Jeff Evans

Dr Jeff Evans

Ph.D. (Cambridge)

  • Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Academic career

2015 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
2007 onwards: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University.
2003 - 2007: Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.
1999 - 2003: Higher Scientific Officer (Marine Geosciences), British Antarctic Survey.

Professional responsibilities

2015 onwards: External examiner for the Master’s Degree (M.Phil) in Polar Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

Research is focused on investigating marine and terrestrial glacigenic landform records to better understand the history, behaviour, and flow-dynamics of Quaternary ice sheets and glaciers and associated environmental change in the Arctic (Greenland and Svalbard-Barents Sea) and Antarctic. Current work is focused on reconstructing ice sheet history in the Larsen-C region of the Antarctic Peninsula, and the fjords of Northeast Greenland since the last glacial maximum.

Ongoing research is focused on investigating the processes, landforms, and sedimentation at the grounding zone of palaeo-ice streams / ice sheets in Antarctica and using this information to constrain the timing and rates of grounding line recession, and how they relate to key environmental drivers of retreat, during the last deglaciation in the Antarctic Peninsula.

An additional long-term research focus is to examine the large to small-scale patterns and processes of glacial and glacially-influenced sedimentation and landforms associated with subglacial, grounding-line, and glacimarine (fjord, continental margin and deep-ocean) environments. Recent work is focused on examining the glacial processes and sedimentation that occur beneath and adjacent to the Larsen-C Ice Shelf and complements past work on ice shelf sedimentation and Holocene history of ice shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Recent work is also focused on using remote sensing and airborne-derived datasets and field data to investigate the spatial and temporal characteristics and behaviour of turbid meltwater plumes issuing from land- and marine-terminating glaciers to the ocean around Greenland and Svalbard.

Jeff's teaching includes:

  • Part-A: Earth System Science, Environmental Hazards.
  • Part-B: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Exploring the Ice Ages.
  • Part-C: Glacial Environments and Landscapes.

Jeff's current PhD research students:

  • Guy Tallentire: Spatio-temporal variability in sediment-laden meltwater plume activity, Kongsfjorden, Svalbard.
  • Amy Gray: Glacial contribution to lacustrine ecological, geophysical, and chemical yields in the high Arctic.
  • Batchelor, C.L., Montelli, A., Ottesen, D., Evans, J., Dowdeswell, E.K., Christie, F.D.W, and Dowdeswell, J.A., 2020. New insights into the formation of submarine glacial landforms from high-resolution Autonomous Underwater Vehicle data. Geomorphology, 370. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107396
  • Dowdeswell, J.A., Batchelor, C.L., Montelli, A., Ottesen, D., Christie, F.D.W., Dowdeswell, E.K. and Evans, J., 2020. Delicate seafloor landforms reveal past Antarctic grounding-line retreat of kilometers per year. Science.368 (6494), pp. 1020 - 1024. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz3059
  • Carrivick, J. L., Boston, C. M., King, O., James, W. H. M., Quincey, D. J., Smith, M. W., Grimes, M., and Evans, J., 2019. Accelerated volume loss in glacier ablation zones of NE Greenland, Little Ice Age to present. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 10.1029/2018GL081383.
  • Ó Cofaigh, C., Hogan, K., Jennings, A., Callard, L., Dowdeswell, J.A., Noormets, R., and Evans, J., 2018. The role of meltwater in high-latitude trough-mouth fan development: The Disko Trough-Mouth Fan, West Greenland. Marine Geology, 402, Pages 17-32
  • Evans, J., and Hogan, K.A., 2016. Grounding zone wedges on the Northern Larsen Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. From: Dowdeswell, J.A., Canals, M., Todd, B.J., Dowdeswell, E.K. and Hogan, K.A. (eds), Atlas of Submarine Glaciated Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 46, 237-238.
  • Evans, J. and Dowdeswell, J.A., 2016. Holocene submarine gullies and an axial channel in glacier-influenced Courtauld Fjord, East Greenland. From: Dowdeswell, J.A., Canals, M., Todd, B.J., Dowdeswell, E.K. and Hogan, K.A. (eds), Atlas of Submarine Glaciated Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 46, 103-104.
  • Arndt, J.E., and Evans, J., 2016. Glacial morphology of a palaeo-ice stream on the continental shelf of NE Greenland. From: Dowdeswell, J.A., Canals, M., Todd, B.J., Dowdeswell, E.K. and Hogan, K.A. (eds), Atlas of Submarine Glaciated Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 46, 263-264.
  • Evans, J., 2015. Antarctic ice growth and retreat. Nature Geoscience, 8, 585-586, doi:10.1038/ngeo2494
  • Evans, J, Cofaigh, CÓ, Dowdeswell, JA, Wadhams, P., 2009. Marine geophysical evidence for former expansion and flow of the Greenland Ice Sheet across the north-east Greenland continental shelf, Journal of Quaternary Science, 24(3), pp.279-293, ISSN: 0267-8179. DOI:10.1002/jqs.1231.