Present and recent positions

I am a lecturer in physical geography at the University of Exeter (Cornwall campus). I teach on a range of physical geography and environmental science courses, as well as being involved in widening participation and science outreach activities.

Prior to my appointment at Exeter I was a postdoctoral researcher affiliated to the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, and a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh. My research is in collaboration with University of Geneva, University of Edinburgh, University of Iceland as well as with companies, public bodies and independent researchers in Iceland.

Both my postdoctoral work (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Vegagerðin, Landsvirkjun and University of Iceland) and my PhD work (carried out in the Geography department at the University of Edinburgh and funded by the UK Natural Environmental Research Council) were focussed on reconstructing palaeojökulhlaup events from Icelandic subglacial volcanoes from geomorphological and sedimentological data using tephrochronology as the main dating tool. Most recently I have worked on characterising tephra deposits from Icelandic volcanoes to reconstruct past eruptions and model tephra dispersal and deposition patterns. These projects all feed in to volcanic hazard and risk assessment, which is an important practical impact of my research.

Please following the links to the right to find out more about my postdoctoral and PhD work.