School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Current Students

Noorzalianee Ghazali

Noorzalianee is examining how mangroves attenuate storm waves in Malaysia.

Guillaume Goodwin

Guillaume is examining how sediment supply and waves affect salt marsh stability.

Louis Kinnear

Louis is examining how erosion rates and climate can affect clay production and carbon storage in soils.

Stuart Grieve

Stuart is working in North Carolina on understanding the controls on Debris Flows. His PhD is part of a collaboration involving T.C. Hales and Rob Parker at Cardiff University.

Click here to visit Stuart's homepage

Fiona Clubb

Fiona is using topography to detect tectonic activity. She has also been working on detection of channel heads using LiDAR data

Click here to visit Fiona's homepage

John Preston (co-supervised with Andy Dugmore)

John is exploring geomorphic contols on occupation and abandonment of Viking harbours.

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Former Students

Martin Hurst (NERC PhD, now at BGS)

Martin examined how transient channel incision rates propagate up channel networks and onto hillslopes, and how hillslope topography and soil thickness can be used to constrain the transient evolution of the channel network. His field site was the Feather River in the Sierra Nevada of California. More information can be found here.

David Milodowski (NERC PhD, now a postdoc in Mat Williams Ecology group)

Dave examined how vegetation and landscape evolution interact.

Click here to visit Dave's homepage


I advertise for potential studentships in October/November (click on this link and then click on scroll down might have to search for it). I am also always looking for quality applicants; if you have solid quantitative skills and are not afraid of computer programming (I will help you learn!) email me and we can discuss a custom designed PhD project. My PhDs ideally combine fieldwork and modeling. Potential projects relate to:
-Coupled geomorphic and geochemical evolution of soils
-Understanding sediment transport on hillslopes
-Developing methods to determine past erosion rates using cosmogenic radionuclides
-Understanding how salt marshes respond to sea level rise
The Land Surface Dynamics group at Edinburgh is large, active, and friendly so students have ample opportunity to interact with academic staff, fellows, postdocs, and students with similar interests.