A broad research theme, concerned both with the appearance of, and with the processes operating to form, the land-surface from whole landscapes down to individual landforms and geomorphological features and spanning timescales from the present day through to landscape dynamics over 102-106 years.
Specific attention is given to: high-mountainous regions, Dryland environments, and particular regions such as British Uplands, north Africa, the Mediterranean, the Himalaya and the southern African subcontinent. Research methods are equally varied with field-work based studies, often coupled with Geochronology, and/or Remote sensing GIS and Environmental Modelling. Landscape dynamics may also provide the backdrop to parts the interactions that humans have with the environment in the past and during present-day geohazards.
Who we are
Jason Dortch (Groups: QEG, EPRG)
Jason takes a whole systems approach to understanding how erosional processes interface to shape high-mountain landscapes. The use of catchment-wide erosion rates and low temperature thermochronology is instrumental in determining the rate of valley lowering and relief production.
Martin Evans (Group: EPRG)
Martin’s research into peatland geomorphology focuses on understanding the processes of peat erosion, peatland topography and on geomorphological controls on the biogeochemical functioning of peatland systems including the rates and fates of particulate carbon loss during peat erosion.
Phil Hughes (Group: QEG)
Phil’s research describes and explains the spatio-temporal dynamics of former glaciers in the Mediterranean mountains and British Isles and their wider palaeoclimatic significance. He has an expertise in stratigraphy, including morphostratigraphy and geomorphology.
Emma Shuttleworth (Group: EPRG)
Emma’s research focuses on understanding the key geomorphic processes that control sediment dynamics in eroding peatlands. She uses geochemical tracers and sediment source fingerprinting techniques to investigate sediment mobilisation, carbon cycling, and pollutant release.
Abi Stone (Groups: QEG, EPRG)
Abi investigates the dynamics of dryland landscapes using geochronological methods, and the long-term evolution of sand sea environments using sediment tracing methods. Her current focus is in southern Africa in the Namib Sand Sea and the Kalahari Desert.
Jamie Woodward (Group: QEG)
Jamie is a geomorphologist with particular interests in the nature and impacts of Quaternary environmental change in the Mediterranean and the Nile basin. He works in close collaboration with archaeologists and is interested in the interface between geography, geoscience and archaeology.
Current research projects
- Age and dynamics of the Namib Desert, including the Namib Sand Sea. PI Ian Livingstone (Northampton), Abi Stone
- Altitudinal zonation of erosional processes in the Nanda Devi Region, India. Kathleen Nesbit, Jason Dortch, Craig Dietsch (Cincinnati).
- Attempting rapid age assessment of dune sediments in the Namib Sand Sea using a portable luminescence reader. PI Abi Stone, Mark Bateman (Sheffield), David Thomas (Oxford)
- Developing a National Soil Erosion Monitoring programme. Martin Evans
- Does glaciation destroy or create relief in Scotland: Arran vs. Galloway Hills. Jason Dortch and Phil Hughes
- Floodplains as hotspots of fluvial carbon cycling. Danielle Alderson, Clair Goulsbra, Martin Evans
- Investigating the controls on the fluvial export of sediment associated lead and particulate carbon from eroding peatlands. Emma Shuttleworth, Martin Evans, James Rothwell
- Modelling topographically controlled peatland water table using LiDAR derived DEM’s and gully mapping. Martin Evans, Tim Allott, Emma Shuttleworth
- Provenance of the Kalahari Desert sediments. Abi Stone, PI Edo Garzanti (Milano, Italy)
- Spatio-temporal dynamics of former glaciers in the Morocco and the Pyrenees. Phil Hughes, David Fink (ANSTO)
- The impact of glaciation and climate change on landscape morphodynamics. Michelle Fame (V-Tech), PI Jim Spotilla (V-Tech), Lewis Owen (Cincinnati), Marc Caffee (Purdue), David Shuster (Berkeley), Jason Dortch