Matt Tomkins

Senior Tutor in GIS

The University of Manchester


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.


  • Landscape evolution
  • Chronology
  • Cosmogenic nuclides


  • PhD in Physical Geography, 2019

    The University of Manchester

  • MSc in Environmental Science, 2016

    Lancaster University

  • BSc in Geography, 2015

    The University of Manchester

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?

Schmidt hammer exposure dating

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

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?

Recent Publications

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Moraine crest or slope: an analysis on the effects of boulder position on cosmogenic exposure age

Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (TCN) dating of ice-marginal moraines can provide unique insight into Quaternary glacial history. …

Probability-based interpretation of terrestrial cosmogenic radionuclide ages: P-CAAT, a tool for the ages

Direct numerical dating of landforms with terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides (TCNs) has revolutionized geomorphology. However, geologic …

The dynamics of mountain erosion: Cirque growth slows as landscapes age

Glacial cirques are widely used palaeoenvironmental indicators, and are key to understanding the role of glaciers in shaping mountain …

Rapid age assessment of glacial landforms in the Pyrenees using Schmidt hammer exposure dating (SHED)

Schmidt hammer (SH) sampling of 54 10Be-dated granite surfaces from the Pyrenees reveals a clear relationship between exposure and …

Schmidt Hammer exposure dating (SHED): Calibration procedures, new exposure age data and an online calculator

Recent research has established Schmidt Hammer exposure dating (SHED) as an effective method for dating glacial landforms in the UK. …


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