The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Darrel Maddy

Prof of Quaternary Science



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 (Akdeniz University, Antalya) and Dr Seydar Aytac (Harran University, Sanliurfa), 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

none at present

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 : 

GEO2113: American South West Fieldtrip

GEO2136; Reconstructing Quaternary Environments (with Prof Juggins)

GEO3118: Ice Age World 

I also teach on :

GEO1020:  Introduction to Physical Geography

GEO2111 : Key Methods for Physical Geographers