School of Social Sciences and Humanities

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Professor Joanna Bullard Ph.D. (Sheffield)

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Associate Dean (Teaching)

Professor of Physical Geography

Academic career:

2018: Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology
2016: Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2014 onwards: Associate Dean (Teaching).
2014: Loughborough University Research-Informed Teaching Prize.
2011 onwards: Professor of Physical Geography, Loughborough University.
2006: Loughborough University Teaching Prize.
2004-2016: Adjunct Professor in Atmospheric Research, Griffith University, Australia.
2004: Philip Leverhulme Prize (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences). 
2004: Gordon Warwick Award (British Society for Geomorphology).

Professional responsibilities

2017-date Member RGS-IBG Council (Expeditions and Fieldwork)
2016-date Chair, RGS-IBG Geography Programmes Accreditation Panel
2014-2016 President, International Society for Aeolian Research.
2014-2016 Chair, British Society for Geomorphology.
2013-2014 Vice-Chair, British Society for Geomorphology.
2010-2014 President-Elect, International Society for Aeolian Research.
2008-2013 Associate Editor, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
2006-2013- Physical Geography Editor, RGS-IBG Book Series.
2004 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Geomorphology.

My research focuses on aeolian processes, landforms and sediments in both dryland and coastal environments.  It contributes to debates concerning, and our understanding of, the responses of arid and coastal aeolian systems to climate fluctuations and the potential importance of aeolian processes in global biogeochemical cycles.  Some of my recent research projects have focused on dust emissions in cold climates, the identification of sub-basin scale aeolian dust sources using remote sensing imagery, and coastal dune development and geomorphology on the North Sea coast. 

I have two current major research themes.  The first is focusing on the sources, transport, distribution and impacts of dust generated within the high latitudes (defined as ≥50°N and ≥40°S).  This involves collaboration with colleagues specialising in remote sensing and modelling of dust emissions, and also a series of major field campaigns in Iceland (2015-16) and Greenland (2017-2019) to determine dust emission processes and the impact of dust inputs to Arctic lakes and soils.  The second areas of research is investigating multiscale impacts of cyanobacterial crusts on the stability of arid landscapes and focuses on how cyanobacteria response to rainfall events affects the susceptibility of surfaces to wind erosion. 

My teaching focuses on aeolian processes and landforms.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Maud Van Soest:  The relative importance of soil-forming processes vs dust inputs under changing climate conditions in Kangerlussuaq, South West Greenland.

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Tom Mockford (2018): Sources, drivers and sedimentology of Icelandic dust events
  • Helena Stewart (2016):  Peat’s secret archive: reconstructing the North Atlantic storm frequency and volcanic eruption history of the last 10,000 years.
  • Anne Montreuil (2012): Aeolian Dune Development and Evolution on a Macro-tidal Coast with a complex Wind regime.
  • Mockford, T., Bullard, J.E., Thorsteinsson, Th. 2018. The dynamic effects of sediment availability on the relationship between wind speed and dust concentration. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.  doi:10.1002/esp.4407
  • Bullard, J.E., Ockelford, A., Strong, C., Aubault, H. 2018. Impact of multi-day rainfall events on soil surface roughness and physical crusting of fine soils.  Geoderma. 313, 181-192.
  • Nash, DJ, Bateman, MD, Bullard, JE, Latorre, C. 2018. Late Quaternary coastal evolution and aeolian sedimentation in the tectonically-active southern Atacama Desert, Chile. Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Palaeogeography.  doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.11.040.
  • Bullard, J.E. 2017. The distribution and biogeochemical importance of high-latitude dust in the Arctic and Southern Ocean-Antarctic regions. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. doi: 10.1002/2016JD026363.
  • Baddock, J.E., Mockford, T., Bullard, J.E., Thorsteinsson, Th. 2017. High latitude dust pathways in the North Atlantic. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 459, 180-182, 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.034.
  • Bullard, J.E., Baddock, M., Bradwell, T., Crusius, J., Darlington, E., Gaiero, D., Gassó, S., Gisladottir, G., Hodgkins, R., McCulloch, R., McKenna Neuman, C., Mockford, T., Stewart, H., Thorsteinsson, T. 2016. High latitude dust in the Earth System.  Reviews of Geophysics. 54, doi:20.1002/2016RG000518. 
  • Bullard, J.E. 2013. Contemporary glacigenic contributions to the dust cycle. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.3315
  • Prospero, J.M., Bullard, J.E., Hodgkins, R. 2012. High latitude dust over the North Atlantic: inputs from Icelandic proglacial dust storms. Science, doi: 10.1126/science.1217447