Department of Geography


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Dr Clare Boston

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc (by research), PhD
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 92 842498
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


My research focuses on understanding the extent and dynamics of present and former ice masses. I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography at Durham University in 2006 and then continued on to undertake an MSc (by research). This research explored till depositional processes beneath the Late Devensian North Sea lobe of the British Irish Ice Sheet using geochemistry.

I subsequently undertook a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London between 2008 and 2012, which examined the patterns and timing of glaciation in the Monadhliath Mountains, Scotland, during the Last Glacial Interglacial Transition. Following my PhD, I spent a year lecturing in Geography and GIS at the University of Exeter, before joining the University of Portsmouth as a Lecturer in Physical Geography in September 2013.


Meetings Officer, Quaternary Research Association (QRA)
Member of the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) and International Glaciological Society (IGS).

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to the following units:

Level 4

Applied Physical Geography (Semester 2 unit coordinator)
Foundations of Physical Geography
Geography Skills and Prospects
Population Resources and the Environment

Level 5

Research Design and Practice (Unit coordinator)
Geomorphology: Theory
Geomorphology: Practice
Applied Spatial Data Analysis
Residential Field Class (Ireland)

Level 6

Quaternary Climates and Landscapes (Unit coordinator)
Independent Study


My research focuses on the processes and patterns of glacially influenced geomorphology and sedimentology in terrestrial environments. This is achieved through geomorphological mapping and sedimentology, using a variety of methods including fieldwork, remote sensing, GIS and till geochemistry. More specifically my research interests include:

1. Reconstruction of Quaternary ice masses (extent and dynamics)
2. Subglacial and ice-marginal modes of sediment transport and deposition
3. The plateau icefield landsystem, including thermal regime and retreat dynamics
4. Palaeoclimate during the Lateglacial in Scotland
5. Quaternary chronologies, particularly relating to the Last Glacial Interglacial Transition.

My current research focus is on the response of plateau icefields in Norway to recent changes in climate through geomorphological mapping and sedimentary analysis of ice-marginal landforms. Funding has been from an EU INTERACT Transnational Access Grant and a British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) Early Career Research Grant.


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