Joe Mallalieu

Joe Mallalieu


I am currently a Teaching Fellow on the BSc Geography degree scheme in the School of Geography, having initially joined the school as a Teaching Associate in 2012. 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.

Before joining the School of Geography I obtained a BSc in Geography and a MRes in Quaternary Environmental Change 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 methods combine analyses of satellite archives with emerging topographic surveying techniques to increase the spatial and temporal resolution of datasets available for research. I am also interested in the triggers and mechanisms of glacial lake outburst floods.

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  • MRes Quaternary Environmental Change
  • BSc Geography

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higer Education Academy (FHEA)

Student education

I contribute to a broad range of subjects on the BSc Geography degree scheme, including: lectures and practical classes in the fields of geomorphology and environmental change; geography tutorials; dissertation supervision; and field teaching.

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management