Academic career

2018-2020: NERC KE Fellow, Insurance Sector.
2015-: Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University
2010-2015: Lecturer in GIS, Loughborough University                                       
2008-2010: Catastrophe Modeller (Natural Hazards), Zurich Insurance Plc.      
2005-2008: Bibby Research Fellow, St Catharine's College, Cambridge  

Professional responsibilities

2016-: Editorial board of Heliyon (Elsevier)
2011-2016: Nuffield STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach Ambassador.
2010-2014: Programme committee member for Geomorphology section of EGU.

Prizes and awards

2017: Loughborough University ‘Research Informed Teaching Award’

John is a geologist and physical geographer who uses numerical methods to model both the physics and statistics of active and Quaternary Earth processes. His aim is to gain fundamental insights into these processes, and to probabilistically quantify hazards and risk. His geomorphological work develops algorithms and novel methods, and typically provides the primary observational constraint in his work. In conjunction with the insurance industry, John's work on catastrophes aims to better understand the perils and methods to quantify them. Current research interests include:

  • Dynamics and mechanics of ice flow (e.g., how bedforms might allow ice sheets to flow faster)
  • Catastrophe modelling (i.e., risk, hazard and GIS)
  • Pacific volcanoes and deep Earth processes

John's postgraduate teaching (e.g. PhD students) is mainly in the area of natural hazards, risk and catastrophe modelling. The hazards include floods, wind storms, storm surges, and shrink-swell subsidence in the UK and around the world. Areas of particular interest include the impact on networks (e.g. roads), critical infrastructure, and how the hazards may (or may not) be inter-related to each other in how they occur.

His undergraduate teaching focuses on natural hazards, Earth surface processes, and John is commonly involved in field trips. He also teaches quantitative methods, integrating wherever possible pragmatic and interesting ways to allow students to become numerically confident and desirable employees.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Paolo De Luca (2016-) "Interacting UK Hazards – Impacts and Origins"
  • Michael Walz (2015-) "Hazard Uncertainty and related damage potentials of extra-tropical cyclones (HURD-ETC)"
  • Chrisina Caballero (2013-) "Critical coastal infrastructure and climate change adaptation"

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Joanne Parker (2013) "Adaption and resilience of Water Resource Systems to Climate Change"
  • Corstanza Morinio (2018) "The hidden hazard of melting ground-ice in Northern Iceland"
  • Benjamin Postance (2018) "Future climates - Understanding how the failure of engineered slopes impact UK transport networks"