Dr Alastair Graham
Lecturer in Physical Geography


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Alastair obtained his first degree in Physical Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London (2000-2003). Interests in the changing cryosphere and Earth’s icy past led him to undertake a PhD at Imperial College London, studying the Pleistocene glacial history of the North Sea basin (2003-2007). Jointly funded by the British Geological Survey under a UCAC studentship, the project utilised novel industry-standard 3D seismic and borehole datasets to uncover the dynamics and behaviour of the offshore parts of the former British Ice Sheet. In 2004, he spent a semester as a Marie Curie PhD fellow, working with Hans Petter Sejrup in the Department of Marine Geosciences at the University of Bergen, Norway. On gaining his PhD, Alastair moved to the British Antarctic Survey, in Cambridge, where he worked initially as a Marine Geophysicist and latterly as a Marine Geomorphologist, both within the world-leading ‘Ice Sheets’ programme. During 6.5 years at BAS, Alastair worked as a PDRA on AFI-funded project 4/17 (Glacial-interglacial changes in the lost drainage basin on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet) and, more recently, as a geophysicist with the NERC ChEsSO (Chemosynthetic Ecosystems in the Southern Ocean) consortium studying hydrothermal vents using underwater remotely-operated vehicles. His work at BAS also formed major contributions to the successful ‘GRADES-QWAD’ (Glacial Retreat in Antarctica and Deglaciation of the Earth System – Quaternary West Antarctic Deglaciations) and ‘Palaeo-Ice Sheets’ core-funded workpackages. To-date, Alastair has participated in 7 major Southern Ocean marine geoscientific expeditions, including pioneering seasons in the remote Amundsen and Weddell Seas, as well as two technical trials cruises in UK waters. He has also undertaken glacial-geological fieldwork in both the UK and Iceland. In 2013, Alastair moved to the School of Geography, University of Exeter, to take up a lectureship in Physical Geography, where he continues to carry forward his research and teach in the areas of ice-sheet change, glacial geology, marine geophysics, and geomorphology.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Glacial geology and geomorphology;
  • Marine geophysics and geoscientific work at sea;
  • Quaternary environmental change;
  • Ice-sheet changes and the marine environment, past and present;
  • Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.


PhD, Marine Geophysics, Imperial College, University of London, U.K. 2007
BSc, Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K. 2003

Office Hours - Weeks 9-12:

Tuesday 9.30-10.30, Thursday 11-12; however, I'm happy to see any student by arrangement - just email. 

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