School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Undergraduate Teaching


Earth Modelling and Prediction 2

A first year course intended to teach undergraduates calculus and differential equations in a geoscience context.

Earth Surface Systems

The largest course in the school of geosciences for all students in the geography, geology, and geology and physical geography degree programs. Covers a range of processes at the Earth's surface, concentrating on physical processes but also highlighting the biosphere and human interactions with the natural environment.

Eroding Landscapes

Geomorphology taught at the honours level. In 2nd year students learn what geomorphology is, in this course students learn how to engage in geomorphic research. We expose students not only to the latest research in fluvial and hillslope geomorphology, but also teach students to perform topographic analysis using GIS, create and manipulate simple computer models of landscape evolution, use a state of the art landscape evolution model (CHILD), and engage in field techniques that allow quantification of geomorphic rates and processes. We (Mikael Attal) and I) feel this course is excellent preparation for an undergraduate dissertation focusing on geomorphology.

Spain Field Course

A ten day residential field course in southern Spain, focusing on the Sorbas basin. Students look at both the geology of the region and the geomorphology of the region, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of drainage networks.

Previously taught courses

Tectonic Geomorphology

A fourth year course focusing on how tectonics and Earth surface processes interact. Organized by Linda Kirstein.

Inchnaddamph Field Course

A two week residential field course in Northwest Scotland, centred near Loch Assynt in the village of Inchnaddamph.


Some videos


I invite students to come and talk to me if they are interested in any questions relating to erosion, soil formation, or sediment transport (be it coastal, fluvial, on hillslopes, or under glaciers).