Durham University

In a sentence: "I have a First Class MSci specialising in glacial and Martian geomorphology, with a research project on chaos terrain in Valles Marineris."

From 2011 to 2015 I studied for my MSci in Physical Geography at Durham University. It was here that I took a pivotal third-year module titled Martian Landscapes: the geography and surface processes of Mars, which led me to my Masters subject of Martian glacial geomorphology. I gradated with a First Class Honours degree and the highest-graded dissertation in the department, as well as a solid understanding of planetary geomorphology.

 Valles Marineris with MOLA topographic data. Image ~1000 km across.

Valles Marineris with MOLA topographic data. Image ~1000 km across.

 With my poster at the UK Planetary Forum in 2016, which won second prize.

With my poster at the UK Planetary Forum in 2016, which won second prize.

 Chaos terrain in Candor Chasma. Image ~20 km across.

Chaos terrain in Candor Chasma. Image ~20 km across.

Masters project

“Glacio-lacustrine fill of Valles Marineris by ponding groundwater: evidence from chaos in East and Central Candor Chasmata” 
Supervisor: Dr. Patrice Carbonneau

Using CTX and HiRISE images in the GIS software ArcMap, I mapped over ten thousand polygons of chaos terrain in Valles Marineris for morphologic comparison with similar terrain in the Chryse Planitia. This was to test a recent hypothesis that Marineris was once entirely glaciated, and that the so-called chaos terrain in Candor Chasma was in fact relict ice rafts.

My research revealed complete morphologic indistinguishability between the chaos of Candor and Chryse, strongly implying formation by the same processes. While a Marineris glacier was precluded by this evidence, it does support other hypotheses for lakes in this region.

The paper of this work is currently in review with the journal Icarus.

 Marking recent flooding in the Lake District, 2013.

Marking recent flooding in the Lake District, 2013.

 Durham Cathedral in the 2013 Lumiere festival.

Durham Cathedral in the 2013 Lumiere festival.

 Digging for clues in the Quaternary cliffs of Cumbria's coastline, 2015.

Digging for clues in the Quaternary cliffs of Cumbria's coastline, 2015.

Key Specialisms

Martian geomorphology and surface processes; glacial sedimentology, geomorphology, and stratigraphy; palaeo-environmental reconstruction; Quaternary limnology, sedimentology, and climate change.