The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Physical Geography

Physical Geography


Physical geography at Newcastle University has a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

Our research primarily addresses global research agendas, but also engages with national and regional initiatives.

We carry out our research in a wide variety of physical environments across the globe, supported by active collaboration with colleagues within Newcastle University and beyond, both nationally and internationally.

Staff and postgraduate students within physical geography benefit from an inclusive and supportive research culture. Our academic staff conduct vibrant, high-quality research programmes supported by successful bids to highly competitive sources of funding, such as the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Examples of recent research projects include:

  • new homonid discovery in South Africa
  • Lake Suigetsu ultra-high-resolution palaeoclimate project (NERC-funded)
  • impacts of recent catastrophic floods in the North of England (NERC-funded)
  • impact of meltwater floods during the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland (NERC-funded)

We conduct our research in the field and laboratory using cutting-edge techniques. These are supported by our laboratories and field equipment, managed by our technical staff.

The University has also invested in our Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory, which supports our research at Newcastle and externally, via collaborative projects.


Our research group staff have significant experience and expertise in analysis of physical geography.


Dr Rachel Carr
Lecturer in Physical Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6436

Dr Stuart Dunning
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3251

Dr Andrew Henderson
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3086

Professor Steve Juggins
Professor of Quantitative Paleoecology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8799

Dr Andy Large
Reader in River Science

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6342

Dr Helen Mackay
Teaching Fellow (Physical Geography)

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5344

Professor Darrel Maddy
Prof of Quaternary Science

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6440

Dr Anne-Sophie Meriaux
Reader in Quaternary Geochronology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8939

Dr Emma Pearson
Principal Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6757

Dr Matthew Perks
Lecturer in Physical Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4728

Dr Neil Ross
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5111

Professor Andrew Russell
Professor of Physical Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6951

Research Students

Our postgraduates are working on a wide variety of physical geography subjects. These range from paired lake oxygen isotope records of climate change in southern Alaska to mid-Pleistocene transition in the Asian monsoon.

Research students


Safaa Al Zerouni

Controls on morphological change within wandering gravel-bed rivers over decadal time scales: the River Coquet, Northumberland, UK

Charlie Bunce

Dynamic response of marine-terminating outlet glaciers to climate forcing in south-east and north-west Greenland

Jake Collins-May

Origins of Glacial, Fluvial and Glaciofluvial Landforms in the Nereidum Montes; Mars

Becky Dell


Ryan Dick

 Finding tsunami causing landslide deposits in the lakes of New Zealand

Sonja Felder

Mid-Pleistocene transition in the Asian monsoon

Devin Harrison

 Sedimentary architecture of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanogenic jökulhlaups: Gígjökull, Iceland

Emily Hill

The Greenland Ice Sheet in a warming world: Determining drivers of current and future change on northern Greenland outlet glaciers

Arminel Lovell

Explaining the varying response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change