Dr Neil Ross
Lecturer in Physical Geography

  • Email: neil.ross@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5111
  • Address: Newcastle University
    Daysh Building
    Claremont Road
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    Room: Daysh 3.67a

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Interests: Glaciology; Geophysics; Quaternary Environments; Permafrost  

  • Lecturer in Physical Geography (Newcastle University) 2012-present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glacier Geophysics (University of Edinburgh) 2007-2012
  • PhD Earth Sciences (Cardiff University) 2002-2006
  • MSc Quaternary Science (Royal Holloway, London) 2000-2001
  • BSc (Hons) Geography (St Andrews) 1995-1999  

Geophysical techniques: I specialise in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of radio-echo sounding (RES) data, but also have expertise in electrical resistivity tomography, magnetics, seismic refraction and reflection.  

A member of the Lake Ellsworth Consortium, I participated in the geophysical exploration of Subglacial Lake Ellsworth in 2007/08 and 2008/09. 

Undergraduate Teaching (2015/16)

GEO2106 - Earth Surface Processes (module leader)

GEO3128 - Polar Environments  (module leader)

GEO3136 - Applied Geomorphology and Natural Hazards

GEO2052 - Physical Geography Field Course 2 - Iceland

GEO2111 - Doing Geographical Research: Theory and Practice

GEO3099 - Dissertation

Current projects:

"A portable, adaptable, low-frequency ice-penetrating radar system for ice-sheet hydrology and dynamics" 

(Nov 2014 to Oct 2015). 

Funding: Royal Society Research Grant (£15,000)

Past projects:

Between 2010-2014 I was a member of a team that acquired airborne geophysical datasets (RES, gravity and magnetics) over the Institute and Moller ice streams in West Antarctica. This project, funded by the NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI), and led by Martin Siegert (now Imperial College London) was in collaboration with scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, York and Exeter. The project applied airborne geophysical techniques (RES, gravity and magnetics) to characterise the basal boundary conditions and flow dynamics of ice streams in the Weddell Sea sector of West Antarctica.  By 2014, the project team had published nine research papers detailing their results.

PhD supervision:

Kate Winter (Northumbria University)

Guy Paxman (Durham University)

Hafeez Jeofry (Imperial College London)

MPhil supervision:

Aimee Spriggs (Newcastle University)

Charlotte Bunce (Newcastle University)


President's Award of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society [2014]