Professor in Geophysics
2003 PGCHET (2003, Queen's University Belfast, NI.); Ph.D. (2000, Aberystwyth University); Diplom-Geophysiker (1994, Institut für Geophysik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany)
Glaciology and Applied Geophysics
My research focuses on the use of applied geophysics to contribute to our understanding of the response of the world’s ice masses to past, present, and future climatic change, as well as to address related scientific problems of anthropogenic impact. Cryospheric research interests include:
- The physical mechanisms that control ice fracturing and rifting;
- The basal properties and processes that control fast and unstable flow of ice;
- The physical properties of ice that control present and past ice deformation and flow;
- Selected problems related to the glacial palaeo-record, periglacial processes, snow hydrology, contaminant dynamics in frozen ground, and geotechnical engineering and geo-hazards in glacial tills;
- Technical developments to maximise the usefulness of geophysical methods in the cryospheric sciences, focusing particularly on multi-component seismic reflection and seismic anisotropy, electrokinetic (seismoelectric and electrical self-potential), 4-D complex electrical resistivity, and slug test methods.
I am also very interested in the application of geophysical techniques to contaminated land problems and to hydrogeological problems, and the application of state-of-the-science geophysical techniques to archaeological problems.
My research combines fieldwork, laboratory work, and forward and inverse modelling. Novel developments are sought to integrate geophysical information with other scientific approaches, e.g. through joint inversion or Bayesian modelling, fostered by extensive collaboration with other UK and international institutions.