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Dr Neil Ross

Lecturer in Physical Geography


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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 (2016/17)

GEO3136 - Applied Geomorphology and Natural Hazards

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


'Taught Supervisor of the Year' [Newcastle University Students' Union (NUSU) Teaching Excellent Awards 2016]


Current projects:

Peatland geophysics: Geophysical imaging and characterisation of Cors Caron, mid-Wales (Quaternary Research Association Research Grant: £760).

Proglacial geophysics:  3D geophysical imaging and quantification of proglacial landscape evolution 2010-2016, Gígjökull, Iceland  (School of GPS Research Committee Grant: £1,000). 

Past projects:

Peatland geophysics & palaeoenvironments: Postglacial environmental history of Wolf Crags and Moss, northern Lake District (School of GPS Research Committee Grant: £1,000).

Ice-penetrating radar: A portable, adaptable, low-frequency ice-penetrating radar system for ice-sheet hydrology and dynamics - Nov 2014 to Oct 2015 (Royal Society Research Grant: £15,000).

Antarctic subglacial topography: Better Beds (Newcastle University Humanities and Social Science Faculty Early Career Research Grant: £3,800).

West Antarctic ice streams:  Airborne geophysical survey (radio-echo sounding, gravity and magnetics) of the Institute and Moller ice streams in West Antarctica. This project, funded by the NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI), was led by Martin Siegert in collaboration with scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, York and Exeter. The project characterised 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) - co-supervisor

Guy Paxman (Durham University) - co-supervisor

Hafeez Jeofry (Imperial College London) - co-supervisor

MPhil supervision:

Aimee Spriggs [2013-2016] - "Seismic history of the Banning Fault: insights from geomorphological mapping, surface and curvature analysis." (Newcastle University) - lead supervisor

Charlotte Bunce [2015- ] - " Dynamic response of marine-terminating outlet glaciers to climate forcing in south-east and north-west Greenland" (Newcastle University) - co-supervisor

Devin Harrison [2016- ] - "Sedimentary architecture of the 2010 Eyjafjallajӧkull volcanogenic jӧkulhlaups: Gígjökull, Iceland"

Jake Collins-May [2016- ] - "Investigating the origins of glacial and glaciofluvial landforms in the Phlegra Montes; Mars"


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