School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Matthew Brolly

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BSc(Hons) Geophysics (Edinburgh)

MSc Archaeological Geophysics (Bradford)

Studying towards PhD "Radar Backscatter of Forests using a Macroecological Approach."

Institute: Geography


Room: 3.09 (Lewis Suite (Lower))
Address:  Geography Building, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP
Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 9170
FAX:  +44 (0) 131 650 2524

Degree Registered: PhD

Title of Research: Radar backscatter modelling of forests using a macroecological approach

Supervisor(s): 1. Dr. Iain Woodhouse

                      2. Dr. Maurizio Mencuccini

Research Group(s): 1. Edinburgh Earth Observatory


I attended St.Mary's RC High School in Grimsby between 1993 and 1998 where I completed my GCSE examinations. Following this I attended Franklin College Grimsby. While carrying out my A-Level studies I was playing football for Grimsby Town FC and made a handful of reserve team appearances before moving on in 2000. In 2000 I attended Edinburgh University to do the degree of Geophysics following the physics route and playing football at the same time. I was part of the Scottish Universities winning team of 2004 and received the player of the year award in the same year.

Following completion of my Geophysics degree I spent the summer working for the British Geological Survey under the guise of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. My work involved collecting and analysing soil samples throughout the Northern Irish landscape.

I attended Bradford University in the academic year beginning 2004 on the course "Archaeological Geophysics MSc". My dissertation was titled "An Investigation into the Improvement of the Visualisation of 3D Archaeological GPR Data.". At the same time I was a key member of the Bradford University Football team which were runners up in the Northern Universities League in 2005.

I spent two years working as a geophysicist for GSB Prospection Ltd., a mainly archaeological based company. As an employee of GSB Prospection Ltd. I also had the privilege of working on the television programme "Time Team".

My thirst for knowledge has led me back to University and the pursuit of a PhD. Below are two typical images which will become very familiar to me.

      3D Synthetic Aperture Radar A typical SAR acquisition


Remarkable Forest

                                                                                              Forest Canopy