Dr David Graham Ph.D. (Aberystwyth)

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Lecturer in Physical Geography

Academic career

2010 onwards: Fellow, Geological Society of London (FGS). 
2008 onwards: Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 
2005 onwards: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University. 
2004-2005: Gatsby Innovation Fellow, Loughborough University. 
2001-2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Loughborough University. 
Awarded 2002: PhD (Aberystwyth) Glacial geology and geomorphology.

Professional responsibilities

2017 onwards: Member, British Society for Geomorphology Publications Committee (Web Officer)

2014-2016: Member, Geological Society of London Awards Committee.

2010-2016: Associate Editor, Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography


David is a geomorphologist and sedimentologist with a particular focus on glacial environments. His research has two primary strands:

Glacial geology and geomorphology. This research theme explores the nature and significance of glacial sediment-landform associations, focusing especially on their relation to debris-bearing structures within glaciers. This work has included examination of the sediments associated with basal ice at Icelandic glaciers with terminal overdeepenings, the structure of ice-marginal moraines at polythermal Svalbard glaciers, and the nature of deformation beneath polythermal glaciers in Sweden. This research makes extensive use of traditional geomorphological and sedimentological techniques, combined with geophysical methods (ground-penetrating radar and passive seismology) and remote sensing. The knowledge gained from work on contemporary glaciers has been applied to the British Quaternary landform record, especially those landforms associated with the Younger Dryas stadial.

Innovative data collection and analysis methods in the geosciences. This theme has seen the development of automated methods for the in situ measurement of river-bed sediment texture based on digital-image analysis. The technology facilitates the exploration of variability in river-bed sediment texture at a scale that has not previously been achievable, and work is underway to explore small-scale patterns of particle shape, size and orientation and their impact on hydraulics. This technology has been commercialised under the Sedimetrics® brand, and is now used routinely by a variety of environmental consultants and government agencies (e.g. the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. Work is also underway to explore the use of alternative sensors (e.g. the Microsoft Kinect), platforms (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and technologies (e.g. structure-from-motion) in geomorphology and sedimentology research.

My teaching focuses on the geomorphology and sedimentology of glacial environments.

Curent postgraduate research students

Tom Mockford (2013 onwards): Geospatial imaging using unmanned aircraft systems.

Kate McAnally (2016 onwards): Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as a data acquisition platform for flood risk management.

Leo Camelo (2018 onwards): Understanding geomorphic response to hydrological events.


Recent postgraduate research students

Eleanor Darlington (2015): Glacier – ocean interactions in the Arctic.

Matthew Standell (2014): Lateglacial (Younger Dryas) glaciers and ice-sheet deglaciation in the Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland: glacier reconstructions and their palaeoclimatic implications.

Joe Pomeroy (2013): The Sedimentary and Geomorphic Signature of Subglacial processes in the Tarfala Valley, Northern Sweden and the Links between subglacial soft-bed Deformation, Glacier Flow Dynamics and Landform Generation.

Swift, DA, Cook, SJ, Graham, DJ, Midgley, NG, Fallick, AE, Storrar, R, Toubes R, Evans, DJA (2018) Terminal zone glacial sediment transfer at a temperate overdeepened glacier system. Quaternary Science Reviews, 180, pp. 111-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.11.027.

Tonkin, TN, Midgley, NG, Graham, DJ, Labadz, JC (2017) Internal structure and significance of ice-marginal moraine in the Kebnekaise Mountains, northern SwedenBoreas, 46, pp.199-211. DOI: 10.1111/bor.12220.

Tonkin, TN, Midgely, NG, Cook, SJ, Graham, DJ (2016) Ice-cored moraine degradation mapped and quantified using an unmanned aerial vehicle: a case study from a polythermal glacier in SvalbardGeomorphology, 258, pp.1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.12.019.

Tonkin, TN, Midgley, NG, Graham, DJ,  Labadz, JC (2014). The potential of small unmanned aircraft systems and structure-from-motion for topographic surveys: A test of emerging integrated approaches at Cwm Idwal, North Wales. Geomorphology226, 35-43. DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.07.021

Midgley, NG, Cook, SJ, Graham, DJ, Tonkin, TN (2013) Origin, evolution and dynamic context of a Neoglacial lateral-frontal moraine at Austre Lovénbreen, Svalbard,Geomorphology, 198, pp.96-106, DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.05.017.

Pomeroy, J, Brisbourne, A, Evans, J, Graham, DJ (2013) The search for seismic signatures of movement at the glacier bed in a polythermal valley glacierAnnals of Glaciology, 54(64), pp.1-8, DOI: 10.3189/2013AoG64A203.

Graham, DJ, Rollet, AJ, Rice, S, Piégay, H (2012) Conversions of surface grain-size samples collected and recorded using different proceduresJournal of Hydraulic Engineering, 138, pp.1-1, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000595.

Cook, SJ, Swift, DA, Graham, DJ, Midgley, NG (2011) Origin and significance of 'dispersed facies' basal ice: Svínafellsjökull, IcelandJournal of Glaciology, 57(204), pp.710-720.

Cook, SJ, Graham, DJ, Swift, DA, Midgley, NG, Adam, WG (2011) Sedimentary signatures of basal ice formation and their preservation in ice-marginal sedimentsGeomorphology, 125(1), pp.122-131, DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.08.018.