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Dr Richard Selwyn Jones

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Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43478
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 401
Research Fellow in the Hazards and Surface Change
Junior Research Fellow, Ice Sheets and Sea Level

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Research Overview

Richard's research focuses on the applications of cosmogenic nuclide surface-exposure dating and glacier modelling. Using these techniques, he is able to constrain past changes in the geometry and dynamics of ice sheets. Ultimately, this improves our understanding of ice sheet response to climate, and provides analogues for modern and future ice loss.

Ice sheets can erode bedrock and deposit boulders at their margins. Surface-exposure dating allows Richard to measure how long ago these bedrock and boulder surfaces were revealed by a thinning ice sheet. With this information, he can establish the vertical and horizontal extent of ice sheets at different times in the past.

These surface-exposure data provide constraints for glacier modelling experiments. Richard uses both time-dependent steady-state simulations and transient simulations to investigate glacier dynamics under certain environmental conditions, and the response of glaciers to climatic and topography-induced perturbations.

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Interests

  • Antarctic ice sheet history
  • Ice sheet dynamics
  • Cosmogenic nuclide dating
  • Glacier & ice sheet modelling
  • Glacial geomorphology
  • Global sea level change

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2016: International Junior Research Fellowship: COFUND
  • 2016: President’s Award for Best Doctoral Thesis: New Zealand Geographical Society
  • 2008: Alfred Steers Essay Prize (Special Commendation): awarded by the Royal Geographical Society for the best undergraduate dissertation in a UK geography department.


Doctoral Thesis

  • Jones, R.S. (2015). Late Cenozoic behaviour of two Transantarctic Mountain outlet glaciers (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ). PhD.

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