan, P. (2019) Diatom-water quality thresholds in South Australia in streams indicate the need for more stringent water quality guidelines. Marine and Freshwater Research, 71(8): 942-952.
- Richards, J., Wang, Y., Orr, S.A. and Viles, H. (2018) Finding Common Ground between United Kingdom Based and Chinese Approaches to Earthen Heritage Conservation. Sustainability, 10(9).