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Durham University

Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr David Small

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43478
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 401

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Research Overview

My research focuses on understanding how ice sheets have responded to past climate change with the aim of providing information that can help us better understand the future of the present day ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. I primarily use surface exposure dating to constrain when and how quickly past ice sheets deglaciated. By combining this information with records of past climate change we can understand how factors such as climate and topography influence the ice sheets behaviour.

My previous work has focussed on the former British-Irish Ice Sheet as part of the BRITICE-CHRONO NERC consortium. My role in this project involved numeous geochronological sampling campaigns and quality assurance of legacy geochronological data. My role at Durham will see my switch my focus to the Southern Hemisphere to try to understand past changes in Antarctica and what they might mean for understanding the future.

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