Department of Geography


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Professor Timothy T Barrows

  • Qualifications: BSc(Hons) (1996); PhD Quaternary Geology (2001)
  • Role Title: Professor of Environmental Change
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
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  • Department: Department of Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated with a BSc (first class Honours) from the Australian National University. I received an Australian Postgraduate Award and John Conrad Jaeger Scholarship and completed a PhD at the Research School of Earth Sciences. This also included a semester at the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington. I was awarded the Robert Hill Prize in 2000 for outstanding PhD research and communication of science. I spent my first postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. Subsequently, I spent 5 years as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Fellow at the Department of Nuclear Physics, The Australian National University. I lectured at the University of Exeter from 2009 to 2017. I was appointed at the University of Portsmouth in 2018. I hold a joint appointment as a Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Teaching Responsibilities

I have eight years teaching experience in geochronology, geomorphology, glaciology and climate change. I have led 5 residential field trips to Iceland to study glacial geomorphology and climate change. 


My research interests fall within the following main areas:

  1. Geochronology (using cosmogenic nuclides to solve dating problems. I also use optically stimulated luminescence and radiocarbon to date past environmental change)
  2. Geomorphology (determining the magnitude of past environmental change using the extent of former glaciers, periglacial landscapes, aeolian landforms and lake levels)
  3. Photogrammetry (creating 3D models of the landscape and objects)
  4. Palaeoceanography (especially using planktonic foraminifera to reconstruct past sea-surface temperature through transfer functions)
  5. Data archaeology (especially rescuing data sets, databases and visualising big data)

Research profile

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