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Department of Geography

Current Postgraduate Students

Mr Martin Brader

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41872
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 102

Contact Mr Martin Brader (email at m.d.brader@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

2007 - 2010: BSc (Hons) Geography (1st Class), Durham University.

2010 - 2011: MSc (by Research) Geography, Durham University.

2011 - Present: PhD Geography, Durham University

Current Research

Lateglacial to Holocene 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. At present, there are two contrasting hypotheses of the Icelandic glaciation, with very different resulting patterns of ice loading and associated relative sea-level (RSL) change. Investigating the contrasting ice loading scenarios is important, as the potential volume of meltwater from the LGM IIS would also vary between scenarios, leading to very different implications for global thermohaline circulation.

As a result, this research will investigate 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 will be achieved through a combination of accurate, high density RSL data and glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA) modelling. Isolation basin sites will be investigated in five areas of NW Iceland along two perpendicular transects, allowing regional patterns of RSL change to be identified and therefore the hypotheses of ice loading to be tested.

Previous Research

Postglacial relative sea-level change and deglaciation of Stykkishólmur, northern Snæfellsnes, Iceland (MSc Res)

Supervisors: Dr Jerry Lloyd, Prof. Mike Bentley

Comparatively little is currently known about the postglacial RSL changes of NW Iceland, with relatively few scientific studies having been undertaken in the region. 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.

Funding

  • 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

Conference Presentations

Brader, M. D.; Lloyd, J. M.; Bentley, M. J.; Newton, A. J. and Barlow, N. L. M. Postglacial relative sea-level change and the deglaciation of NW Iceland QRA@50, Jan 2014, RGS-IBG London (poster)

Brader, M. D.; Lloyd, J. M.; Bentley, M. J.; Newton, A. J. and Barlow, N. L. M. Postglacial relative sea-level change and the deglaciation of NW Iceland PSMSL 80th Anniversary Workshop, Oct 2013, Liverpool (poster)

Brader, M. D.; Lloyd, J. M., Bentley, M. J. and Newton, A. J. Reconstructing relative sea-level change to test models of the Last Glacial Maximum Icelandic Ice Sheet NEQUA Postgraduate Symposium, Feb 2013, University of Durham (talk)

Brader, M. D.; Lloyd, J. M. and Bentley, M. J. Postglacial relative sea-level changes and the deglaciation of the Stykkishólmur area, northern Snæfellsnes, Iceland QRA Postgraduate Symposium, Sept 2011, University of Durham (poster)

Memberships

Postgraduate member of:

  • Quaternary Research Association
  • International Glaciological Society
  • British Society for Geomorphology 

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