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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), Dr Jeroen Schoorl (Wageningen University) and Prof Rob Scaife (Southampton University).

I am also working with colleagues from Newcastle University Computing (Dr Stephen McGough,  Durham  University (Prof John Wainwright)  and Becky Briant (Birkbeck University of London) 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

Currently on the supervision team of Matilda Nash.

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 )
Co-leader of FACSIMILE (Field And Computer SIMulation In Landscape Evolution)  international research group (2014-)


Work in Turkey (2004-2020) funded by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). The latest funding (2017-2020) is for a project entitled Pleistocene Environments of the Gediz Valley: Stable isotope signatures from Travertines 

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 

GEO2136; Global Environmental Change (with Prof Juggins)

GEO3147: Palaeoclimates (with Dr Andy Henderson)

I also teach on :

GEO2127:  Doing Physical Geography Research: Theory and Practise

GEO2137: Key Methods for Physical Geographers