Dr Kate Smith
Lecturer in Physical Geography


Kate is very involved in teaching across a range of modules in Geography and Environmental Science. She is also interested in science outreach and communication and leads widening participation activities for Geography on the Penryn campus. Her educational and research background is broadly in the fields of physical geography and geoscience, and she is particularly interested in geomorphology, sedimentology, physical volcanology, tephra, ice-volcano interactions and natural hazards.


2004 PhD, University of Edinburgh

  • Thesis: Holocene jökulhlaups, glacier fluctuations and palaeoenvironment, Mýrdalsjökull, South Iceland.

1999 BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Aberdeen

  • Dissertation: Glacier hydrology, geomorphology and implications for the deglaciation of the Dinnet Basin, north-east Scotland.


2012 - present: Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Exeter

2010 - 2012: Visiting research fellow and tutor, Universities of Edinburgh and Iceland

2010 - 2012: Teacher, Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools, University of Edinburgh

2005 - 2010: Research Associate in physical geography and teaching assistant in sedimentology, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Landsvirkjun, Vegagerðin and the Science Institute, University of Iceland)

2003 - 2005: Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh

2000 - 2005: Tutor, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326253789
AddressPeter Lanyon Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Treliever Road
TR10 9FE

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