Academic History

Lecturer in Physical Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth (2016-present)

Visiting Research Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth (2015-2016)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University (2012-2016)

Visiting Researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (2010-2011)



Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Plymouth, 2017

PhD, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, UK (2008-2012) “Quantitative controls on the routing of supraglacial meltwater to the bed of glaciers and ice sheets”

1st class BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee, UK (2004-2008). Dissertation: “A comparison of measured and modelled ablation for ice cliffs of varying orientation, Miage Glacier, Monte Bianco, Italian Alps”


Current teaching

Stage 4 tutor

GGX1200 – Geography Matters
GGX1201 – Introducing Geography 1: Society and Environment
GGX1202 – Practising Geography 1
GGX1203 – Introducing Geography 2: Changing Places
GGX1204 – Practising Geography 2

GGX2201 – Principles and Applications of Geography 1
GGX2202 – Principles and Applications of Geography 2
GGP2204 – Cold Environments (module leader)

GGX3200 – Dissertation in Geography (module leader)
GGX3201 – Advanced Fieldwork in Geography
GGX3203 – Work Based Learning in Geography
GEOL3002 – Earth Science Independent Research Project and Professional Skills

GEES506 – Climate Change: Science and Policy
GEES519 – Environmental knowledge: from field to stakeholder



Henry Irvine, “The impact of glacier retreat upon traditional Sami communities in Arctic Sweden: exploring the socio-cultural dimension of an emerging climate change related challenge”, University of Plymouth (PhD, September 2018 – present)

Caroline Coch, “Pathways and transit time of meltwater in the englacial drainage system of Rabots Glacier, Kebnekaise, Sweden”, Stockholm University (MSc, completed May 2014)

Ane LaBianca, “Spreading of petroleum products spilled in a glacier environment at Kebnekaise, Northern Sweden”, Stockholm University (MSc, completed June 2014)


Awards and Funding

RGS Environment and Sustainability Research Grant: £15000 to support work on “Release of legacy fallout radionuclides from retreating glaciers: co-producing ‘risk maps’ with the Sami to inform adaptations to an emerging threat in Arctic Sweden”. University of Plymouth, 2018 (co P.I.)

Seed project funding (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences): £5000 to support a workshop and sample analysis to assess the prevalence of fallout radionuclides across currently glaciated high latitude regions of the northern hemisphere. University of Plymouth, 2018 (P.I.).

QRA Quaternary Research Fund: £1250 to support fieldwork on “Accumulation of historical anthropogenic pollutants in the supraglacial environment: a case study on SE Iceland”, University of Plymouth, 2018 (P.I.).

INTERACT Transnational Access: €2926 to support fieldwork in Sweden on “Glacier Recession as a Source of Environmental Pollutants”, University of Plymouth, 2017 (P.I.).

Carl Tryggers Stiftelse för Vetenskaplig Forskning: 295500 SEK postdoctoral research grant on “A combined geomorphological and modelling approach to reconstructing the deglaciation of the last Scandinavian Ice Sheet”, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2014 (P.I.).

Bolin Climate Centre grant: 20000 SEK for collaborative ice sheet modelling work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA, 2013 (P.I.).

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship: £17000 for research on “Meltwater-enhanced sliding of glaciers: A predictive model for routing of surface meltwater to the base of the Greenland Ice Sheet” within a one year placement at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 2010 (P.I.).

AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award 2010, for “Modelling meltwater delivery to the ice-bed interface through full thickness fractures on outlet glaciers of the western Greenland Ice Sheet”

Royal Scottish Geographical Society University Medal 2008


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