Professor Darrel Maddy
Prof of Quaternary Science

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  • Address: Room; 2.27A
    Daysh Building
    University of Newcastle
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


BSc Physical Geography, UCW Aberystwyth (1985)
PhD Royal Holloway, University of London (1989)


Member of the American Geophysical Union 

Member of the Quaternary Research Association

Research Interests

Research interests include Quaternary fluvial system development and stratigraphy, fluvial geomorphology, geochronology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.

Current Work

I continue to work on Late Cenozoic fluvial system development in the UK (Severn, Avon and Thames) and Turkey (Gediz River, Western Turkey; Kura River, North-Eastern Turkey). My work in Turkey is in association with Prof Tuncer Demir and Dr Seydar Aytac (both from Harran University), Prof Tom Veldkamp (University of Twente) and Prof Rob Scaife (Southampton University)

I am also working with colleagues from Durham University (Dr Stephen McGough and Prof John Wainwright)  on developing a new Landscape Evolution Model, developed to leverage the high performance computing (HPC) power of general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs). 

Postgraduate Supervision

Second supervisor to: Louise Taylor

Esteem Indicators

Leader (1996-2006) and founding member of the International Research Group FLAG (FLuvial Archives Group) Member of the FLAG Executive (2006-2008)
Full Member of the INQUA Commission on Terrestrial Deposits and Processes (2003-2007 )
Member of the BIAA Research Committee (2007-2012 )


Work in Turkey (2004-2016) funded by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA).

Faculty and GPS funding to setup a local HPC cluster for Landscape Evolution Model development and to purchase additional cloud-based HPC capacity for model application.


Undergraduate Teaching

I am module leader for : 

GEO1020: Introduction to Physical Geography

GEO2107: Climate and Environmental Change: Present, Future and Past 

GEO2113: American South West Fieldtrip (not running 2013-4)

GEO3118: Ice Age World (not running 2013-4)

GEO3074: Dissertation (FH82 Physical Geography degree) 

I also teach on :

GEO1095(6): Study Skills

GEO1019: First year Physical Geography Field Course 

GEO2111 : Doing Geographical Research

CEG2715 : Advanced Study Skills (FH82)