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More about the people that make up our Geography department.

Research by Manchester geographers sets national and international research agendas in human and physical geography.

Around half of our staff hold editorial or editorial board positions in leading international journals in Geography and cognate fields, including the editorship of:

  • Antipode and Progress (human geography)
  • specialist journals in physical geography, geoscience and geoarchaeology
  • The Journal of the Geological Society.

Recent landmark appointments of highly productive, senior scholars have contributed to:

  • a vibrant scholarly environment
  • an expansion in research income
  • growth in the number of postgraduates.

Academic staff

Honorary and visiting fellows

Teaching and research associates

  • Dr Thomas Bishop  - Laboratory Technician
  • Dr Matthew Dennis - Research Associate
  • Dr Chris Martin - Research Associate
  • Dr Filippo Menga - Marie Curie Research Fellow
  • Mr John Moore - Senior Research Technician
  • Dr Laura Potinger - Senior Tutor / Research Associate
  • Dr Emma Shuttleworth - Research Associate
  • Dr Cristina Temenos - Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Dr Harriet Thomson - Research Associate
  • Jonathan Yarwood - Laboratory Technician

Laboratory technicians

  • Tom Bishop

    Tom Bishop, Laboratory Technician

    Tom was an undergraduate at Manchester, and wrote his doctoral thesis at the University of Southampton in 2009. He has been a laboratory technician since 2014. He is a member of the Institute of Science and Technology, as well as the Quaternary Research Association, and is a fellow of Royal Geographical Association.


  • John Moore

    John Moore, Senior Research Technician

    John is responsible for managing the six physical geography laboratories, analytical instruments and environmental field monitoring equipment. This includes ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IC, TOC, Laser Granulometer, Elemental Analyser, and one of only three UK-based ITRAX Core Scanners.


  • Jon Yarwood

    Jon Yarwood, Laboratory Technician

    Jon is an operator of our various laboratory equipment, principally the ICP-MS, ICP-OES, TOC-V, CHNS, and IC, as well as Itrax and Nex-CG XRF analysers. He also works out in the field, assisting with operation of field equipment with coring and geochemistry, and piloting our Q-Pod UAV.