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portrait photoDr David Graham



Lecturer in Physical Geography


Tel : +44 (0)1509 222763
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223930


Room NN.0.13e, Martin Hall building, East Park




2005 –  present: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University

2004 – 2005: Gatsby Innovation Fellow, Loughborough University

2001 – 2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Loughborough University



Research Interests


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


  • The links between glacier structure and depositional landforms. This research theme explores the nature of the debris-bearing structures within glaciers, the conditions under which they form and their ultimate expression in the sediment-landform associations left on glacier recession. This work utilises data collected in contemporary glacial environments (Svalbard, Iceland) and the Quaternary landform record (Britain). Key issues are the methods of debris entrainment and elevation, the processes by which englacial debris is transferred to the pro-glacial area, the preservation potential of the resulting landforms, and the appropriateness of observations in contemporary glacial environments to the interpretation of the Quaternary landform record. This theme also explores the landforms left by the last glaciers in Britain and examines their implications for the understanding of the nature of glaciation and deglaciation and how this varied across the UK.

  • Innovative data collection and analysis methods in the geosciences. This theme has seen the development of an automated method for the in situ measurement of river-bed sediment texture based on digital-image analysis of photographs taken using a hand-held camera. In addition to its benefits in river research, the technology has significant commercial application in the Civil Engineering consultancy sector and a commercial software product has been developed based upon it (see for further information). 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. In addition, new statistical methods of characterising the aggregate shape characteristics of a sediment sample are being developed. Such a characterisation is complicated by the tri-variate nature of grain shape. The new methods will enable sedimentologists to determine whether two samples come from the same parent population and assist with establishing their transport histories.

Further information is available from David Graham’s homepage.

Publications - A complete list of publications may be found on the LU Publications database.


Many publications are available to download from the LU Institutional Repository.

Research grants

The Royal Society: 'Paraglacial modification of moraines in Svalbard'. 2008-2010. £14600.


The Nuffield Foundation: ‘Automated characterisation of river-bed sediment for river management and research’ (NAL/32611). 2006-2008. £5000.

PhD students

Matthew Standell: Reconstructing basal thermal regime under Scottish glaciers.

Joe Pomeroy: The extent & character of subglacial deformation & its links to ice flow dynamics in the Tarfala massif, northern Sweden.

Undergraduate Teaching


  • Tutorials (Year 1)

  • Earth Surface Processes & Landforms (Year 2)

  • Geographical Research: Concepts and Designs (Year 2)

  • Remote Sensing and GIS (Year 2)

  • Research Techniques in Physical Geography (Year 2)

  • Arctic Glaciers Field Course (Year 3)

  • Dissertation Advisor (Year 3)

  • Snow, Ice, Environment and Landscape (Year 3)



Masters Teaching

  • Applied Environmental GIS


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dissertation co-ordinator

  • Programme Director, MSc Environmental Monitoring for Management


Other Activities

  • Assocoiate Editor, Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography

  • Secretary, IUGG Commission for the Cryospheric Sciences Working Group on Debris Transport in Glaciers (

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