My main research area is in tropical and applied geomorphology, with special reference to: Weathering and long-term landform evolution
Fluvial response to late Quaternary environmental changes
Applications of geomorphology to slope stability problems and to geodiversity studies.
Affiliation and Awards
Fellow: The Geological Society; Royal Scottish Geographical Society (former Council member and Chair of Research Committee to 2010); Royal Society of Edinburgh. Member: British Society for Geomorphology (Chair,1982-83; Treasurer, 2002-2006); Joint Editor CATENA, 1995-2005; Honorary Member, Forth Naturalist and Historian (Board, 2000-2010; Chair, 2004-2010).
Centenary Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society: for distinguished contribution to geographical research (2000); David Linton Award, British Society for Geomorphology: for outstanding contribution to geomorphological research and scholarship (2001).
- Role of weathering in long-term landform evolution
- Role of geomorphology in studies of geodiversity with particular reference to landscape sensitivity (Co-convener of BGS, BSSS, RSGS, SNH, Scottish conference: ‘Engaging with Geodiversity – Why it Matters’, held at The Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 1 December 2009) Impact of late Quaternary climate changes on landscape instability in humid tropical environments and in Scotland