PhD Ulster University, 2006
MA Queens University Belfast, 1997
BSc Hons Ulster University, 1993
Wes teaches aspects of human, cultural and historical geography across the three-year geography degree programme.
He is also involved in teaching environmental management and conservation to geography and environmental science students.
Wes is a maritime archaeologist, with interests in the activities and economies of coastal communities in the medieval and post-medieval eras.
His research examines strategies for exploiting and utilising marine resources and their resulting effect on the coastal landscape. The discovery and documentation of a wide range of archaeological monuments surviving on our coasts has informed policy makers and facilitated legal protection to sites of cultural heritage.
In addition to research carried out at home, Wes has been active in north and east Africa working in regions affected by conflict, under-resourcing and neglect.