Current Postgraduate Students
Dr Martin Brader
2007 - 2010: BSc (Hons) Geography, Durham University.
2010 - 2011: MSc (Res) Geography, Durham University.
2011 - 2015: PhD Geography, Durham University
Late Holocene palaeoseismology and plate segmentation of the Alaska 1964 rupture zone
I am currently a Research Associate on a project investigating the Late Holocene palaeoseismology and plate segmentation of the Alaska 1964 rupture zone. This research aims to explore the evidence for relative sea-level changes and past earthquakes on Shuyak Island, Alaska. The research involves a range of techniques including microfossil analyses, tephrochronology and sediment geochemistry.
Postglacial relative sea-level changes and the deglaciation of northwest Iceland (PhD)
Supervisors: Dr Jerry Lloyd, Prof. Mike Bentley, Dr Anthony Newton (Edinburgh), Dr Natasha Barlow
In comparison to Fennoscandia and Arctic Canada, the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) extent of the Icelandic Ice Sheet (IIS) is still relatively poorly constrained. An accurate understanding of LGM IIS configuration is important, as the potential volume of meltwater would also vary between ice loading scenarios, leading to very different implications for global thermohaline circulation.
As a result, this research investigated the postglacial RSL changes of northwest (NW) Iceland with the principal aim of resolving the current debates surrounding the ice loading history of the region. This was achieved through a combination of accurate, high density RSL data and glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA) modelling.
Lateglacial to Holocene relative sea-level changes in the Stykkishólmur area, northern Snæfellsnes, Iceland (MSc Res)
Supervisors: Dr Jerry Lloyd, Prof. Mike Bentley
This research aimed to provide an accurate reconstruction of the Lateglacial and Holocene RSL changes for northern Snæfellsnes. A series of six isolation basin and one raised marsh sites were investigated, alongside the mapping of the local marine limit, to provide a RSL curve for the region.
- Van Mildert College Principal's Award (2013) - £2000
- BSG Postgraduate Research Grant (2013) - £1000
- QRA New Researchers Award (2013) - £800
- RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award (2013) - £2000
- Durham University FoSS PhD Projects and Initiatives Scheme (2012) - £500
- Van Mildert College Travel Bursary Award (2012) - £500
- RGS Dudley Stamp Memorial Award (2012) - £500
- Durham University FoSS Fees Bursary (2010) - £3440
- Van Mildert College Postgraduate Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) - £2000 per award
Barlow, N. L. M.; Bentley, M. J.; Spada, G.; Evans, D. J. A.; Hansom, J.; Brader, M. D.; White, D. A.; Zander, A. and Berg, S. (2016) Testing models of ice cap extent, South Georgia, sub-Antarctic Quaternary Science Reviews Vol. 154 Pg. 157-168
Brader, M. D.; Lloyd, J. M.; Bentley, M. J. and Newton, A. J. (2015) Lateglacial to Holocene relative sea-level changes in the Stykkishólmur area, northern Snæfellsnes, Iceland Journal of Quaternary Science Vol. 30 No. 5 Pg. 497-507