Joe Mallalieu

Joe Mallalieu


I joined the School of Geography at the University of Leeds in 2012 as a Teaching Associate on the BSc Geography degree scheme, before being promoted to Teaching Fellow in 2016. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am also a Research Postgraduate in the school, investigating the interactions between ice-marginal lakes and ice sheet dynamics in western Greenland.

Prior to my employment at Leeds, I obtained a BSc in Geography and a MRes in Quaternary Environmental Change (both from the University of Aberystwyth), completed postgraduate studies at the University Centre in Svalbard, and was a Field Tutor and Head of Geography at the Cranedale Centre in North Yorkshire. I have also led Arctic expeditions with the British Exploring Society.

Research interests

I am a glaciologist with a specific interest in the interactions between ice-marginal lakes and glacier dynamics. My current research concerns the impact of ice-marginal lake formation, growth and decay on the dynamics of the ice sheet margin in western Greenland. My techniques combine the analysis of satellite archives with emerging topographic surveying technologies to increase the spatial and temporal resolution of the datasets available for research.

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  • MRes Quaternary Environmental Change
  • BSc Geography

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higer Education Academy (FHEA)

Student education

I deliver several components of the BSc Geography degree scheme:

Level 1

  • Physical Geography Tutorials 
  • Dynamic Landscapes 
  • Environmental Change: Past and Future 
  • Malham Residential Field Trip Leader 

Level 2

  • Physical Geography Tutorials 
  • Earth Surface Processes 
  • The Dynamic Environment of the European Alps 

Level 3

  • Dissertation 

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management