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Matt Tomkins

Senior Tutor in GIS

The University of Manchester

Biography

As a Quaternary scientist, I’m interested in the role of glaciers, rivers and landslides in controlling the evolution of mountain landscapes and the topographic signature left behind by erosion and sediment deposition.

My current research incorporates quantitative analysis of topography and absolute and relative age dating of glacial and landslide deposits.

As a Senior Tutor, I contribute to Undergraduate and Masters level courses, including Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts (in progress!) and Understanding GIS , deliver lectures, seminars and laboratory-fieldwork activities and supervise student theses

Interests

  • Landscape evolution
  • Chronology
  • Cosmogenic nuclides

Education

  • PhD in Physical Geography, 2019

    The University of Manchester

  • MSc in Environmental Science, 2016

    Lancaster University

  • BSc in Geography, 2015

    The University of Manchester

Where I work

Current research

Moraine crest or slope?

Cosmogenic dating of moraines has transformed our understanding of Quaternary glacial cycles. But can we improve the accuracy of cosmogenic datasets? New paper now published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Schmidt hammer exposure dating

A new cost and time-efficient approach for dating the exposure of granite rock surfaces

The Probabilistic Cosmogenic Age Analysis Tool

A new approach to isolate geologic uncertainty in cosmogenic exposure age datasets (P-CAAT), now published in Quaternary Geochronology

Cirque growth slows as landscapes age

Cirques are classic features of glaciated mountain ranges. But what do we know about their role in the evolution of mountain topography?

Paraglacial rockfall in the Pyrenees

Rockfall is a key component of mountain erosion. To what extent and for how long is this influenced by glaciation?

Recent Publications

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Moraine crest or slope: An analysis of the effects of boulder position on cosmogenic exposure age
The dynamics of mountain erosion: Cirque growth slows as landscapes age
Rapid age assessment of glacial landforms in the Pyrenees using Schmidt hammer exposure dating (SHED)

Contact

  • Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL
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