• 423 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
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I am a geoscientist with interests in glaciology, geohazards and the geomorphology of mountain environments. Much of my works focuses on understanding the mechanisms that shape landscapes (including glacial, fluvial and mass movement processes), as well as the response of glacial environments to climate change, including geohazards and risks posed by deglaciation (e.g. glacial outburst floods, landslides and water resource issues). You can follow me on Twitter (@glacio_cook) or Researchgate for updates on my work. 

I am particularly interested in developing collaborations and postgraduate projects around the following themes (in no particular order):

  • Hazards and risks associated with deglaciation (e.g. glacial lake outburst floods [GLOFs], landslides)
  • Geomorphological responses to deglaciation
  • Controls on glacial lake development
  • Glacial erosion and sediment transfer
  • Geomicrobiology of subglacial environments
  • Carbon and nutrient transfer from glacial systems
  • Public communication of geohazard and risk science

Current and former postgraduate students

  • Ethan Lee, MRes (Co-Supervisor, based at Leeds University), September 2018 – Present. Himalayan glacier change since the Little Ice Age.
  • Jamal Hassan, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at University of Dundee), August 2018 – Present. Using remote sensing and GIS to model the impact of deforestation on ecosystem services in southern Asia.
  • Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at Manchester Metropolitan University), September 2017 – Present. Carbon and nutrient export from glaciers.
  • Maria Loroño-Leturiondo, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at Manchester Metropolitan University), September 2016 - Present. Effective two-way communication of geohazards.
  • Anne Stefaniak, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at Nottingham Trent University), January 2016 – Present. Controls on supraglacial lake development.
  • Ioannis Kougkoulos, PhD (Lead Supervisor), January 2016 – January 2019. Glacier change and glacial lake outburst flood hazard in the Bolivian Andes.
  • Dr Mario Toubes Rodrigo, PhD (Lead Supervisor), September 2014 – October 2017. Geomicrobiology of glacier basal ice



I teach on the following modules (* denotes module leader):

EV11001* The Physical Environment (introduction to geology)
EV21001 Management and Monitoring (Scottish geology & georesources)
GE32025* Advanced Field Research (Iceland Fieldcourse)
GE32026 / GE42024* (Advanced) Polar Environments
GE31020 Field and Laboratory Skills in Physical Geography (Geomorphological Mapping)
GE31002 / GE41013 (Advanced) Glacial Processes and Environments


Academic Appointments

2017            International Visiting Scholar, Massey University, New Zealand

2012-2017    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University           

2009-2012    Lecturer in Glaciology, Aberystwyth University     

2009            Research & Teaching Fellow in Physical Geography, University of Hertfordshire              

2008            Lecturer in Glaciology, Aberystwyth University                    

2007            Sessional Lecturer in Environmental Science, Nottingham Trent University

2006-2007   Lecturer in Physical Geography, Liverpool John Moores University

Education/Academic qualification


Doctor of Philosophy, Keele University

Bachelor of Science, University of Greenwich

External positions

Publications Secretary , British Society for Geomorphology

1 Sep 201531 Aug 2018

Reviews Editor


  • G Geography (General)
  • Glaciology
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Geohazards
  • GB Physical geography
  • Climate Change

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Research Output 2003 2019

  • 423 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 30 Article
  • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
  • 1 Review article
3 Downloads (Pure)

Building bridges between experts and the public: a comparison of two-way communication formats for flooding and air pollution risk

Loroño-leturiondo, M., O'Hare, P., Cook, S., Hoon, S. R. & Illingworth, S., 24 Jan 2019, In : Geoscience Communication. 2, 1, p. 39-53 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
atmospheric pollution
pollution risk
3 Citations (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

Evolution of high-Arctic glacial landforms during deglaciation

Midgley, N. G., Tonkin, T. N., Graham, D. J. & Cook, S. J., 15 Jun 2018, In : Geomorphology. 311, p. 63-75 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
glacial landform
4 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Geomorphological investigation of multiphase glacitectonic composite ridge systems in Svalbard

Lovell, H., Benn, D. I., Lukas, S., Spagnolo, M., Cook, S., Swift, D. A., Clark, C. D., Yde, J. C. & Watts, T. P., 1 Jan 2018, In : Geomorphology. 300, p. 176-188 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
glacier advance
3 Downloads (Pure)

Give me five! – reasons for two-way communication between experts and citizens in relation to air pollution risk

Loroño-leturiondo, M., O'Hare, P., Cook, S., Hoon, S. R. & Illingworth, S., 27 Apr 2018, In : Advances in Science and Research. 15, p. 45-50 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
atmospheric pollution
air quality
pollution risk

Glaciological processes associated with the terminal overdeepening at Svínafellsjökull

Swift, D. & Cook, S., 7 Sep 2018, Glacial Landsystems of Southeast Iceland : Quaternary Applications. Evans, D. (ed.). London, p. 124-136

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

landscape evolution